As signs of spring continue to pop up around town, we are encouraged to see positive movement forward in the fight against COVID-19. Sonoma County residents are receiving vaccinations, continuing to get tested and practicing personal hygiene. These efforts will get us on the road back to life as we knew it. Our friends, neighbors, business owners and residents of the Friendly City have been courageous through this unusual and challenging time - showing up and doing what it takes to keep each other safe and supported over the last year.
On February 19, the state released updated guidance for youth and adult outdoor recreational sports. The new guidance took effect last week and allows organized outdoor competition to resume as long as the county has an adjusted case rate of no more than 14 per 100,000 residents. Sonoma County has reached that threshold.
There are specific guidelines in order for medium contact (i.e. baseball, softball, girls lacrosse, etc.) and high contact (i.e. football, soccer, men’s lacrosse, etc.) sports competitions to resume. City staff are working directly with each sports group to ensure they are able and willing to follow all of the guidance from the State for their particular sport prior to permitting them for competition.
Look for further messaging about this change through our social media channels and our website. In addition, you will find signage placed at city sports fields to educate residents of the state’s guidelines for sports competition. Specific details regarding the CDCs guidance can be found here: http://bit.ly/360mPwr.
Rohnert Park Public Safety has been receiving reports from victims of fraud. The victims have received phone calls from “law enforcement agencies,” stating the victim has an arrest warrant or their relative is in jail. The victim is asked to purchase thousands of dollars’ worth of gift cards to resolve the issue and they are ultimately scammed out of their money.
In these types of scams, victims are convinced they have to pay with gift cards. The victim is instructed to go to a retail outlet, purchase gift cards and provide the scammer with the PIN numbers on the cards. Gift cards are for gifts, not payments. If someone tells you to make a payment with a gift card, hang up, it’s a scam. For ideas on how to handle and report unwanted calls visit FTC.gov/calls.
In addition to calls, you can report spam emails and texts to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Remember, do not click on strange hyperlinks in an email. Scammers are very crafty at making their message appear to be official business. They often impersonate businesses by using logos or web addresses that appear familiar and trustworthy.
If someone is urging you to act quickly and urging you to pay in a specific way (gift card, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency) you are likely dealing with a scammer. Scammers may ask for your personal or financial information — things like your Social Security Number, credit card or bank account number. Protect your community by reporting fraud, scams, and bad business practices at www.ReportFraud.ftc.gov.
Keep up the good work, and let’s continue to take care of each other in our Friendly City.