The City Council voted unanimously in its August 26, 2020, Council meeting to launch a pilot program to increase education about the importance of wearing a facial covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  While providing certain exceptions for health and other conditions, the County Public Health Order otherwise mandates that facial coverings be worn when within indoor public spaces, and when outdoors when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained from others not within the same household. Due to the importance of wearing facial coverings to help stop the spread of the virus, the program will be conducted by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.  The program will primarily focus on busy pedestrian areas such as the Downtown and beach staircases.  A Sheriff Deputy will provide guidance on where and when masks need to be worn and will also distribute masks to those that do not have them.  While the County Health Order does provide for penalties for those that do not comply, the City is optimistic that people will comply with the order.  

Did you know?  Masks with valves are not protective to others and should be avoided.  Also, to be avoided are “gators” which due to their construction can vaporize exhaled droplets into smaller particles which can travel further. 

Preventing the spread of the Coronavirus is the best way to keep each other safe and acting now will allow us to resume our normal lives and activities sooner rather than later.  The program will begin Saturday, September 5th.