Santa Rosa adds fines for COVID-19 with exemption for landlords

13 August 2020

Santa Rosa has joined Sonoma County in imposing fines of up to $10,000 for coronavirus scofflaws, though the city aims to issue warnings before any citations and exempt landlords altogether.

The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a system of fines for residents, business owners and property owners for violations of the public health rules put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The council’s action will bring about a marked increase in coronavirus enforcement by Santa Rosa, which lacks the public health authority of Sonoma County and has taken a backseat to county counterparts in fighting COVID-19 since mid-March.

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