The County announced new restrictions and updated the public health order. Sheriff Gore announced voluntary compliance is over. The public health orders are “not a recommendation – they are orders.” The County will start issuing citations that could be up to a $1,000 fine, up to 6 months in jail, or both. The County is requiring strict compliance for all jurisdictions with the following:
· All essential businesses that engage with the public are to require facial covering (e.g., bandanas, cloth masks, not medical grade masks) for employees starting April 3 at midnight.
· Parking lots in all parks, recreation centers, beaches are to be closed effective April 3 at midnight. This is to discourage people from driving to other communities and to emphasize walking, bike riding, etc., near your home.
· Group activities are prohibited. People may walk in their neighborhoods but gathering for a basketball game, picnic, or party are prohibited.
The City will be increasing enforcement efforts over the coming weeks.
The City is implementing a new requirement effective immediately, that “While at work, City employees will wear a City provided mask anytime they are in a common area or in the presence of others, unless otherwise directed by their department head.”
City (Mayor, Police Chief, Fire Chief, City Attorney) is holding a press conference on Friday, April 3, 11 a.m. at CVPD, to announce the measures City is taking to address and enforce the public health directives to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
City is posting additional “closed” signs, placing additional barriers at park/trail/parking lot locations as needed, and deploying staff in City vehicles to assist with the information/enforcement campaign re: closures and social distancing.
CVPD, Park Rangers, and Public Works staff will be provided informational flyers (English/Spanish) to remind residents of the public health orders to encourage compliance before need for citation and enforcement.
County reports as of April 2, there are 966 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the County. Numbers breakdown: 514 cases are male; 452 are female; 181 have been hospitalized; 70 are in ICU. There are 16 reported deaths of residents due to COVID-19. As of April 1, there are 52 cases in Chula Vista. Globally there now are more than 1 million cases; 250,000 cases in the United States; 10,000 in California.