CHULA VISTA COVID-19 EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT
The City of Chula Vista has begun expanded education and enforcement of the stay at home directives in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Mayor Mary Casillas Salas stressed the importance of everyone following all the directives and emphasized that stronger measures are now in place and will be enforced.
Chula Vista Police and City Park Rangers are patrolling areas to educate the public of the rules and handing out a flyer in English and Spanish with details. The goal is to have residents voluntarily comply. “We hope they will cooperate,” said Mayor Salas. “If not, they will be given a warning and then a fine.”
Police Chief Roxana Kennedy urged everyone to cooperate. Violations of the stay at home order in Chula Vista are misdemeanors with fines ranging from $40 to $1000, potentially a six-month stay in jail, or both. The Chief also warned of various scams regarding COVID-19 and asked residents to call the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5151 if they think they are a victim, and also to report any suspicious activity. “You can stay healthy by staying home,” stated Chief Kennedy.
“The Chula Vista Fire Department is prepared to serve its residents,” said Fire Chief Jim Geering. He issued a reminder to stay at home, to maintain a six-foot social distance, and that we are all in this together. In addition, he asked that residents use 2-1-1 and 9-1-1 appropriately. Callers should use 2-1-1 for information on COVID-19 including what resources are available and to report violations of the stay at home orders, and to only call 9-1-1 for true emergencies such as vehicle accidents or medical emergencies such as a heart attack. Do not call 9-1-1 for COVID-19 questions.
City Attorney Glen Googins stated, “We appreciate responsible behavior. We urge the public to adhere to the directives in this ever-changing aspect.” Googins emphasized that the City will be ramping up its education and enforcement and hopes the public will cooperate.
For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the City’s webpage: www.chulavistaca.gov/coronavirus.