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San Diego Beaches and Parks Close as Mayor Kevin Faulconer Encourages San Diegans to Remain Home

The fight against Coronavirus at home in San Diego is equally as important as the national effort, which is why it’s so essential that our elected officials are being proactive and taking necessary measures to help here at home.

Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent stay-at-home order was enacted to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, but it heavily relies on the cooperation of local businesses and citizens to be effective. Thankfully, San Diegans have mostly done a good job of paying heed to the order, especially thanks to the efforts of Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his fellow elected officials. 

Faulconer announced that most of the city has followed official recommendations to self-isolate. Praising San Diego’s “unprecedented cooperation,” he continues to implore citizens to listen to Newsom’s directive in addition to national warnings.

However, this weekend proved to be something of a break in the compliance, as many San Diegans didn’t adhere to social distancing restrictions in public. As a result, Mayor Faulconer ordered the temporary closure of city-owned beaches, parks, and trails.

Nonetheless, the San Diego Police Department has seen an 11 percent decrease in calls over the past week, a sign that San Diegans have been complying with these local, statewide, and national orders.

These difficult times have put all San Diegans in a tough position, but it’s important that we adhere to the guidelines offered by the state and county for the sake of public health. We’ll be back on our beautiful beaches soon, but we need to remain committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible.

 

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