Health Order

San Diego County and California public health officials have issued orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The County order is in effect until further notice. 

San Diego County Public Health Order (PDF) Updated Nov. 20, 2020. Revisions to sections 2, 8, 11f.

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Previous Health Orders

Cease & Desist and Closure Orders

Issued for violations of the County public health order



General Public: To report businesses or organizations that are open and have been ordered to close, or otherwise not following health order, call (858) 694-2900 or email Reports can be anonymous.


School Administrators and Employers: To notify the County of a person (employee or student) with COVID-19 at your site, complete the online COVID-19 Notification Form or call (888) 950-9905. Please have the following information ready: person's name, date of birth, and contact information.

Safe Reopening

What's open, what's not, and current restrictions for businesses and other activities. 



What the orders mean

  • Everyone should stay home except to take care of essential needs, go to an essential job, go to reopened businesses or go out for exercise. 
  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least six feet away from other people unless they’re household members. 
  • As of Oct. 9, private gatherings of up to three households are permitted. The gatherings must be outdoors and continue to follow social distancing. See state private gathering guidance
  • You need to have a face covering when leaving home and wear it when you're within six feet of anyone not a household member, or when in most indoor public places. More details about face coverings
  • It is strongly recommended you stay home, unless you need medical care, if:
    • You are over 65 years old
    • Have a chronic underlying health condition
    • Have a compromised immune system
    • Have mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19

Why are we doing this?

The goal is to slow the spread of the virus and to make sure the healthcare system is able to care for all patients.

Since we don’t yet have a vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat COVID-19, preventing the spread of the virus to new people is critical. In addition to social distancing, other protective measures everyone must take include:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Clean highly used household surfaces often
  • Wear a face covering when within six feet of people not in your household


Stay Home, Stop the Spread and Save Lives

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in San Diego.