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Holiday Weekend Safety Message from Mayor John F. Dunbar

Post Date:06/30/2020



Date:              June 30, 2020                 

Contact:        Mayor John F. Dunbar, Town of Yountville
                           Whitney Diver-McEvoy, President & CEO Yountville Chamber of Commerce

Subject:         Holiday Weekend Safety Message from Mayor John F. Dunbar

Our Yountville Community,

As we approach the Independence Day weekend, it’s critical that we all continue to abide by California, Napa County and Town of Yountville emergency safety requirements and guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading or being infected with COVID-19.

Our residents and local businesses have shown impressive compliance with these orders, which has resulted in Napa County’s overall positive cases remaining low. However, we cannot relax our efforts.

While Yountville’s case count has remained at two positives for several months, officials on Monday reported 40 new cases countywide in the last 72 hours. These involved household or family spreads, as well as infections in community and workplace settings. While the overall positive case numbers likely will rise over time, we hope the increase will be minimal and remain well within our public health care capacity.

State and local public health officials are renewing the call to mind health and safety standards. Recently, we’ve seen other counties experience major outbreaks largely attributed to social activity involving large crowds where patrons failed to wear face masks or keep physical distance. As a consequence, the State has ordered several counties to close bars and beaches, while also delaying the reopening of some business sectors and recreational activities in those hot spots.

With continued discipline and compliance, we can avoid this happening here. The current California and Napa County orders prohibit public and private social gatherings, with extremely limited exceptions. The prohibitions include, but are not limited to, weddings, meetings, events, and social parties, both indoors and outdoors. People from the same shared household are exempt from this restriction.

You are required to wear a face covering outside when you cannot maintain at least six feet of distance from others. This requirement includes standing in line to enter a building or activity. You are not required to wear a face mask while exercising outdoors (e.g. walking, jogging, bike riding) as long as you can maintain the required physical separation.

The temptation to return to what we used to call normal behavior is natural. We must remain vigilant, however, in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Town of Yountville and Yountville Chamber of Commerce have partnered on both our pandemic response as well as our business recovery strategies. We ask that all of our residents, visitors and business community continue to behave wisely and help us all remain safe.

Thank you.

John F. Dunbar, Mayor of Yountville & Whitney Diver McEvoy, President & CEO of Yountville Chamber of Commerce


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