Yesterday, The following is a copy of an email from Councilmember Scott Sherman. The Mayor and San Diego County Government issued further emergency orders in response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. Effective midnight on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Health Officer Orders in include:
• All events with 50 or more people in a single space at the same time, regardless of whether it occurs indoors or outdoors, are prohibited. All non-essential gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged.
• All businesses that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close.
• All restaurants and business establishments that serve food shall close all on-site dining. All food served shall be by delivery, pick-up, or drive-thru.
• All businesses shall enact social distancing, increased sanitation standards, and shall make every effort to use telecommuting for its workforce.
• Schools shall not hold classes or other activities where students gather on the school campus.
• A strong recommendation is made that all persons who are 65 years old or older, have a chronic underlying condition, or have a compromised immune system self-quarantine themselves at home.
• All persons arriving in the country from CDC Warning Level 3 Travel Advisory locations shall be subject to a 14-day home quarantine and self-monitoring.
The full Public Health Order is available here. This order shall be reevaluated and extended if appropriate on or before March 31, 2020.
The Mayor also declared a State of Emergency that implemented the following:
The order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. last night and continues until March 31, 2020 at 12 p.m. unless otherwise extended. It mandates the following within City limits:
• Bars and Nightclubs – All bars, adult entertainment establishments and nightclubs in the City of San Diego shall be closed to the public.
• Restaurants and Retail Food Facilities – All restaurants and retail food facilities shall be prohibited from serving food for consumption on premises. They may continue to operate for preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, pick-up or drive-thru. Even in these cases, restaurants are directed to establish social distancing practices while customers are waiting for pick-up. This does not affect grocery stores, pharmacies, food banks, cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.
• Supporting Grocery Stores – Trucks and other vehicles engaged in delivering grocery items to grocery stores are now exempt from having to comply with any City rules and regulations that limit the hours for such deliveries.
• Public Gatherings – All public or private gatherings of 50 or more people in any indoor or outdoor space are prohibited. All non-essential social gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged, and it is strongly recommended that the public follow the March 16, 2020 guidance by the Centers for Disease Control by limiting gatherings in places of worship and implement new ways to practice faith while observing social distancing.
• City of San Diego Operations –
o All City of San Diego public buildings are to be closed to the general public.
o City departments will execute their Continuity of Operations Plans and continue to provide essential services including police, fire-rescue, water, wastewater and trash pick-up.
o The City will limit parking enforcement and issuance of citations to holiday or Sunday enforcement regulations. Red, white, blue and time enforcement areas will continue to be enforced to maintain public safety.
o Moratorium on water and wastewater shutoffs.
The Food Service Department of San Diego Unified will be conducting a drive-thru/walk-up distribution of packaged prepared food. Children will need to be present to receive meals, and each child 18 years and younger can take one lunch and one breakfast for the next day. There will be no congregate feeding. All food will be consumed off site. Meal distribution times for all locations are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Clark Middle – 4388 Thorn St, San Diego, CA 92105
• Cherokee Point Elementary – 3735 38th St, San Diego, CA 92105
• Sherman Elementary – 301 22nd St, San Diego, CA 92102
• Zamorano Elementary – 2655 Casey St, San Diego, CA 92139
• Kearny High – 1954 Komet Way, San Diego, CA 92111
• O’Farrell Charter – 6130 Skyline Dr, San Diego, CA 92114
• Walker Elementary – 9245 Hillery Dr., San Diego, CA 92126
• Farb Middle – 4880 La Cuenta Dr, San Diego, CA 92124
SD Unified has posted instructional resources to help parents as they home-school their children.
Also National University and National University Virtual High School are offering three months of free online classes to all California college and high school students impacted by COVID-19. programs in April, May, and June 2020. California high school students may take up to three online classes offered by NUVHS in April, May, and June 2020. To learn more about this initiative, visit: https://www.nu.edu/coronavirusresponse/.
Blood Donations Needed
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As this disease continues to impact our communities, we need your help ensuring we have a sufficient blood supply to support hospital patients in Southern California and across the country. The Red Cross is working to continue delivering our mission, including the collection of lifesaving blood, but as more workplaces, college campuses and other venues send people home and encourage social distancing, we have had a staggering number of scheduled Red Cross blood drives cancelled.
As of March 16, more than 2,700 blood drives have been canceled in the U.S. due to COVID-19 concerns, representing approximately 86,000 fewer blood donations. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
As concerns about the coronavirus pandemic rise, we need your help to communicate vital messages to the public:
• Donating blood is a safe process and people should not be concerned about giving or receiving blood during this challenging time.
• More healthy donors are needed to give now to prevent a blood shortage.
• Keep scheduled blood drives, which will allow donors the opportunity to give blood.
• Share verified information from trusted sources on social media and/or follow @SDICRedCross for the latest local updates
For updated information please visit the City’s website here.
Councilman, District Seven