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San Diego Police see increased activity, party calls amid stay-at-home order

San Diego police
Posted at 4:40 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 00:10:57-04

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) — After a weekend of increased activity and multiple party-related calls, the San Diego Police Department wants to send a message to the community that people still need to stay home.

After more than two months of the stay-at-home order, some rules are starting to shift. Beaches can now be used for exercise as long as no one sits or lays down, and restaurants are discussing how reopening will look. However, San Diego County’s stay-at-home rules remain in place.

Lieutenant Shawn Takeuchi said police responded to multiple party-related incidents over the weekend, including a shooting Saturday morning and a South Bay party that required multiple officers' response.

He said this concerns police heading into a holiday weekend.

"Let’s not let our guard down. Let’s not think that the easing of restriction means that we can go back to the life that we have been. There is still a county order in effect and I’m just encouraging all San Diegans to continue following that," Takeuchi said. "For us having seen what’s happened this past weekend, we’re a bit concerned, especially coming into this coming weekend with Memorial Day."

He said the department is ensuring they’re fully staffed for the holiday weekend, but notes that police are not allowed to enter a private residence, so they can’t enforce house parties. He said it’s up to the public to follow the rules and not gather in groups of ten or more.

"Everyone needs to do their part. The police department, we’re not going to enforce that, that’s not our role. It’s a private residence. It’s that person’s castle," Takeuchi said.