County Launches Program to Encourage Compliance with Public Health Mandates

By on July 27, 2020

In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, San Bernardino County is implementing a COVID-19 Compliance Education/Engagement/Enforcement (EEE) Plan.

This new campaign will be coordinated with local cities and is designed for encourage compliance from residents with public health mandates.

“Our County remains on the state’s Monitoring List, which restricts our ability to continue reopening our economy or allow schools to provide in-person instruction,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Getting off the list requires us to show tangible success in reducing new positive cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions — and that requires strict compliance with various public health mandates.”<

The County says first, they will work with cities to identify high risk businesses while allowing cities to take the lead in contacting businesses within their borders. The County Fire Marshal and County Environmental Health Services Division will field a team of 30 inspectors who will be tasked with visiting businesses, confirm reported violations, and offer assistance to help them come into compliance. 

As a last resort, businesses that continue to operate while ignoring public health requirements will be reported to the state Strike Team or local authorities for follow-up.

“Since our initial response to the pandemic, our goal has been to gain voluntary compliance from County businesses and residents, many of whom have suffered from COVID-19 and the resulting economic lockdowns,” said Sheriff John McMahon. “We want to help them survive and prosper — while doing everything possible to halt the spread of this disease. But we need their cooperation if we are to succeed in this effort.”

The full plan can be found on the county’s website at: http://www.sbcounty.gov/.