Mayor Gloria Reacts to Recent COVID-19 Court Ruling


Todd Gloria, Mayor of San Diego City

SDVV Newswire & The Office of Mayor Todd Gloria

News services across the region are reporting on the potentially ground-shaking ruling handed down this week. On Friday, December 11, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a cease and desist letter to Pacers Showgirls International and Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club in San Diego. Both clubs remained open despite Governor Newsom’s regional stay-at-home order.

California Superior Court Judge Joel R. Wohlfeil issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday, December 16, that allowed the strip clubs to continue operating, stating San Diego County could not prove the businesses increased the danger of customers catching the coronavirus. Because of wording in the case, restaurants are now also allowed to continue operations.

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria issued the following statement yesterday in response to the judge’s ruling on Wednesday to allow strip clubs and restaurants to reopen despite COVID-19 public health restrictions put in place by the State and County:

“The City of San Diego is working closely with the County and the State to determine the implications of Judge Wohlfeil’s ruling. No one wants our small businesses to be closed, but the science and data are showing a dire trend in hospitalizations and deaths. Over 1,200 have died in San Diego County and the ICU capacity in Southern California has dropped to zero.

“We have a collective obligation to accept the personal responsibility of keeping each other safe. I am asking San Diegans to continue to stay home as much as possible, wear a mask, avoid large gatherings, and order to-go to support small businesses. The health of our local economy hinges on the health of San Diegans.”