Closed: City of SD Closes Public Beaches, Parks

This is all for the greater good!

March 23, 2020

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One of the hardest things to do is to stay indoors on a beautiful San Diego day. Trust me, I get it! But under the "safer-at-home" orders from the Governor of California, it is more important than ever to follow the orders to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Over the weekend, a ton of people disregarded the order and flocked to the beaches to get out of the house. People were NOT keeping their 6 feet of social distancing.

 

As a result, the City of San Diego has announced that they are closing ALL city-run beaches and parks to discourage gatherings in accordance with the statewide stay-at-home COVID-19 order.

 

Violators of the city-wide public gathering ban could face fines up to $1000.

San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief James Gartland spoke to KUSI News about it:

 

"If you are not complying with the governor's order, you are putting the first responders at risk, you're putting yourself at risk, and you're putting others at risk.," says Gartland.

Let's take a moment and think about how grave the situation can be. Symptoms of COVID-19 don't show up until 14 days after a person is infected. Let's say one unknowing infected person goes out, and they spread it to 10 people. Then, let's say those 10 people go out and unknowingly spread it to 10 more. That's 10x10 which equals 100 infected people, who don't know they're carrying the virus!! It puts our first responders, our elderly, and people with compromised immune systems at more risk.

I know it's really hard to stay indoors in our beautiful city, but the quicker we all comply with the stay-at-home order, the sooner this order can get lifted. I don't know about you, but I don't want to spend my whole summer indoors because COVID-19 is still spreading!

Stay safe and healthy everyone! We'll get through it together.

We spoke to Chief James Gartland this morning about the new restrictions and why they are important: