Resources for Restaurants

Announcements and Updates

California Regional Stay At Home Order

The Regional Stay Home Order, announced December 3, 2020 by the California Department of Public Health, will go into effect within 24 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3-week period. Learn more about this order.

California State Government COVID-19 Page (contains information about the tier system)

On September 23, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order to extend authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through March 31, 2021, and address a variety of issues in response to the pandemic.

The County of San Diego has provided a list of PPE and supplies vendors to help businesses price and purchase disinfecting supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), thermometers, and facilities supplies. (PDF - Updated 6/8/20). You may also visit Safely Making California’s marketplace for a searchable list of PPE products that may be purchased. 

Most Recent San Diego County Public Health Order (PDF)

Department of Environmental Health Food-Related COVID-19 Resources

Health Officers Orders Impacting Food Facilities Q&A Updated June 18, 2020

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  • May 12, 2020

    guidance was issued for reopening dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, craft distilleries, breweries, bars, pubs, and wineries. Click here for more information.

  • May 8, 2020

    Governor Newsom announced that the state can begin to move into Stage 2 of modifying the stay at home order. This includes reopening some lower-risk retail services (curbside only), manufacturing, and logistics businesses. Click the links for guidance about reopening and more information.


  • April 4, 2020

    guidance was issued that all employees who may have contact with the public in any grocery store, pharmacy/drug store, convenience store, gas station, restaurant or other business establishment that serves food shall wear a cloth face covering as described in the California Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance.


  • March 19, 2020

    Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order instructing all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical infrastructure sectors. Businesses and organizations that provide critical infrastructure for the state are exempted, including health care and public health, public safety, food and agriculture, and media. Click here for a listing of essential businesses and organizations that may continue operations under California’s stay at home order.

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Dine-In Restaurants


  • On the evening of May 20, 2020, the Governor approved the County of San Diego's request to proceed with modified onsite dining throughout the San Diego region. 
  • Prior to implementing onsite dining, please review the resources below and modify your food facility operations to meet the COVID-19 prevention measures listed in the San Diego Safe Onsite Dining Plan and San Diego Restaurant Operating Protocol. A copy of your Restaurant Operating Protocol does not need to be submitted to the County; just complete, sign and post it in your facility.
  • For those restaurants currently operating in a take-out fashion and keeping operations the same, your previously posted protocols suffice. For those operators who wish to expand operations or re-open operations to allow for limited onsite dining, complete and post the Restaurant Operating Protocol.
  • San Diego Safe Onsite Dining Plan – Review guidance for implementing key prevention measures for COVID-19.
  • San Diego Restaurant Operating Protocol – Fill this form out, print and post at a public entrance. Implement all mandatory measures.
  • Guidance for Food Facility Re-Openings  – Guidance checklist to help you with re-opening.
  • San Diego Safe Dining Posters – Print and display these posters at all entrances to the facility.
  • State Guidance for Dine-in Restaurants – Review guidance for additional optional measures that can be implemented to protect against COVID-19.



Environmental Health COVID-19 Information

Department of Environmental Health (DEH) COVID-19 Information

  • Deferred Permit Renewal Fees
  • Food and Housing: inspect restaurants and food trucks/carts, body art facilities, apartments, camps, hotels and motels
  • Hazardous Materials: regulates more than 13,000 businesses to ensure that hazardous materials are properly stored and managed
  • Land and Water Quality
  • Vector Control Program: monitors vectors and the diseases they carry

Department of Environmental Health Food-Related COVID-19 Resources

Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) COVID-19 Information

  • Guidance for Operating Certified Farmers’ Markets During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees

Health Officers Orders Impacting Food Facilities Q&A Updated June 18, 2020