From the Humboldt County Joint Information Center:
As of March 20 of this year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the orders of the state and local health official, no gatherings of people outside the household have been permitted. Nevertheless, numerous people who identify themselves as invited wedding guests have contacted the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services in Humboldt County to express their concern about two ceremonies, particularly scheduled for the next two weekends, one in Petrolia and one in Ferndale.
These reports were received via the Community Information Line of the Joint Information Center, additional reports via the COVID Compliance Line. In response to both, and under the leadership of the Emergency Operations Center, police officers have contacted family members to remind them that holding these gatherings is both illegal and dangerous.
Dr. Teresa Frankovich, Humboldt District Health Officer, said: “We all understand the desire to celebrate occasions such as weddings with family and friends. However, just as high school graduates had to sacrifice traditional closing ceremonies, such large gatherings simply cannot take place. We are in a pandemic and the potential for not only infecting a large number of guests, but for them to expose many more people to our community is huge. There is simply no way for public health to conduct timely contact examinations and limit the spread of disease when hundreds of people are exposed at the same time. “
Law enforcement is aware of this and will address those involved. Law enforcement action is taken when these events occur. Frankovich added: “I hope that the citizens of Humboldt will rethink the offer and participation in such events until it is possible to hold them without breaking the law and the safety of guests and residents of Humboldt- District at risk. “