January 18, 2021

Suisun City Council Adopts Noise Ordinance Regarding Noise Regulations, Specific Prohibitions and Exemptions Related to Noise-Generating Activities

Last month on June 16, 2020, the City Council adopted a noise ordinance. Prior to the adoption, the City was without a noise ordinance or noise regulations to enforce. The ordinance adds subsection “S” to Section 8.12.080 of Chapter 8.12 of the Suisun City Code. The ordinance also amends the “Construction Work Hours” section of Title 15.

The ordinance provides definitions, noise regulations, specific prohibitions, and exemptions related to noise-generating activities.

Please contact the Development Services Department with any questions at (707) 421-7335 or developmentservices@suisun.com.

View executed Ordinance below:

Governor Newsom Orders Immediate Shutdown of Additional Indoor Operations in Solano and Surrounding Counties

On July 13, 2020 Governor Newsom ordered the immediate shutdown of the following businesses in 30 California Counties on the County Monitoring List unless they can be modified to operate outside their establishments or by pick-up service only:

  • Fitness Centers
  • Places of Worship
  • Indoor Protests
  • Offices for Non-Essential Sectors
  • Personal Care Services
  • Nail Salons
  • Body Waxing and Tattoo Parlors
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Shopping Malls

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reporting this recent shutdown is due to the rise in new COVID-19 cases reported, hospitalization rates and dates in California within the past two weeks.

Solano County Public Health encourages all residents to continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health guidelines such as social distancing best practices, wearing a cloth face mask outside your home or when social distancing cannot be maintained, practicing coughing and sneezing etiquette, and using hand sanitizer or washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Testing is free and by appointment only. Sign up at www.Lhi.Care/CovidTesting and/or by calling (888) 634-1123.

For more information visit the Solano County Public Health website at www.SolanoCounty.com/COVID19 and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SolanoCountyPH (@SolanoCountyPH).

Visit the Solano County website at www.SolanoCounty.com/COVID19 to view the updated stay-at-home health order and directive, to access business industry guidance documents and the most recent COVID-19 health information, including the number of COVID-19 cases in Solano County.

Solano County Health Department Press Release:

Solano County Health Order:

Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal

On July 8, 2020 the California Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery announced a new campaign, Calling all Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal. The main focus of this campaign is to encourage all Californians to support small businesses in their communities as they strive to make the modifications that adhere to Public Health and Safety.

Partners of this campaign include industry-leading companies, such as Nextdoor, Google, and UPS. For more information, visit https://business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/

This website includes links to:

  • Free consulting, in 31 different languages, from California’s network of small business centers
  • Resources and offers from our partners to help businesses operate safely and build a digital footprint
  • Latest state industry guidance and county variances
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) through SafelyMakingCA.org, California’s new PPE marketplace
  • A free digital media toolkit for small businesses and partners

To view the full press release visit, https://business.ca.gov/calling-all-californians-shopsafeshoplocal/

Suisun City Issues Emergency Directive Allowing Limited Outdoor Dining and Retail Activities

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On March 16, 2020 the City Manager acting in capacity as Director of Emergency Services pursuant to Chapter 2.32 of the Suisun City Municipal Code declared a local emergency due to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19). This declaration was ratified by City Council Resolution No. 2020-40.

Based on the public health crisis, local business have been shut down (except in some limited capacity) for almost three months. Due to the shut down, businesses have lost revenue and economic devastation continues to affect the city’s health, safety, and welfare.

Over the past weeks, Solano County has allowed certain business to reopen with certain conditions. Guidelines for these business are provided by Cal-OSHA and CDPH here: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-dine-in-restaurants.pdf

The limitations restrict how many customers can be served in restaurants and retail. In order to increase revenue at a time of economic recovery, expansion of dining areas and shopping areas into sidewalks, streets, and parking areas can provide additional space where customers can be served while in compliance with the Industry Guidance to insure social distancing.

The Director of Emergency Services authorizes the following directives pursuant to Section 2.32.070 (A) to be ratified by the City Council within the earliest practicable time:

  1. Effective immediately, and for the duration of the local emergency, or for as long as COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Dine-In Restaurants and COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Retail apply, whichever ends first, temporary encroachment permits for outdoor dining and retail activities may be obtained by existing restaurants and retail businesses.
  2. Restaurants and retail businesses wishing to temporarily expand their dining and retail areas pursuant to Section 1, above, shall be required to obtain temporary encroachment permits. Permit fees shall be waived.
  3. Effective immediately, and for the duration of this directive, enforcement of the following provisions of the Suisun City Municipal Code (SCMC) shall be modified as follows:
    1. A temporary encroachment permit application pursuant to this directive shall comply with the requirements of Section 18.64.030, except that the application shall require one set of proposed plans, not two.
    1. Section 18.64.020 (Applicability) of Chapter 18.64 (Sidewalk Cafés) currently provides in relevant part that a “sidewalk café area must be located adjacent to the restaurant and may be located along a street, within a pedestrian mall or plaza, or alley.“ Sidewalk cafés shall be additionally permitted in all City-designated outdoor spaces, which may include sidewalks, streets, and parking lots, provided the use can be accommodated without undue interference with pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
    1. Enforcement of parking ratios for existing retail or restaurant businesses, as provided in Table 18.42.02 of the SCMC, is suspended.
    1. Perimeter barriers, as required by Section 18.64.050, shall not be required for temporary encroachments on sidewalks, but shall be required for temporary encroachments on parking lots and streets.
    1. Section 18.64.060(G), allowing restaurant furnishings to be left outside overnight shall not apply to temporary encroachment permits issued pursuant to this directive; all restaurants and retail businesses that obtain a temporary encroachment permit must bring all their furnishings inside every evening after closing.
  4. The temporary encroachment permits issued pursuant to this directive shall expire upon the earlier of the lifting of the Industry Guidelines or the local state of emergency, unless revoked sooner. Upon expiration or revocation of its temporary encroachment permit, the establishment shall immediately comply with all applicable municipal code provisions.
  5. A temporary encroachment permit issued under this directive may be revoked by the City for failure to comply with all applicable SCMC provisions, or for noncompliance with this directive.
  6. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, this directive may be rescinded or amended by the Director of Emergency Services or by the City Council for any reason prior to the lifting of the local state of emergency or of the Industry Standards.
  7. I hereby reserve the right to issue additional directives as needed.

Read the city’s full Directive and Press Release here:

Gov. Newsom Makes Masks and Face Coverings Mandatory in California

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a guidance mandated by Governor Newsom, which requires Californians to wear masks or face coverings in high-risk settings effective immediately. This guidance released on June 18, 2020 mandates the use of face masks to be worn by the general public when outside the home, with limited exceptions.

According to CDPH, cloth face coverings or masks will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing.

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
  • Interacting in-person with any member of the public; 
  • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; 
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; 
  • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; 
  • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:

  • Children aged two and under;
  • Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines. 
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence;
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others;
  • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff.

These guidance documents can be found by visiting the California Department of Public Health website at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-128.aspx.