Safe Reopening

 

The state has issued a Regional Stay Home Order now in effect for San Diego County. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail.

 

The following is from the state's COVID-19 website as of Dec. 5, 2020.

Open with safety precautions: 

  • Critical infrastructure (when remote option is not possible)
  • Schools
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Child care and pre-K

Open with additional modifications

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. 
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Grocery stores. Stand-alone grocery stores where principal business activity is sale of food may operate at 35% capacity.
  • Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take out or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.
  • Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.

Closed

All operations in the following sectors must be closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services (includes nail salons, tattoo, piercing, tanning) 
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters (except drive-in)
  • Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

Schools

The order does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools.

Schools that are currently open are able to continue to provide in-person instruction on school sites. 

  • Schools that are currently operating under an elementary school waiver are able to continue to provide instruction to students on school sites.
  • Schools that reopened while their county was in a less restrictive tier are able to continue to provide instruction to students on school sites.

 

For sectors not mentioned in the Regional Stay Home Order, the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy is still in effect. San Diego County is in Tier 1, also known as Purple Tier. The County is continuing to review state guidance and will continue to update this page. 

 

 

Outdoor recreation

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.

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  • Beaches

    The County has allowed beaches to open with certain limitations, but cities may have their own restrictions or closures. Check before visiting.

    Active sports by household members are 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. You can take dogs where beaches allow them.

     

  • Parks

    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 Safe Reopening Plan for how they will provide for social distancing.

  • Playgrounds

    Playgrounds and their equipment are open. Visitors should maintain social distancing. 

  • Camping

    Under the Regional Stay Home Order, overnight camping is not allowed as of Dec. 7. 

  • Boating

    Recreational boating on the ocean, bays and lakes is allowed under state guidance for outdoor recreation and the local Safe Opening Protocol for Recreational Boating. Operators of boats at any of those locations may have more restrictive guidance.

     

  • Golf

    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.

  • Tennis

    You can play tennis with members of the same household or others you can stay more than six feet from. 

     

 

 


 

 

Reopening steps

All business or activities allowed to open have restrictions on how they operate. Before reopening, you need to take the following steps.

Step 1

Refer to the guidance for your specific business or activity. This is mostly from the state. 

Step 2

Following the guidance, complete the County's Safe Reopening Plan (Spanish | Somali). You need to post the plan at your entrance, and discuss it with employees. 

Restaurants, food, and beverage providers have a separate plan. See industry guidance and resources for restaurants, food, and beverage providers

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