COVID updates and other announcements

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Good afternoon Team Carlsbad,

Today we await the official word that San Diego County is falling down to the purple tier, which comes with new restrictions:

· Restaurants may only operate outdoors

· Places of worship may only operate outdoors

· Indoor gyms must close

· Indoor museums must close

· Maximum occupancy of indoor retail falls from 50% to 25%

In terms of city operations, in the purple tier our gyms must once again close, along with the Cannon Art Gallery and the historic buildings at Leo Carrillo Ranch. Keep any eye out for my City Manager’s Update in the early afternoon, which will have all the details released by the state at its noon briefing.

Employee cases

Since my update last week, two additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing our total to date to 14 cases.

If someone in your workplace tests positive for COVID-19, you will receive an email memo from the deputy city manager who oversees your department. If you are believed to have been in close contact with the person who tested positive, you will be contacted individually.

If you have been exposed to a confirmed positive person, either in or outside of the workplace (including family or your personal circles), do not return to work. Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, contact your supervisor and HR immediately to discuss options and determine when your appropriate return date will be.

Reference this updated staff Q&A for any questions you may have. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Let us know at

Honoring Veterans

Tomorrow is Veterans Day, a day that honors all of those who have served the country in war and peace. I wanted to give a special shout out to many of our city employees and their families who have served our great nation. From one veteran to another, a heartfelt thank you of appreciation. Please enjoy this video slideshow and gallery highlighting so many great pictures from the past and present. May it serve as a tribute to help us keep our veterans in our thoughts all year long.

We plan to play tribute to the veterans in our city family at next week’s City Council meeting as well.

Team Carlsbad Halloween costume winners

The results are in from our first ever virtual Halloween costume contest. It was a tight race, but the winners are:

Best team costume - City Clerk’s Office…

Best individual costume – Christina Rodriguez, Community Development

Favorite Pet Costume - Teddy Imoto (mom is Mika), Public Works

Favorite kid costume – Luca Aguilar (mom is Shoshana), Public Works

Congrats to all the winners! Thanks to everyone who joined in on the spooky fun this year.

Connecting with our community

Besides our amazing employees who are serving the community, our city is also full of amazing, everyday people. As I regularly highlight in the City Manager’s Update, Carlsbad residents young and old are doing some amazing things during the COVID-19 pandemic to care for our neighbors and our community. To further highlight those stories, we kicked off a series of photos of Carlsbad residents who are finding ways to stay connected and inspired during this time.

Our first profile last week highlighted Megan. Learn about what’s kept her grounded on the city’s Facebook or Instagram.

Is there someone in your neighborhood who has a story to tell about caring for Carlsbad or a unique outlook on life in our city? Let us know by emailing

Upcoming training

As a reminder, you can find all your online training opportunities on the staff page. Upcoming workshops include:

· How to strengthen your communication skills, Nov. 17

· Growing your neuro agility, Nov. 19

· Can you really “eat your way” healthfully through the holidays? Nov. 24

That’s all the updates for now. Thank you for your dedicated public service during this time. Eight months into this pandemic and I appreciate how we are still finding ways to pivot, connect and grow during this time. Early on I said we will come out of this time stronger than ever and I’m already seeing the fruits of our labor. Thank you, Team Carlsbad!

Miss my last update? Read it here.