August 4, 2020

Preserving Essential Services in Suisun City

Suisun City, along with many other cities across the state, has been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related steep downturn in economic activity. Throughout changing and challenging circumstances, Suisun City has been working hard to continue providing essential City services and to maintain the City’s long-term financial stability.

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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.

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Playgrounds Reopening Update

We have received numerous phone calls regarding the reopening of playgrounds in Suisun City.  Unfortunately playgrounds are considered high risk by both the State of California and Solano County .  Please see the attached Roadmap to Recovery which provides more information as to when certain types of activities will be permitted to open.

  Roadmap to Recovery (188.6 KiB, 120 hits)

Phased Opening of City Facilities

Suisun City has started a phased re-opening of City facilities all with appropriate social distancing, face mask and cleaning protocols in place.

In addition to ZOOM, City Council, Commission and Advisory Committee meetings will be open for public attendance, with capacity limited by social distancing protocols arising from public health orders.

If you come to any City facility, you must wear a face mask, maintain 6-foot social distance, and not be sick.

Since closing City facilities to the public in March, your City staff has successfully transitioned many public services to remote performance.  To ensure maximum protection from coronavirus transmission, this remains the preferred method of interaction.

 A drop box for water payments and other documents is available 24 hours per day to the right of the City Hall front door.

However, we also recognize that some things must still be handled in person.  For those transactions, City Hall will be open on an appointment-only basis starting Monday, June 1, 2020.

To make an appointment, please contact staff members during regular office hours by the following means:

The Police Department lobby is now open on a limited basis, and the Nelson Center will honor existing rentals with faith-based groups.

Join City Council on ZOOM

COVID-19 is making participatory democracy very difficult.  We’re innovating ways to use technology to overcome public health directives about group gatherings during the current emergency.

One answer is using ZOOM – a web-based video conferencing service – to enable residents to watch and participate in live City Council meetings.

 To join in, follow these instructions:

  • Go to the website: https://zoom.us/join
  • Enter the meeting ID: 744 576 1347
  • Optional call-in phone number (707) 438-1720

You also can watch a live stream of the City Council meetings at https://www.suisun.com/government/meeting-video/

For the meeting agenda & staff reports, please go to https://www.suisun.com/government/city-clerk/agendas/

KindeReady

The Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District and First 5 Solano will be offering KindeReady 2020 July 6th -30th. KindeReady is a a four week summer academy for children with limited school experience who are enrolled to start Kindergarten in August 2020. KinderReady provides an easy start for children who have not had school experience or who may benefit from a little extra time. For more information or quesitons regarding KindeReady, contact Corie Barloggi at corieb@fsusd.org or (707) 399-5041.

  KindeReady 2020 Information Flyer & Registration Form (1.9 MiB, 335 hits)

Police Department Needs Assessment

The CITY OF SUISUN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT is seeking a Police Department Needs Assessment. This request is open to any licensed, bonafide contractor with experience in these types of assessments. The consideration and selection will take place in accordance with all local, state and federal rules, laws, and regulations. Any questions or points of clarification shall be emailed to Daniel Healy dhealy@suisun.com no later than March 2, 2020, any additional information that is requested will be provided via email to all bidders

2020 SCPD RFQ Needs Assesment

Police Dept. Swears-in New Employees; Says Goodbye to Another

The Suisun City Police Department held a joint swearing-in / retirement ceremony celebrating the addition of five Police Officers and one Public Safety Dispatcher while honoring a retiring Community Services Officer Catherine Chandler for 21 years of service.

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STATE OF THE CITY

The City of Suisun City will be hosting a “State of the City” on February 1st, 2020 from 3-5:00 PM.

Located at the Suisun Harbor Theatre, 720 Main Street, Suisun City, CA 94585.

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