Mayor Gloria Signs Executive Order to Enforce COVID-19 Provisions and Urges Residents to Stay Home for New Year’s Holiday


From the Office of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria dated 12/30/2010: As local hospitals and intensive care units threaten to overflow while the coronavirus surges through the region, Mayor Todd Gloria today signed an executive order allowing for fines up to $1,000 for those who blatantly defy provisions of State orders or the San Diego County public health order. The executive order will be effective at 11:59 p.m. December 30, 2020. Mayor Gloria’s executive order also reinforces current State and County public health orders, which include:

  • The prohibition of private gatherings of any size
  • All retailers operating indoors must do so at no more than 20% capacity
  • No on-site consumption of food or drinks, including a ban on outdoor dining
  • Face coverings must be worn outside of the home, with specific exceptions as outlined by the California Department of Public Health
  • Nonessential work, movement and gatherings must stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • All businesses not meeting the definition of essential business or State authorized sectors are considered “nonessential businesses” and must remain closed

Mayor Gloria has also directed the San Diego Police Department to coordinate enforcement actions with the City Attorney, as well as county and state partner agencies. This comes just ahead of the New Year’s Eve holiday as Mayor Gloria urged residents and businesses to comply with current public health guidance from the State of California and San Diego County public health officials.

“As much as all of us want to celebrate the end of the year with our family and friends, it is more important than ever to heed the guidance of health officials at all levels and take the necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Gloria said. “We owe it to the overburdened healthcare workers, all those suffering from economic hardships and the 1,400 San Diego families who lost a loved one to this terrible virus to do everything in our power to stop this devastation from dragging on any longer than it must. COVID-19 is not a joke – this is a matter of life or death.”

To aid neighborhoods that have limited parking for residents, the City of San Diego will no longer enforce parking meter violations, time limited parking, yellow commercial zones and short-term green zones. Red, white and blue parking areas will continue to be enforced to maintain public safety.

  • Over 2,500 new cases were reported yesterday in San Diego County with the 14-day positivity rate at 10.8%. San Diego County is included in the Southern Region which, currently has an intensive care unit capacity of 0%.
  • Per public health guidelines, Mayor Gloria urges San Diegans to avoid gatherings and non-essential activities, practice social distancing, thoroughly wash their hands with soap and use hand sanitizer.
  • For more information on the California “Stay At Home” order, including what’s closed, what’s open and which industries are exempted by the state, please visit
  • For information regarding COVID-19 cases and directives from County of San Diego public health officials, please visit Text “COSD COVID19” to 468-311 for text alert updates.

For the updates on City of San Diego services, programs, links to helpful information and steps the public can take to help reduce the spread of the disease, please visit

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