Starting March 17, San Diego County can operate in Tier 2, or Red Tier, of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Among changes from Purple Tier:
- Restaurants can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
- Gyms and fitness centers can open indoors at 10% capacity.
- Museums, zoos and aquariums can open indoors at 25% capacity.
- Movie theaters can open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
- Retail and shopping centers can operate indoors at 50% capacity.
Reopening steps for Businesses
Following guidance for your business or activity, complete the County’s Safe Reopening Plan. 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: [email protected]
Open with safety precautions:
- Critical infrastructure (when a remote option is not possible)
- Non-urgent medical and dental care
- Child care and pre-K
Open with additional modifications
Open with additional modifications
The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing. Links are to state guidance.
- Restaurants: Open for outdoor service. Indoors can open at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. On-site operations 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. Can have live entertainment. Takeout or delivery allowed 24 hours.
- Outdoor recreational facilities: Open. Sales of food, drink or alcohol allowed. Campgrounds can open.
- Retail: Indoor operation at 50% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 50% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. No food courts.
- Grocery stores. Stand-alone grocery stores where the principal business activity is the sale of food may operate at 50% capacity. Special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Hotels and lodging: Open. Fitness centers can open at 10% capacity.
- Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
- Gyms and fitness centers. Indoors at 10% capacity.
- Places of worship. Indoors at 25% capacity. Singing and chanting not allowed during indoor services.
- Political expression: Outdoor only.
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Personal care services (includes nail salons, tattoo, piercing)
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums. Indoors at 25% capacity.
- Movie theaters Indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
- Wineries. Outdoor only. Live entertainment allowed.
- Bars, breweries, and distilleries that serve food. Outdoor only, operate as a restaurant.
- Family entertainment centers. Outdoor only. Includes kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages.
- Cardrooms and satellite wagering. Outdoor only
- Limited services. Open
- Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.
- Professional sports. No spectators allowed.
Operations in the following must be closed:
- Indoor playgrounds
- Indoor recreational facilities
- Live audience sports
- Amusement parks
- Live concerts (drive-in concerts allowed)
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.
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.