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City of El Cajon’s Food Sharing Ordinance Expires

Post Date:01/23/2018 2:45 PM

For Immediate Release                                                          

Date:  January 23, 2018

 

City of El Cajon’s Food Sharing Ordinance Expires

During the height of the Hepatitis A outbreak, the El Cajon City Council, in an act to protect the public’s health, adopted a temporary urgency ordinance prohibiting food sharing on City property. The purpose of the ordinance, as stated in the ordinance, was:

 

“to protect public health, safety and welfare of all users in city parks due to a countywide local public health emergency and a recently declared countywide state of emergency by prohibiting any persons or organizations from sponsoring, promoting or engaging in food sharing events on City owned property until the public health emergency is lifted by the County of San Diego”.

 

Earlier today, the County Board of Supervisors voted not to extend the Hepatitis A public health emergency.  Based on the County’s action, El Cajon’s food sharing urgency ordinance has expired.  City staff has since removed notices of the ordinance in its parks.

During the time that food sharing was restricted, local charities and community groups coordinated in their food sharing efforts.  The City encourages community groups to continue their valuable service to our community through the collaborative approach.

 

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