Pacifica police issued a warning to the owner of a local yoga studio on Thursday after investigating claims that he was not abiding by county public health orders.
An investigating officer reportedly saw that people inside the Pacifica Beach Yoga studio at 1615 Oceana Blvd. were not wearing masks, which would be a violation of a countywide urgency ordinance passed in August that was a prerequisite to wider business opening. Business owner Thomas Antoon was warned to comply with the rules, according to a press release. Such warnings are necessary before any citation could be issued under county rules.
If Antoon is subsequently found to be allowing staff and customers to be without masks, he faces a $3,000 fine per occurrence.
Separately, San Mateo County announced on Friday afternoon it was launching a business “compliance team” that consisted of eight people tasked with responding to reports of businesses violating COVID-19 rules. In a release from the county, officials say those efforts will be focused on educating employers about social distancing protocol, what to do if an employee turns up sick and other public safety measures.