Fontana Mayor Urges Residents, Businesses to Act Responsibly During COVID-19 Outbreak

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Fontana California


March 26, 2020

Fontana Mayor Urges Residents, Businesses to Act Responsibly During COVID-19 Outbreak

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Fontana, Calif.- Mayor Acquanetta Warren today warned residents and businesses to exercise “responsible behavior and extreme caution” in order to protect the safety and well-being of themselves, their families and the community.

One day after San Bernardino County reported its second death from the COVID-19 outbreak, Warren strongly cautioned those who have failed to heed the warnings of public health officials and federal, state and local agencies to stay at home, exercise physical distancing and avoid non-essential and unnecessary interaction. 

“Irresponsible behavior is putting lives at risk, plain and simple. While most of our community has responded well, those who haven’t need to understand the consequences of their behavior,” Warren said. “People need to understand that the actions we take now will determine how quickly we get through this.”

Fontana was among the first cities in San Bernardino County to declare a local state of emergency, and has implemented a variety of measures to safeguard the community and its employees. These include the closing of community and senior centers, postponement and/or cancellation of community events and large gatherings, remote delivery of senior meals and prohibiting public access to City Hall. City business is fully operational – online or by phone.

In her statement today, Warren strongly urged the following:

  • Exercise vigilant physical distancing. As much as possible, residents should stay home unless absolutely necessary. When exercising, getting fresh air, buying food or otherwise in the presence of others, stay 6-10 feet apart at a minimum.
  • Shop responsibly. Hoarding puts others – particularly senior citizens and other vulnerable populations – at serious risk by denying them access to essential goods. In addition, long lines inside or outside of stores and supermarkets significantly increases the risk of infection.
  • Conduct business with extreme caution. To whatever degree possible, employees should be encouraged to work from home. At businesses deemed essential, vigilant physical distancing should be enforced, and physical proximity to customers and fellow employees should be severely restricted in accordance with government directives at the State and local levels. People should not engage in non-essential activity that doesn’t keep you at least 6 feet away from a service provider. Failure to comply may result in enforcement action by the authorities.

“We support our business community but not at the expense of public safety,” Warren said. “We’re in a whole new world right now, and this is not the time to take unnecessary risks. Just because you are healthy doesn’t mean that you’re not carrying the virus and potentially infecting others, including your loved ones.

“We will get through this, but we need to work together.”