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San Diego Mayor signs executive order to close all bars, nightclubs

Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks at news conference
Posted at 5:36 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 02:24:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday announced new limitations on public gatherings, as well as bar closures and restaurant restrictions.

In the announcement, Faulconer echoed an declaration made earlier in the day by county health and elected officials. During that news conference, county officials announced that they would legally enforce new public health orders over COVID-19.

Faulconer said he signed an executive order forcing all bars and nightclubs to close to the public. "This is not optional, this is mandatory," Faulconer said.

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In addition, restaurants are no longer allowed to open dining rooms and, while people wait to pick up their food, social distancing must me enforced, Faulconer said.

The measures don't apply to grocery stores or restaurants located inside nursing facilities.

All city public buildings will also be closed to the public. During the news conference, Faulconer discouraged residents from attending any non-essential gatherings.

The order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and will last through March 31, unless otherwise extended.

The city is set to maintain police, fire, water, trash and sewage services.

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"No one will have their water discontinued," faulconer said while announcing that the city has suspended interest on late water and sewage bills.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said officers will be wearing personal protective equipment and may ask people they come into contact with whether or not they are sick amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Officers Monday will make contact with bars and restaurants to inform them of the new rules.

The announcement comes as confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County jumped to 55.