San Diego County is on the Governor’s Monitoring List because cases continue to surge, outbreaks are persisting in community settings, and the case rate is high (153.2/ 100,000). On July 13, the Governor issued closure directives for the state and additional restrictions for counties on the Monitoring List. He announced the statewide closure of indoor operations for restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, museums, zoos, card rooms, fitness centers, houses of worship, non-essential offices, personal care and barber shops, and indoor malls. In addition, all bars, breweries, and brew pubs must close all indoor and outdoor operations. The state and county closures are indefinite at this time.
Today is the 126th day since we activated our Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC Policy Group, which includes a number of executives and City Attorney as well as representatives from the various departments, have been working together to establish processes and protocols in order to continue providing services to our community in the safest manner possible. Our Police, Fire, Public Works, Animal Care, Library, Recreation, Engineering (Construction Inspection and Traffic Signals), Finance (front counter staff) and individuals from other departments have been on site throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. I want to acknowledge their commitment and dedication as many have stepped up and performed above and beyond in order to provide services to the community in a time of need.
Rest assured that we are following public health guidelines as we consider ways to make City Hall and services more accessible to the public. Employee safety remains a top priority and we are continuing to evaluate the workplace and create a safe environment for everyone in the office. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available at all City work sites for use in your daily duties.
With many school districts announcing classes will be held virtually in the fall, we will work with staff to determine the best options to balance your family needs with your work responsibilities.
As the pandemic continues to evolve, we will monitor the situation, implement necessary measures, and keep you informed. If you have questions or concerns, please work with your supervisor or contact the EOC policy group at firstname.lastname@example.org (starting next week). We are always looking for recommendations on how we can improve the workspace and provide innovative approaches to providing services during these difficult times.