SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities Tuesday will begin citing essential businesses that have not complied with the requirement to post social-distancing and sanitization guidelines near the entrance of their businesses.
All employees of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants open for to-go orders, fast-food eateries, convenience stores and gas stations must also wear a facial covering at all times as part of a county health order that went into effect at midnight on Saturday.
Although the county is not mandating that residents wear face coverings, essential businesses can deny entry to customers whose faces are not covered, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said Monday.
"If an individual business chooses to say that you need to have a face covering to come into their business, that is a determination that those businesses can make," he said.
Supervisor Greg Cox said Monday the county has increased the services it provides to senior and homebound residents, with meals from the Aging & Independent Services agency increasing by 92% over the last three weeks.
He said seniors can access services by calling 800-339-4661, and elder- or dependent adult-abuse could be reported at that same number.
Fletcher said the shelter-at-home orders were particularly difficult for seniors.
"Reach out to senior citizens, whether they be family members or coworkers," he said. "Give some encouragement, support and help. The burden is much greater for them. They are under a higher level of quarantine and were told to do it earlier."