Contra Costa County Passes Urgency Ordinance to Establish Fines for Health Order Violations

Press Release


Martinez, CA – On July 28, 2020, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors used its emergency powers under state law to pass Urgency Ordinance No. 2020-21 that establishes administrative fines for violations of public health orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board unanimously determined the ordinance, effective immediately, is necessary to provide an alternative to criminal enforcement of public health orders that will augment the ability of the County and other local agencies to ensure compliance with public health orders and combat the spread of COVID-19.

“Many people are following the Health Orders, but we need to increase our efforts together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Board Chair, Supervisor Candace Andersen. “To further our progress to protect lives and reopen more local businesses and activities, we need a tool to send a fair message that everyone has to adhere to health orders to prevent the spread of the virus.”

For health order violations involving non-commercial activities, the amount of the fine is $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation, and $500 for each additional violation within one year of the initial violation. For violations involving commercial activity, the amount of the fine is $250 for a first violation, $500 for a second violation, and $1,000 for each additional violation within one year of the initial violation. If a violation continues for more than one day, each day is a separate violation.

Throughout this pandemic, Contra Costa leaders and law enforcement have encouraged “educational enforcement” before issuing penalties. Before issuing a Notice of Fine, an enforcement officer can first issue a Notice of Violation, which gives a person or business up to two days to correct a violation. In cases where the enforcement officer determines that issuing a Notice of Violation is unnecessary or ineffective, the enforcement officer can immediately issue a Notice of Fine.

Because Public Health Officer orders apply countywide, this ordinance also applies countywide under Government Code section 8634. The ordinance may be enforced in cities and special districts by officials designated by those agencies to enforce the ordinance.

For more information, read Ordinance No. 2020-21 (PDF) available on the County website.


  1. Thank you to our fat ass , worthless board of stupes for wasting time and money on another useless effort!! The county is going down the toilet and this is what they are focused on!
    Vote them out at election time folks!! Before they give themselves another raise !

  2. Crazy how many Americans traded their freedom for fear, all for a virus so deadly, you have to get tested to know if you have it…

    • You “traded your freedoms for fear” a long time ago after 9/11 when your other beloved Republican crony started a war under a false flag attack and began America’s descent into chaos. At least this virus has verifiable scientific data, unlike all the fabricated bin Laden cave videos madd to stoke fear in the hearts of conservative Amerikkka. We are living the aftermath.

      • How do YOU as a RACIST and COMMUNIST justify calling YOURSELF a pastor?

        Asking for the East County Times free speech Deleter

        • I’m neither a racist or a communist. You’re simply a paranoid meatpuppet for the powers-that-be. Funny how you MAGA brain-clones all use the same arguments verbatim and act as if you’re saying something unique. You sound exactly like Nixon crying “Communism” like a gapfiller chupacabra for your senile ideology. Wake up and smell the brainwashing. You’re not Trump, get a new identity.

          • Speaking of identities, looks like you are having fun masquerading as a pastor….or is it Reverend? Nice to still see the Tool troll is still hard at work, spewing political garbage. How boring.

  3. There’s been three shootings in my area including two murders and they’re worried about masks over something that’s not even true. So what are they going to do get rid of all the police that fight crime and higher mask police who’s going to enforce this? Yep our freedom is gone we better hope Trump wins or it’s going to be like this forever

    • This all could’ve been avoided if Trump listened to the experts back in February. Hell, he could’ve worn a MAGA mask and told people to be cautious. Back in the day remember doing the bomb drills hiding under our desks in school? That wasn’t due to fear, it was because of a real threat. As Americans we can have a much better leader in the White House than him.

      • We have a GREAT leader in the White House and it’s not to Trump to tell anyone what mask to wear or not to wear! You make that decision for yourself.

        Trump would have done something sooner if you idiots didn’t conduct that silly-assed “impeachment” which went nowhere! It was a major distraction He did stop flight from China in late January. He got right on-the-ball.

  4. Another way for CA to collect money. Breathing fresh air in public is now a crime? If this is to “protect others” by not catching and spreading this virus (with a 99% survival rate) shall we also fine those who are eating processed foods and smoking etc. thus lowering their immune systems and making the possibility of “contracting” the virus more likely? I can not believe they’re still wanting us to play along with the pandemic narrative.

    • That’s why they banned smoking in certain areas and airplanes illegal in the 1970’s because second-hand smoke is transmitted by other parties. Cholesterol, diabetes, heart diseases, etc. is not spreadable between two hosts like an AIRBORNE VIRUS. Bruh, read up on some science you might actually learn something. It’s funny how conservatives like you are starting to sound like the college leftists and their fake oppression.

    • So true and obvious. I just don’t understand why everybody else cannot see what’s going on. But it was refreshing to see someone actually tell it like it is . good job!

    • What “fresh air?” The air with all that exhaust coming from cars which are back on the roads again after the SIP was opened up?

  5. Wear the damned mask! Ohhhhhhh, our FREEDOM. Baloney! Even if you don’t believe it, how tough is it to exercise on the side of caution? Stop whining and do the responsible thing. Try to act like grownups

    • The answer is to stop whining and do as we’re told? That is exactly what they want us to do. It’s the sheep like u that are the reason we are going through all this. Look at the facts before you say stupid things like this. It’s not obvious that they’re controlling us for no reason. What virus? I don’t see anybody with it or dying where’s the proof of this do you know anybody that has it or died from this? Probably not

    • I wear the mask and keep social distancing for prevent the virus from getting to me. I also wear protective eyeware. This virus has mutated and is airborne.

  6. Notice the double speech.
    A) Covid-19 new “cases” (you can get a positive “case” from a ham sandwich) THAT DOES NOT MEAN ILLNESS, HOSPITALIZATION NOR DEATH! ..STOP IT!

    B) “complications..” of covid-19. LOL -translation= died of natural causes but , we the oligarchs, rubberstamped them as covid-19

    C) ANY USE…AND I MEAN. ANY USE OF THE TERM COVID-19 is fake and contrived on its face!

    The virus is called Sars/novo-corona. COVID-19 is a sideshow buzzword for this fake worldwide depopulation movement coined and legislated January 2019. COVID-19 MEANS Corona (CO) Virus (v) Identification (ID) 19 as in 1=A , 9=I in A.I. ( ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE )
    COVID-19 IS A code word for OPERATION KILL YOU!”


  7. Lol, another lover of internet conspiracy theories. Oh wait, I forgot, if it’s on the internet then it must be true, right?

    • hey Chucky, vomiting the “conspiracy theory” swill doesn’t work anymore. Did you or DID YOU NOT review the material. refute it with facts or kiss-off.
      we don’t wilt away when idiots like you toss the “conspiracy theory” frisbee.


  8. Ok….read it. So we’ll get ticket for violations, got it. Now where is the actual list of violations?? Shouldn’t that be included in this document as well? Or as an addendum?


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