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Mayor Issues Executive Order Further Limiting Gatherings, Closing Bars and Restaurant Dining, and Taking Other Emergency Actions

Order Issued in Cooperation with County Public Health, Turns Recent Federal and State Guidance into Law to Prevent Spread of Covid-19 Virus

San Diego – Continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of all San Diegans, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today issued an PDF icon executive order further limiting gatherings, closing bars and restaurant dining, and implementing other emergency rules within the City of San Diego.

Mayor Faulconer’s executive order aims to limit further spread of the Novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19. It turns into law the guidance provided yesterday and today by federal, state and county public health officials related to the global pandemic.

“These are serious actions, and they are being taken because without action there are serious consequences. The bottom line is if you can stay home, do it,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This is all being done to protect our friends, our parents, our grandparents, and anyone who is a senior citizen or has an underlying health condition. We expect all San Diegans to follow these emergency orders.”

Practicing social distancing by standing several feet apart in the lobby of San Diego City Hall, Mayor Faulconer was joined by City Council President Georgette Gómez, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell and the City’s medical doctor Dr. Joelle Donofrio-Ödmann.

“The measures announced today will help slow the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. I support the Mayor’s decisions,” Council President Gómez said. “We must also acknowledge the increased anxiety and financial hardship they will cause for struggling workers, families, and small businesses. We must take actions to lessen these impacts on people who were already living paycheck to paycheck.”

The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight and continues until March 31, 2020 at 12 p.m. unless otherwise extended. It mandates the following within City limits:

  • Bars and Nightclubs – All bars, adult entertainment establishments and nightclubs in the City of San Diego shall be closed to the public.
  • Restaurants and Retail Food Facilities – All restaurants and retail food facilities shall be prohibited from serving food for consumption on premises. They may continue to operate for preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, pick-up or drive-thru. Even in these cases, restaurants are directed to establish social distancing practices while customers are waiting for pick-up. This does not affect grocery stores, pharmacies, food banks, cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.
  • Supporting Grocery Stores – Trucks and other vehicles engaged in delivering grocery items to grocery stores are now exempt from having to comply with any City rules and regulations that limit the hours for such deliveries.
  • Public Gatherings – All public or private gatherings of 50 or more people in any indoor or outdoor space are prohibited. All non-essential social gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged, and it is strongly recommended that the public follow the March 16, 2020 guidance by the Centers for Disease Control by limiting gatherings in places of worship and implement new ways to practice faith while observing social distancing.
  • City of San Diego Operations
    • All City of San Diego public buildings are to be closed to the general public.
    • City departments will execute their Continuity of Operations Plans and continue to provide essential services including police, fire-rescue, water, wastewater and trash pick-up.
    • The City will limit parking enforcement and issuance of citations to holiday or Sunday enforcement regulations. Red, white, blue and time enforcement areas will continue to be enforced to maintain public safety.
    • Moratorium on water and wastewater shutoffs.
    • All businesses, venues and San Diegans will be required to abide by these new regulations. Any violation may be referred for prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
    • In addition, the City is working with the County of San Diego and the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless to help prevent the spread COVID-19 in the homeless community by installing 66 additional handwashing stations, deploying public health nurses to bridge shelters and instructing all providers to increase cleaning at local shelters.
    • The City continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to educate the public and limit contact and exposure to the disease.

For information regarding COVID-19 cases and directives from County of San Diego public health officials, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.

For the latest information about the COVID-19 virus, updates on City services and steps the public can take to help reduce the spread of the disease, please visit sandiego.gov/coronavirus.

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