The San Jacinto City Council, after a sometimes-angry discussion, voted to have the city manager inform all city businesses they can be open at their own discretion, still maintaining 6-foot social distancing and using face masks and other coronavirus recommended precautions.
The unanimous 5-0 vote, May 5, followed a discussion spurred on by city manager Rob Johnson’s COVID-19 update.
“Based on the data and information that we now have, it is my assertion that it is time for the city to begin taking the initial steps toward economic and social recovery – gradually, incrementally, thoughtfully and safely,” Johnson said. “Essentially, I believe we are ready to start taking ‘small steps.’
“However, the city does not currently have this authority. I remain hopeful that