Joint Statement from Mayor and City Council on Governor’s Announcement on COVID-19 Closures

Mayor Lee Brand and Fresno City Council have discussed how the City of Fresno will move forward with the State of California’s announcement that Fresno County has been moved from Tier 2 designation (or red tier) to the State’s Tier 1 (or purple designation), the most restrictive COVID-19 level.  The updated tier assignment, released by Governor Gavin Newsom today, immediately shuts down all indoor dining activity for restaurants along with indoor operations for other local businesses as of 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Mayor Brand stated, “We expect our local businesses to comply voluntarily with the new restrictions while the City continues to focus on our policy to ‘fix, not fine’ in order to protect the health and safety of our residents.  My own brush with COVID-19 reinforces the need for everyone to follow the guidelines and stop the spread of this pandemic.”

Council President Miguel Arias added, “We can’t take any more chances with the safety of our community, so we all need to do our part to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 infection.  Code Enforcement will continue to educate Fresno businesses to protect the public health and will reserve enforcement for egregious violators not following health guidelines. ”