To keep Del Mar as a safe place for all to enjoy, on August 3 the City Council approved a face mask education and enforcement program that is set to begin next week.
The program will employ Sheriff’s deputies to work partial shifts two days per week to patrol the beach, Seagrove and Powerhouse parks, Stratford Court, Camino del Mar, and other areas with high foot traffic.
Face covering requirements to be enforced are spelled out in State and County public health orders. As established by the State and County, violations are prosecuted as misdemeanors and can be punishable with fines of up to $1,000 and jail sentences of up to 90 days, as determined by a judge.
Throughout Del Mar, signage and communications of many varieties remind residents and visitors to wear a mask. Notwithstanding, the City continues to receive complaints that members of the public are ignoring public health orders that require face coverings when social distancing is not possible.
The work will be assigned to Sheriff’s deputies — as opposed to parking enforcement officers, lifeguards or other City staff – because they are appropriately trained and equipped to handle enforcement of matters of this nature.
Efforts will focus on education first, followed by enforcement.
The pilot program includes signs and a public information campaign.