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Businesses react to county cease and desist orders

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 20:37:36-05

SAN DIEGO — The county has stepped up enforcement of its latest round of Coronavirus restrictions, which took effect Saturday.

Nearly 20 organizations - bars, restaurants, yoga studios and churches - were served with cease and desist notifications for not following the purple tier, which mandated outdoor only service to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

At Reach Yoga in Pacific Beach, owner Alena Snedeker got a violation for holding socially distanced indoor yoga classes as late as Monday. She said she was aware it was no longer allowed, but was doing it as she transitioned to an outdoor location.

"With being open for two weeks, we can't turn the machine off," she said. "If we turn the machine off, we lose our business forever."

Reach Yoga, which did not hold classes Tuesday, will rent outdoor space at the nearby Soledad Club, which it will have to share with a karate studio and church.

"A yoga studio runs a lot differently than a bar or a restaurant or a church, so to have the same blanket over every single business. I don't feel that's right," Snedeker said.

At The Landing Bar in El Cajon, owner Steven Fort also got a violation , as a group watched football indoors on Sunday.

"As long as they're not shutting me down, I'm complying," Fort said.

Fort said he was confused over when the purple tier started, but is now fully outside.

Meanwhile, in Pine Valley, Major's Diner continues to publicly defy the order - without a cease and desist order. A spokesman for the county says that's because the violations are complaint-based. He expects more to be added.