City Reminds Businesses To Close If Not An Essential Business
The City of Vista recognizes the significant negative impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on our local business community, especially on local small and independent businesses. However, as a continued defense to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to comply with State and County orders, the City of Vista is reminding all businesses operating within Vista city limits that they should be following the State’s Essential Critical Business Order (State Essential Critical Business List). Only essential businesses should be open and other non-essential businesses should stop operating immediately until further notice.
“It is unfortunate there are some non-essential businesses that remain open and we are asking for the public’s help in bringing them into compliance. Currently, we are in the middle of an education role for businesses. However, we are moving into an active enforcement role with those businesses,” said City Manager Patrick Johnson. “The first step will be direct contact, such as a reminder via phone or notice to that business owner. If non-compliance continues, we will follow up with stricter measures. We hope business owners will share this information to help them understand the need for compliances and help us prevent the spread of this disease.”
City Enforcement Officers will be checking to ensure restaurants are operating as delivery or take-out only, practicing social distancing, and keeping a 6-foot distance between employees. If non-essential businesses, continue to defy the order, the City will take enforcement measures. To help the many owners and employees of these non-essential and essential businesses, the City’s Economic Development Department has placed important resources available to businesses online here.