Encinitas, CA, May 17, 2022 – Due to an uptick in Covid-19 cases county-wide, including an “outbreak” at City facilities, the City Manager of Encinitas is recommending a return to virtual meetings including City Council and Commission meetings. The City Council will consider the recommendation at a special meeting to be held on May 18th at 4:30 PM.
Multiple employees across departments have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week causing an “outbreak” as defined by Cal/OSHA. Cal/OSHA's emergency temporary standards on COVID-19 prevention define outbreaks as “three or more employee COVID-19 cases in an ‘exposed group’ within a 14-day period or identified as an outbreak by a local health department.”
As a result, per the state guidelines, the City of Encinitas haas implemented COVID Outbreak protocols at City Hall and all Public Works Facilities. Anyone entering either of these facilities will need to follow the outbreak protocols, regardless of vaccination status:
1. Wear a well-fitting mask when indoors if less than a 6-foot distance from others and when in the public areas of city facilities.
2. Monitor for Symptoms.
3. Wash Hands often.
In addition, scheduled meetings with staff to conduct city business at these facilities will be rescheduled to meet virtually.
“This is a disappointing development, but the well-being of our City Council and Commission members, employees and residents is of the utmost importance,” explained Encinitas City Manager Pamela Antil. “While all employees at City Hall, Public Works, Marine Safety, and Parks and Recreation facilities are vaccinated, the virus continues to spread and breakthrough cases of COVID are occurring. I am hopeful that by taking this step now, we will be able to avoid a ’major’ breakthrough as defined by Cal/OSHA and a safe return to in-person meetings.”
Before last week, the members of the Encinitas Firefighters Association were the last remaining employees not fully covered by the City’s vaccine mandate. At their May 11th meeting, the City Council approved a four-year agreement with the Encinitas Firefighters Association retroactively effective from January 2022 through December 2025.
“I am thrilled that we have reached agreement with the Encinitas Firefighters and I’m grateful for the parties that have worked so hard on it,” said Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear.
The four-year agreement provides a 16 percent increase over the life of the agreement including salary and specialty pay for paramedic certification, as well as a side letter agreeing to the City’s COVID vaccine mandate language.
Links to meeting live streams will be posted at https://encinitasca.gov/Government/Agendas-Webcasts.