The County has made progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and is reopening in stages. In general, the County will follow the state's Resilience Roadmap.
All business or activites have restrictions on how they operate. Before reopening, you need to take the following steps.
Refer to the guidance for your specific business or activity. This is mostly from the state. Links to many are below.
Restaurants have a separate plan and guidance to follow. See reopening for food businesses.
Each business's plan may need to be updated and reposted when state guidance changes. The County will not require approval for this plan.
Businesses with questions can email: COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov
Confirm on the list below that San Diego's public health officer has allowed the activity or business to open.
What's open and closed?
The San Diego County public health officer has approved the following to open. Links to specific guidance if available.
The following are allowed as of June 19. All use guidance for Expanded Personal Care Services
- Nail salons
- Facial salons
- Body art, including tattoo parlors and piercing
- Massage therapy in non-healthcare settings
- In-store retail. Separate guidance for shopping centers, malls and swap meets
- Places of worship. Weddings follow same guidance as places of worship. Receptions are not allowed.
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Office-based businesses (telework still strongly encouraged)
- Car dealers
- Car washes
- Pet grooming
- Tanning salons
- Landscape gardening
- Outdoor museums, open gallery spaces
- Physical therapy, medical massage
- Therapeutic and peer support groups (virtual meetings encouraged). Follow Limited Services guidance
- Libraries. Check with individual library system for services it offers.
- Gyms and fitness facilities
- Community pools, including those in condominiums
- Bars, Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries Starting July 1, those that don't serve food need to close for on-site service. They can still provide takeout sales. Those that serve food need to close at 10 p.m. Wineries without food can continue outdoor service.
- Hotels, for tourism and individual travel
- Card rooms, satellite wagering and racetracks
- Family entertainment, including bowling alleys and arcades
- Movie theaters (uses family entertainment guidance)
- Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
- Day camps
- Campgrounds, RV parks, outdoor recreation (includes for-hire fishing and small charter operations)
- Music, film and TV production
- Professional sports without in-person spectators. Office staff uses Office Workplace guidance. Retail operations use the Retail guidance.
Partial list of essential businesses and activities.
- Restaurants, with modified dine-in service. Starting July 1, they need to close for on-site dining between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Drive-thru, takeout and delivery service can continue at all hours.
- Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores
- Hardware/home improvement stores
- Airports and public transportation
- Gas stations
- Auto repair
- Childcare. Updated state guidance goes into effect June 12.
You can go out for exercise if you can keep six feet away from people who are not members of your household. Avoid groups and crowded outdoor spaces. Wear a face covering when within six feet of others.
The County has allowed beaches to open with certain limitations, but cities may have their own restrictions or closures. Check before visiting.
Beach parking lots can now open and active sports by household members is allowed.
You can sit and lie down with members of your household. You can walk or run on the beach. If you're within six feet of others not in your household, wear a face covering. You can swim, surf, paddleboard, kayak, snorkel. Activities like football or volleyball are not allowed. You can take dogs where beaches allow them.
At parks, the County will allow:
- Parking lots to open.
- Park visitors to sit, lie down, picnic if they practice social distancing.
- Use of basketball or tennis courts, if played by members of a household or others who can maintain social distance.
Cities or park managers may have their own restrictions. Check before visiting.
Park managers need to create and post a plan for how they will provide for social distancing.
Social distancing and safety templates for Parks & Beaches
Camping is allowed. Each occupied campsite can’t be occupied on either side. Playgrounds or other common amenities are still closed. Operators of individual campgrounds will decide when they reopen. Check before visiting.
Recreational boating on the ocean, bays and lakes is allowed for members of a household. The managers of any of those locations may have their own restrictions.
Golf course operators need to create and post a plan for how they will provide for social distancing.
Golf courses now use the same Safe Reopening Plan as other businesses. They no longer need the separate golf course protocol.
Golf courses that follow the safety protocol can reopen. One-on-one instruction with social distancing is allowed. Golf carts can have only one person, unless other golfers are from the same household.
Recreational equipment rentals
Businesses that rent recreational equipment, such as bicycles, surfboards, boats, kayaks and other watercraft can reopen if they prepare a Safe Reopening Plan. If any equipment can be used by multiple people, they have to be members of the same household. All equipment needs to be sanitized with a disinfectant effective against the coronavirus after each use.
You can play tennis with members of the same household or others you can stay more than six feet from.
The state has not provided guidance for additional activities at this time. When available, the guidance will be posted here.
Bars, breweries distilleries and wineries that do not serve food need to close as of July 1.
These activites are still closed and the state has not provided guidance. They include:
- Indoor playgrounds, such as ball pits and laser tag
- Saunas and steam rooms
- Live theater
- Theme parks
- Live audience sports
- Colleges and universities
Reopening is based on a variety of COVID-19 trends and the capacity of the healthcare system to cope with the virus's impact on the public. If necessary, restrictions could be brought back to protect people's health.
The County is tracking 13 specific "triggers" that could prompt modification of the health order. See a dashboard with current status of the measures and an explanation of the triggers.