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Supervisor Jim Desmond and North County mayors calling for some businesses to reopen on May 1

The North County leaders said they are eager to get businesses open and people back to work.

SAN DIEGO — County Supervisor Jim Desmond and North County mayors held a Zoom media conference Tuesday to call for some businesses to be reopened on Friday, May 1 and for recreational activities to be opened immediately.

The mayors that were in attendance at Tuesday's media briefing included, Carlsbad Mayor, Matt Hall, Escondido Mayor, Paul McNamara, Oceanside Mayor, Peter Weiss, San Marcos Mayor, Rebecca Jones, and Vista Mayor, Judy Ritter.

The North County leaders said they are eager to get businesses open and people back to work. They said the economic toll COVID-19 has taken on small and large businesses is devastating, and has caused recreational areas to be shut down, limiting outdoor options for individuals and families.

County leaders also said coronavirus has and will continue to cause significant, detrimental impacts to local businesses in San Diego County. 

Desmond said it's time to get people back to work so that they can take care of their families.

"It won’t happen overnight, but consumer confidence is huge so we need to take some time to get the economy going again -- if we can move thousands of people through Costco then we should be able to do the same thing with smaller businesses, too," Desmond said.

County officials said non-essential businesses that have been required to close has led to a collapse in revenues and a huge increase in unemployment claims. 

Carlsbad Mayor, Matt Hall, said businesses in Carlsbad have been hit really hard and it's essential that they reopen now.

"The most profitable time for this industry is May, June, July, August, and September -- so not only is COVID an issue, also this is time sensitive for many businesses and these businesses need to get open sooner than later," Hall said.

All of the mayors seemed to be in agreement that businesses have come up with plans and have showed their willingness to reopen in a safe and effective manner.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on May 5.

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