Safe Reopening


The state has lifted the Regional Stay Home Order. San Diego County is now in Tier 1, or Purple Tier, of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy


Reopening steps

Following guidance for your business or activity., 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:


Open with safety precautions: 

  • Critical infrastructure (when remote option is not possible)
  • 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. Links are to state guidance.


Operations in the following must be closed:

  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks
  • Live concerts (drive-in concerts allowed)
  • Conventions


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.

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

    Campgrounds can open. Use of one site should be limited to members of a household. 

  • 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 must have a Safe Reopening Plan

    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.