Ventura County OKs legal enforcement of health orders

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Posted at 1:30 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 16:30:18-04

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Ventura County leaders have approved restraining orders and other enforcement actions against individuals and businesses who refuse to comply with local and state health orders to control the spread of the coronavirus.

The decision by the Board of Supervisors gave the county counsel discretion to seek court enforcement of health mandates.

The meeting was called days after the pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park said he would continue holding indoor services despite restrictions on large gatherings.

RELATED: Charges filed against Ramona Gym owner for failure to comply with public health orders

Meanwhile, prosecutors in San Diego have charged a gym owner with five misdemeanors for operating during the state’s shutdown orders.

According to the San Diego District Attorney's Officer, Peter San Nicolas, owner of Ramona Fitness Center, is facing five charges for “violation of California emergency services act.”

According to the document, each of the misdemeanors carries a $1,000 fine. The complaint states that from June 2 through July 17, San Nicolas “did refuse and willfully neglect to obey a lawful order.”

San Nicolas says he violated the orders because he felt it was the right thing to do. He is getting legal help to fight the charges.