San Diego surge of COVID-19 with 18,400 cases and 400 deaths recently

Mayor Kevin Faulconer joins us to discuss his emergency executive order to open more outdoor seating for restaurants after having to close indoor dining.
2:48 | 07/10/20

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cases as more businesses begin to reopen there. So far over 18,400 cases have now been confirmed and over 400 deaths in San Diego county. Mayor Kevin falconer, joins us now on how he's combatting this surge. You signed an emergency order to expand that outdoor dining. How confident are you that moving dining outdoors will in fact help slow that spread? Well, we're very optimistic, I mean, it's great to be with you and it's really, what are commonsense things we can be doing, following the direction of our health officials, getting people from indoors to outdoors, allowing them to use those sidewalks, in essence creating outdoor cafes, to keep not only our economy going but again keep people safe, and as we work with our local restaurants with one goal -- keeping employees safe, keeping customers safe and doing everything we can -- again, following commonsense rules to help get people through this. In addition to the outdoor dining, what other efforts are you making to respond to this growing new coronavirus case situation? I'll tell you, it's constant education. Things that are commonsense, like wearing a mask, reinforcing, keep that physical distancing and it's really that important balance, right, between keeping our economy going, but keeping people safe. We have to do that. So whether it's the restaurants, the plans we put in place to keep people socially distanced at our beaches, requires everybody to be all-in on this. That's the message that we're constantly sending here. Mayor, switching gears a bit. There have been continuous calls from your constituents to defund the police in your city, what's your response to those calls and what is your plan to reform the San Diego police department? Yeah, we've been actively engaged in reform. I think that's the right thing to do. As I have constantly stressed, best practices today won't be necessarily best practices five years from now. And so, as we've taken the lead here in San Diego, things ending the carotid restraint, we'll have a very important ballot measure here in San Diego in November, a citizens oversight and review board, I think that's incredibly important. And so I really try to stress that we have to invest in our police department, we want community policing. We're having the right oversight that ensures that our officers are doing the right thing all the time. San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, thank you so much for your time Pleasure to be here. Thank you. There's much more ahead here

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