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Deputies ticket 22 people in violation of stay-at-home order in Encinitas

ENCINITAS — Citations were issued to 22 people found near the beach in Encinitas for violating the state’s stay at home order, authorities announced Saturday.

The tickets were issued Friday to people who “were watching the sunset, having picnics near the beach,”  according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

“Everyone is required to stay home, except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care or go to an essential job,” the department tweeted last week. “Complacency is the enemy. Take social distancing more seriously to stop coronavirus.”

The violations carry fines of up to $1,000 or six months in jail or both, the department said.

“You can easily transmit coronavirus (without) knowing it, creating a snowball effect,” a tweet from the department said. “By staying home, you can save lives. The public health orders were not created to follow when convenient.”


Richard Conner April 7, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Totalitarianism. The Citizens will not stand for this very long. The department’s tweet is not even correct from a legal standpoint. It is not illegal to go outside. These folks were in their vehicles – their risk of transmission was effectively zero. I am not anti law enforcement and I am certainly taking this pandemic seriously. We are also taking seriously the broad over-reach of power that is not even based on common sense.

Jim April 7, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Authoritarians and their tattle-tale minions are clearly enjoying the ample opportunities this current situation provides, all in the name of saving lives, supposedly. Unfortunately, for those not in that group these social distancing rules and overt economic shutdowns are not nearly as scientifically sound as they seem. At current, the media’s equation for the statistical severity of this virus (which they revel in) is oddly the number of fatalitiesdiagnosed with covid 19/ number of diagnosed cases. In reality, it ought to be the number of fatalities due to covid19/number of infected individuals. Problem is, we don’t have that denominator. So all these policies are based on other countries’ actions and a handful of models/predictions that speculate without that number. That’s seriously flawed and not without ramifications. Of the few areas where some better data has been collected (such as Iceland, Lombardy in Italy etc..) the data suggests a significant portion of the populace has already been infected and without harm (thus reducing the fatality rate closer to that of a serious flu epidemic). This is actually the data we need to collect to actually see what is happening (and antibody tests are the only way to get this) and thus how to move forward. Now, it must be said that this is clearly no comfort to the individual, old or young, who may, for no apparent reason ends up being the victim of this virus. However, that could be easily said of a serious flu strain or other transmissible bug which kills many thousands of people (young and old and everywhere inbetween). But policies this broad and intrusive aren’t written for those individuals, but for broad swaths of people and thus have far greater societal implications, many of which will also physically harm and kill people (joblessness, delayed surgeries, stress, suicides to name a few..). So fine, go ahead social distance, but don’t for a moment think that fining people for watching a sunset in their car or gathering in small family groups or closing beaches is having a great impact on the severity of this virus outbreak or saving lives any more than usual (impossible to scientifically verify, anyway). If you really think that kind of measure is what’s needed, might I suggest you be the first to start abstaining from all drugs, alcohol, sugar, treats, stress and only eat an officially approved diet (whatever that is) so that you stay as healthy as possible and don’t overburden the healthcare system by getting sick. But maybe it’s too easy to put the onus of your safety on others instead of developing a little more skepticism and a little less gleeful authoritarianism, (whilst still honoring good hygiene practices towards others). Just don’t for a minute think that your impositions are that pious. If you need more evidence of these points might I suggest reviewing interviews with scientists in this field such as John Ioannidis (Stanford), Prof. Jay Bhattacharya (Stanford), Prof. Knut Wittkowski etc.. for a rational, balanced perspective on the sars cov2 virus and current policy implications. Or go live in a bubble.

M. April 7, 2020 at 6:54 am

Announcing over the intercom “Beach is closed” would have been sufficient but I guess the city needs to make their money

J. Rizzo April 7, 2020 at 1:46 am

If one person or a couple stay in their vehicle they should NOT BE FINED.
It is safe and people need to get out.
Where I live in an aparrment complex people leave and come home after11..hmmm the folks here do not wear masks and mingle and visit others

Lowell April 6, 2020 at 5:18 pm

I can see both sides on this one. First, maybe just give them a stern warning. After all, sitting in your car is still keeping yourself isolated. naturally people who are congregating outside are violating the intent of the social distancing policy. On the other hand, can’t these people just wait a few weeks. There’ll be other sunsets. Tough call. Maybe the sheriffs could have cut people some slack but people do need to take this seriously.

nicole burger April 6, 2020 at 3:59 pm

” watching a sunset in your vehicle ” is hardly violating an order nor is it violating social distancing. I would be filing a formal complaint and not paying a damn dime. In addition, the city must be getting rich off the homeless or they excempt from watching the sunset ?

Max Webber April 6, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Money grab by the sheriff after a month of less traffic, less tickets, and less revenue. People parked in their cars by the beach were the low hanging fruit. Easy to catch. What about all the people walking along the beach, in the parks, etc? Too difficult to catch I suppose. Just like in Communist Red China. What next Encinitas? Secret police?

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