COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update:
Wearing Face Coverings is Good for Business
The first week of summer is in full swing. People are out enjoying Encinitas beaches, restaurants, businesses, and public spaces. While our City reopens and it feels like life is returning to normal, we must remember that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a presence in our community. The County of San Diego, has seen an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases and percent of positive cases among tests in the past 5 days, and Encinitas now has 99 confirmed reported cases.
The more we can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the more we support the health of our community and economy by ensuring that our local restaurants and businesses can stay open.
Wearing face coverings is good for business.
It is very important to follow the County and State requirements to wear face coverings when we leave our homes. Along with maintaining physical distance of six feet from people not in our household, face coverings are our best defense against spreading COVID-19. Many people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading the virus to others without their knowledge. A face covering blocks droplets when a person coughs, sneezes, sings, or breaths.
Per the County guidelines, you must wear a face covering anywhere you come within six feet of others. This includes:
• Waiting in line to go inside a store.
• Shopping in a store.
• Picking up food at a restaurant.
• Going into facilities allowed to stay open.
By using a face covering when in restaurants and stores, we protect the people working at the business and other patrons. We also prevent an outbreak or community spread of COVID-19 that could result in closing that particular business or a re-closure of more businesses.
A facial covering is mandatory while using the narrow staircases to access our beaches. Please help us keep these access points open by using them only to transit back and forth to the beach (no jogging/working out on stairs). Use the stairs in a single file fashion, and please be respectful while passing others. Be mindful of using a face covering when in other public spaces—even and especially outside where you can come into contact with other people such as sidewalks, the Rail Trail, beach lookouts, and parking lots.
When compliance of using facial coverings is high, spreading of the virus slows. We all can do our part to protect our community by wearing our face coverings when around others.
For information or questions, please contact Tom Bokosky, Director of Human Resources at (760) 633-2631 or [email protected]