SONOMA COUNTY, CA — When pictures of Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies making contact with a employee at a roadside Sonoma County fruit stand sparked debate on social media, Patch reached out to the sheriff’s workplace for particulars in regards to the incident.
Sheriff’s Workplace Spokeswoman Misti Wooden advised Patch the employee, 25-year-old Juan Gross sales-Domingo, of Oakland, was issued a misdemeanor quotation Saturday on suspicion of violating the Sonoma County public well being order for important companies working throughout the coronavirus public well being disaster.
Wooden mentioned Gross sales-Domingo was sporting a masks and one glove as he labored at a fruit stand close to the intersection of Adobe and Frates roads east of Petaluma, however there was no hand sanitizer or cleaning soap and water, and not one of the signage required beneath the county’s public well being order.
Farm and produce stands are amongst important companies allowed to proceed working in Sonoma County, supplied they adhere to social distancing and different protocol.
Sonoma County’s prolonged public well being order dated March 31 states that companies shall submit signage concerning their social distancing protocol and must also: present hand sanitizer, cleaning soap and water, or efficient disinfectant; present for contactless cost programs or, if not possible to take action, present for disinfecting all cost portals, pens and styluses after every use; usually disinfect different high-touch surfaces; and submit an indication informing all staff and prospects that they need to keep away from the ability if they’ve a cough or fever, keep a minimal six-foot distance from each other, sneeze and cough into one’s elbow, and never shake fingers or interact in any pointless bodily contact.
In line with Wooden, deputies had two earlier contacts with employees on the fruit stand: one on March 17, and one on April 17 — the day earlier than Gross sales-Domingo was cited.
In each cases, employees on the stand got a warning that to ensure that the enterprise to proceed working, it wanted to abide by the well being order, Wooden mentioned.
“There’s a complete set of protocol recognized within the well being order,” Wooden mentioned. “We take an academic strategy to assist them perceive why it is crucial.”
Wooden mentioned at no level was Gross sales-Domingo requested about his U.S. citizenship standing.
“The sheriff’s workplace can’t enforcement immigration regulation, and an individual’s immigration standing isn’t related to us,” Wooden mentioned.
After Gross sales-Domingo was cited, a good friend gave him a experience dwelling to Oakland, Wooden mentioned.
The quotation issued to Gross sales-Domingo is one among 22 the sheriff’s workplace has handed out because the county’s shelter-at-home and associated important enterprise public well being orders took impact.
Seven citations have been issued in connection to trip leases, which aren’t permitted to function beneath the county’s well being order until it’s for housing associated to the general public well being disaster.
Six citations have been issued to companies, Wooden mentioned, whereas two citations have been issued for gatherings in closed areas.
One other seven citations have been issued in reference to somebody committing against the law whereas additionally in violation of the shelter-at-home order, in line with the sheriff’s workplace.