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County of San Diego steps up health order enforcement, state enacts curfew effective Saturday night

County of San Diego steps up health order enforcement, state enacts curfew effective Saturday night

Indoor operations at restaurants, gyms, places of worship and movie theaters are currently not allowed as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

That is why the County has stepped up its enforcement efforts to make sure businesses and other entities are following the local health order.

To date, the County has issued more than 70 cease and desist and closure orders to local businesses and organizations for failure to comply. Over 40 of those were served this week.

When a business or entity is reported, the County investigates and determines whether to issue a cease and desist order. If one is issued, and the entity continues to violate the local health order, a closure notice is issued. A list of cease and desist and closure orders is available at the County’s corovavirus site.

“We are ramping up and enhancing compliance as well as testing given the surge in cases,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “We have not seen numbers like these in the course of the pandemic.”

Additionally, all local law enforcement agencies have been asked to help enforce the local health order.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will be sending enforcement teams throughout the region to help ensure the public health guidance is followed. The teams will first encourage compliance but will issue citations if necessary.

San Diegans are encouraged to report businesses or entities that are not following the local health order. Reports can be anonymous.

They can do it by calling (858) 694-2900 or emailing at SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Curfew Ordered for Counties in Purple Tier

The state has issued a limited curfew for all counties in the Purple Tier of its COVID-19 risk assessment system, which includes San Diego County.

Starting Nov. 21, non-essential work and gatherings must cease from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The curfew will last for 30 days.