COVID-19 Update from Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry

July 8, 2020
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Office of Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry
San Diego City Council
District 1

July 8, 2020
Contact: Moriah Gaynor
[email protected]
C: (619) 207-8616

July 8, 2020: COVID-19 News Update

Dear Neighbors,    

Local restaurants have clearly suffered from the COVID-19 lockdown. On Tuesday ⁠— the same day the State mandated that San Diego County shut down indoor dining at restaurants for three weeks ⁠— Mayor Faulconer signed an executive order waiving permitting for the use of sidewalks and private parking lots as outdoor dining venues.  

I’m frustrated that this has taken so long, and more action is needed in order to allow street spaces to also be used for dining. San Diegans want the option to be able to dine out safely. The restaurant industry employs thousands of San Diego residents, spends money with local vendors, and contributes important sales tax revenue to the city.  

The City Council will vote on a proposal that will codify the Mayor’s executive order on July 14. This will further allow restaurant owners to expand into street spaces in front of their businesses. I would like to thank the many District 1 residents including Phil Wise and Janie Emerson for their hard work on this issue.

This Saturday, July 11, please join me for B.Y.O.Bry, a virtual community meeting.  

The schedule is as follows:  

  • Carmel Valley / Torrey Hills / Del Mar Mesa: 9–9:15 a.m.
  • Torrey Pines: 9:15-9:30 a.m.
  • University City: 9:30-9:45 a.m.
  • La Jolla: 9:45-10 a.m.  

Additionally, you can meet with me on an individual basis in 10-minute, 1:1 timeslots between 10 – 11 a.m..

Registration is required for both the 1:1 slots and the community slots.  Please sign up here.

Please continue wearing a face mask when you go out in public, observe proper social distancing, and wash your hands.  I look forward to virtually meeting with you this Saturday.

With gratitude,  

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Council President Pro Tem  

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City News
7/7 Mayor Faulconer Signs Executive Order Helping Eateries Expand Operations onto Sidewalks and Parking Lots
Mayor Faulconer signed an executive order providing regulatory relief to restaurants. The order, which took effect July 7, waives permitting and parking requirements for the use of sidewalks and private parking lots as outdoor dining venues.

The executive order enacts two elements from a broader outdoor dining regulatory overhaul the mayor announced in late June. The executive order does not include allowing dining in street spaces.  Once approved by the City Council, that proposal will include additional components such as authorizing restaurants to expand onto on-street parking spaces.

Press release here. Copy of Executive Order here.

7/7 City Council Votes  
The City Council voted on several items this week, with all items passing. Some key items were:  

  • Item 330 - Consideration of Actions Related to a Proposed Ballot Measure to Amend the San Diego City Charter to Establish a Commission on Police Practices.
  • Item 331 - Consideration of a Proposed Ballot Measure to Amend the City Charter to Establish District-Only Elections for Members of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education.

The complete agenda can be found here. Archived minutes can be found here.

County News
7/7 County Board Approves Small Business Stimulus Program  
For-profit and nonprofit businesses suffering financial losses due to COVID-19 can apply for grant money from the County of San Diego if they can show losses and costs are a direct result of the pandemic.

To qualify businesses must have:  

  • 100 or fewer employees  
  • Headquarters in San Diego County  
  • A minimum 1-year operating history as of Feb. 14, 2020  
  • Documentation of financial hardship because of COVID-19  

For more information and the application, visit the stimulus website.

Article here.

7/6 Dine-In Restaurants, Other Indoor Activities Closed in San Diego County
Indoor dining at restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries closed July 7 for at least three weeks, after the County remained on the state’s Monitoring List for three consecutive days due to the region’s high number of COVID-19 cases.  

Outdoor/patio dining is still permitted until 10 p.m., but patrons must leave the premises by 11 p.m. Pickup, delivery and drive-thru can still occur. Also, indoor activities will be restricted at movie theaters, family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys and batting cages, as well as museums, zoos and cardrooms.

These restrictions will apply for at least three weeks, a requirement the state implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19. If the rate of infection for the region does not fall below 100, the period of restrictions could be extended unless the state issues new guidance.

Article here.

Current Cases in San Diego County
As of 5 p.m. 7/8:  

  • Total Cases in San Diego County: 17,842
  • 0-9 years: 481 cases  
  • 10-19 years: 1,148 case  
  • 20-29 years: 4,305 cases  
  • 30-39 years: 3,384 cases  
  • 40-49 years: 2,567 cases  
  • 50-59 years: 2,604 cases  
  • 60-69 years: 1,656 cases  
  • 70-79 years: 883 cases  
  • 80+ years: 798 cases  
  • Age unknown: 16  
  • Hospitalized Cases: 1,961
  • Intensive Care Cases: 524
  • Deaths: 406

Source here.  

State News
7/2 - Governor Newsom Launches “Wear a Mask” Public Awareness Campaign in Response to Surge in COVID-19 Cases
Governor Newsom announced the “Wear A Mask” public awareness campaign encouraging Californians to use face coverings.  

The campaign, will continue until at least the end of the year.

Press release here.

6/30 -  Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19  6.30.20
Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through September 30.

The order also extends provisions in earlier orders which allow adults to obtain marriage licenses via videoconferencing rather than in-person during the pandemic; waive eligibility re-determinations for Californians who participate in Medi-Cal, to ensure they maintain their health coverage; suspend face-to-face visits for eligibility for foster care; and permit In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program caseworkers to continue caring for older adults and individuals with disabilities through video-conferencing assessments.

A copy of the order can be found here. Press release here.

Local Resources
July 9 Webinar on New Outdoor Dining Options with City of San Diego Experts from 4 – 5 p.m.
The San Diego Downtown Partnership and San Diego BID Alliance are hosting a webinar with City of San Diego experts on expanding outdoor dining services following the Mayor’s executive order.  

The webinar will be on Thursday, July 9 from 4-5 p.m. via Zoom. Please register and submit your questions here.

Upcoming Events

7/11 at 9 - 11 a.m.
B.Y.O.Bry

7/14 at 11 a.m.
City Council Meeting

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Government Resources

CA Dept. of Public Health

CDC

City of San Diego

Council District 1 Guide

County of San Diego

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

State of California COVID-19 Resource

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Testing Information

County Testing Sites
To make a free appointment at a County testing site, please call 2-1-1 or use this link to make an appointment.

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State Managed Sites
Appointment needed via https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

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Kaiser Permanente
Call 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273) (TTY 711) to talk to a licensed care provider 24/7

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Scripps Health Nurses Line
888-261-8431

7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon - Fri, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat - Sun

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SHARP Healthcare Nurses Line
1-800-827-4277

Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat - Sun

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UCSD Health COVID-19 Nurses Line  
800-926-8273

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day

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