A popular Pacific Beach bar and restaurant was closed indefinitely by the county on Friday after videos on social media showed customers mingling shoulder to shoulder and without face covers.
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said that several cases of non-compliance with
public health order was reported on Thursday the first day the restaurants were
authorized to reopen their doors to customers.
“One of the most glaring
one such example is the El Prez restaurant, “said supervisor Fletcher.
during the public health briefing on Friday.
” They have not done the basic things that we ask people to do, “he said. “This has created an imminent health and safety risk. The actions you saw in the video can trigger an epidemic and compromise our ability as a county to move forward with the plan to reopen the state. “
Fletcher describes in more detail
Thursday’s scene in El Prez is disturbing and a “blatant disregard for the
public health orders and blatant non-compliance. “
San Diego Police
Department officials closed the restaurant Friday afternoon on the
SDPD Officer Bernie Colon
told NBC 7 restaurant staff that they are ready to make necessary changes to the business model
that would keep them in line with public health.
“We work with our
different agencies to make sure they have a solid plan to present the move
forward it to the county for approval, “said Constable Colon.
For now, the restaurant is
closed until further notice.
“They will have the chance
to meet with health officials to review their revised plans on how they will reopen
and ensure compliance to make sure nothing like that happens again, “
No other restaurants in the
the neighborhood has been ordered to close, according to Colon.