List: County steps up enforcement with cease and desist orders

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SAN DIEGO — County leaders are stepping up enforcement of coronavirus restrictions and issuing cease and desist orders to businesses that defy the health order.

Officials released a list of almost 20 businesses that were served cease and desist orders after new coronavirus restrictions went into place this weekend. Restaurants and other businesses were required to stop indoor operations beginning Saturday because of the county’s move to the purple tier on the state’s coronavirus reopening system.

The orders, which were issued Nov. 16, cite the state’s COVID-19 industry guidance for fitness facilities, places of worship, and restaurants, bars and wineries.

“Restaurants may not operate indoors based on the County’s current Tier 1 status,” one order reads. “Failure to comply may result in criminal misdemeanor citations with a $1,000 fine for each violation.”

Staff posted the cease and desist orders on the county website Monday evening after county leaders urged San Diegans to help stop the spread of the virus.

โ€œWe are hoping and praying for the betterment of our whole region that most San Diegans understand that none of us want to be doing the things we are doing, but we donโ€™t have a choice,โ€ Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said.

The county said it is stepping up its enforcement of the health order to make sure businesses and other entities are following guidelines. If businesses continue to ignore the public health order, the county said staff will issue closure orders.

Letters were sent to local law enforcement agencies asking them to help enforce the local health order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, officials said.

San Diegans can make anonymous reports about businesses that aren’t following the local health order by calling (858) 694-2900 or emailing SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov

Orders issued Nov. 16, 2020

Photo: San Diego County

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