Attention Montclair Community

Effective immediately, and until rescinded, dine–in restaurants within the City of Montclair will be allowed to temporarily create or expand al fresco (outdoor) dining areas notwithstanding any preexisting limitations imposed under the Montclair Municipal Code. This City of Montclair Community Guidance is based on provisions of Dine–In Restaurants Guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health updated on Thursday, July 2, 2020 and Guidance on Closures of Sectors in Response to Covid–19 by Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health published on July 1, 2020.


In efforts to provide more testing opportunities for San Bernardino County residents, community testing events are being held throughout the county. At these testing events, samples are collected by inserting a swab up the nostril or into the mouth to the throat. These samples are then sent to a laboratory for COVID-19 testing. Events are free of charge and do not require health insurance.


On May 14, 2020, the County of San Bernardino launched the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program to support local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County health orders and direction.

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Attention Pedestrians!

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Beginning on January 3, 2018, it is unlawful to cross the street in the City of Montclair:


 *     While engaged in a phone call

 *     While viewing a mobile electronic device

 *     With both ears covered or obstructed by                  personal audio equipment



Like drivers, pedestrians  have always been engaged in multi-tasking behavior such as the use of handheld phones, music listening devices, and other electronic devices. The effects of such behavior can relate to that of a distracted driver. Distracted drivers differ from distracted pedestrians in the fact that distracted driving has policies and interventions in place to improve safety, where such safety measures are not in effect for pedestrians. Pedestrians now account for 15 percent of all vehicle-related fatalities and when compared, 2016 experienced a 22 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2014. An estimated 30 percent of pedestrians engage in distracting activities while crossing the street, which include text messaging, phone calls, listening to music, etc.

What does the ordinance actually say?

City of Montclair Municipal Code 8.28.020 (A) states:

"No pedestrian shall cross a street or highway while engaged in a phone call, viewing a mobile electronic device or with both ears covered or obstructed by personal audio equipment."

What do some of the terms mean?

  •  A pedestrian is a person who is on foot or who is using a skateboard, roller skates, wheelchairs, or any other propelled means of transport that is not a bicycle. An electric assistive mobility device such as an electric wheelchair or scooter is also included as part of this group.
  • mobile electronic device is any hand-held/portable or head/body-mounted electronic equipment like a cell phone, media player, electronic tablet, camera, etc. capable of providing wireless communication or amusement.
  • Personal audio equipment means any device placed in or around a person's ears capable of producing an audible sound like over-the-ear headphones and ear buds. 
  • Viewing means looking in the direction of the screen of a mobile electronic device. 

Are there any exceptions?

  • "911" calls
  • Pedestrians with medically prescribed hearing aids
  • Emergency first responders along with the performance and scope of their official duties

Consequences & Penalties?

Anyone who violates any provision of this law is guilty of an infraction violation. These violations are punishable by:

  • a fine of one hundred (100) dollars for a first violation.
  • a fine not exceeding two hundred (200) dollars for a second violation of the same ordinance within any consecutive 12-month period.
  • a fine not exceeding five hundred (500) dollars for every additional violation within any consecutive 12-month period.

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