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San Diego Harbor Police cites charter company for violating county health order

Posted at 6:10 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 09:10:35-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Harbor Police have cited a charter company for violating the county's health order.

A sergeant for Harbor PD confirmed with 10News that Flagship Cruises and Events was cited for being in violation.

The county health order states that recreational boating is allowed provided all occupants of a boat are from the same household.

10News cameras were rolling as people walked onto the Flagship Cruises and Events dock and onto the company's Spirit of San Diego, capturing the boat's departure and arrival back into the bay. It is unclear if those boarding were all members of one family.

10News reached out to the company and a spokesperson sent us a picture of the county health order saying "We are stating we are part of section 14E, not C. That section states in part, "other public or private outdoor recreational facilities (other than community pools per State order), including recreational equipment (such as bicycle, boat, kayak, equestrian and surfboard) rentals may be open for limited use."

Flagship's website states, "We are Open" and has several sections outlining how they are operating during the pandemic. One section states that masks are required for passengers and everyone must respect six-feet social distancing guidelines. The website also states that all employees will be in masks, gloves and screen upon arrival. Also adding that the company is limiting the number of passengers per cruise to allow for maximum distancing and that they've invested in new machinery to sanitize all chairs between cruises.

Harbor Police says the citation for violating the county health order has a maximum fine of a thousand dollars and up to a year in jail.