Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer
Monday, March 30, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE
SAN DIEGO – Continuing the aggressive approach to protect public safety and provide relief to San Diegans amid COVID-19, today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer issued an executive order declaring all City of San Diego employees as disaster service workers. The order also directed other actions including streamlining medical supply delivery, extending building permits and waiving fees.
Joined by San Diego Police Department Chief David Nisleit, Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell and Lifeguard Division Chief James Gartland, Mayor Faulconer discussed how the actions in the executive order better position City employees to mobilize in the fight against COVID-19.
“This declaration is a proactive step that will give the City of San Diego the flexibility and capability to support the response to the coronavirus in our community,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “It’s all hands on deck because it takes all of us to fight this virus, and that includes the City’s dedicated public servants.”
Today’s executive order expands on the previous order issued on March 16, 2020 and goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight and will continue through April 30, 2020, unless extended. In addition to the mandates outlined in the Mayor’s previous executive order, County orders, and directives issued by the state, this executive order mandates the following within City limits:
Mayor Faulconer also lauded recent actions by Baja California Governor Jaime Bonilla and Tijuana Mayor Arturo González Cruz that included closing restaurants to limit gatherings. He also noted the overwhelming response to the San Diego Small Business Relief Fund, which opened to the public Friday and received more than 5,300 applications in just a few days.
For information regarding COVID-19 cases and directives from the County of San Diego public health officials, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.
For the latest City operational updates and steps the public can take to help reduce the spread of the disease, please visit sandiego.gov/coronavirus.
More information on the State of California “Stay At Home” order, including what’s closed, what’s open and which industries are exempted by the state can be found on the California COVID-19 response website.