COVID-19 Community Information
The City of Brea values the safety and wellness of the entire community. Since the County of Orange declared a local health emergency on February 26, 2020, City officials have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving situation; the City will continue to provide updates as we have new information to share. The City will also continue to work closely with its community partners, including the Orange County Health Care Agency and Brea Olinda Unified School District, to be prepared and best able to respond.
As of Monday, May 18, City Hall has re-opened to the public by appointment only. City staff remains available to assist with business matters by phone or email. To contact a City department, a reference guide is available to download with contact information. If you need to make an in-person visit, please call 714-990-7600 before coming to City Hall. Please note, face coverings are required and appointment check-in is located at the 3rd floor reception desk. City staff is taking health measures to ensure the safety of both employees and visitors. If you feel sick, please stay home. Plexi glass barriers have been installed at all counters, hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the building and there is a limit of no more than three persons in an elevator at one time. As a precaution to reduce community spread of COVID-19, all other City facilities remain closed for public access until further notice. The City of Brea continues to remain focused on providing services to the community during this pandemic.
At this time, we advise residents and businesses to follow all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as local advisories from the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Care Agency.
The County of Orange has established a COVID-19 Hotline for inquiries related to the pandemic: 1-833-426-6411
COVID-19 Case Counts
The Orange County Health Care Agency reports city-related data for COVID-19 cases daily. The information, along with other test figures, are available on their website.
Because transmission is occurring throughout Orange County, it is important for all residents to continue practicing social-distancing, as directed by the Governor and the Orange County Health Officer, regardless of case count in a particular city. Doing so will help to reduce the spread of infection, ease the burden on our hospital and healthcare system, and protect those most vulnerable in our county.
The State has released a new "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" to re-open businesses. Visit the website to see which businesses sectors are able to re-open in certain Counties.
Updated: November 19, 2020
State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19: Due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier. This includes Orange County. The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations. More information is available here.
Updated: November 16, 2020
Governor Announces Orange County's Move to More Restrictive Purple Tier: Today, Governor Newsom announced that Orange County, along with 27 other counties, is moving back to the most restrictive Purple Tier. This is due to the large increase in California's COVID-19 cases in the last 10 days. The State will also be reassessing data continuously in order to move more counties back, if necessary. Below is a highlight of the major changes due to reverting back to the Purple Tier. In addition to the changes, business sectors must follow all industry guidance available here. More detailed information can also be found on the State's website.
- Indoor operations must close for:
- Gyms/Dance Studios
- Movie theaters
- Outdoor gatherings only with modifications, maximum of 3 households
- Mall and retail store capacity down to 25% and food court must close
- Orange County libraries back to 25% capacity
- Schools that have already re-opened do not have to close. However, if a school had not already reopened for in-person instruction, it may not reopen until the county moves back to the Substantial (Red) Tier for 14 days.
- Personal care services, including hair and nail salons, waxing and estheticians remain open indoors with modifications
- Playgrounds and skateparks can remain open
- Youth sports remain operational with modifications
Updated: November 12, 2020
County Releases Considerations to Celebrate the Holidays Safely This Year: The Orange County Health Care Agency provided information on how to celebrate the holidays safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. They provided examples of lower, medium, and higher-risk holiday activities and suggestions on what types of activities are safer than others during this season. An informational graphic on this topic is available here, and further information can be found by clicking here.
June 11, 2020: Brea Mayor Marty Simonoff updates the community on businesses re-opening, the County's updated health order and the Brea community re-opening.