San Diego City & County Issue New Public Health Orders

San Diego County issued an amended public health order Monday that includes several directives in the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said that as of Monday afternoon, there have been 55 people in the county with positive tests for coronavirus, an increase from 39 during this last weekend.

Here are the measures included:

  • All public or private gatherings of 50 people or more people are now prohibited, and all non-essential gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged.
  • All bars, adult entertainment establishments and other business establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close.
  • All restaurants and other establishments that serve food shall close all on-site dining. All food service shall be by delivery, pick-up or drive-through. Social distancing shall be required for people picking up food on site.
  • All business shall enact social distancing and increased sanitation standards and shall make every effort to use telecommuting for its workforce. All businesses shall suspend any policy or procedure requiring doctor verification for sick or other leave approval.
  • All public or private schools, colleges and universities shall not hold classes or other school activities where students gather on the schools campus. Parents of school-aged children shall take steps to ensure said children are not participating in activities prohibited by the order.
  • A strong recommendation is made that all persons that are 65 years or older, have a chronic underlying condition or have a compromised immune system shall self-quarantine themselves at home.
  • Non-essential personnel are prohibited from entering into hospitals or long-term care facilitates. All essential personnel who show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 shall be strictly prohibited from entry into hospitals or long-term care facilities.
  • Hospitals and health care providers shall take measures to preserve resources including delaying non-emergent or elective surgeries or procedures where feasible.
  • Hospitals, health care providers and commercial testing laboratories shall report all COVID-19 test results to the public health officer immediately after such results are received.
  • All persons arriving in the county shall be subject to a 14-day home quarantine and self monitoring if they had traveled to or through countries on the CDC’s Level 3 countries. This includes originating or connecting flights from these countries.
  • Persons exhibiting mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate themselves in their place of residence until seeking medical care and treatment.

City of San Diego Orders Bars and Clubs Closed

Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the new measures in the City of San Diego at a Monday afternoon news conference where he said the city has taken some measures and directives from the federal, state and county government and made them law.

The city measures include:

  • Banning all gatherings of 50 or more people and strongly discouraging any non-essential event.
  • All bars and clubs will be closed as of midnight Monday night. Faulconer saying it is mandatory.
  • All restaurants shall be prohibited from serving food on site, which includes on-site dining. They are restricted to pick up. delivery or drive thru and they must practice social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Residents are strongly discouraged from holding any and all non-essential gatherings.
  • All City of San Diego public building will be closed.
  • Mayor Faulconer says the city will maintain primary and essential services, such as police, fire, water and garbage services.

(Photo credit San Diego County Newscenter)

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