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State and County Announcements about Incremental Re-opening of Businesses

Governor Newsom has announced progress into the next stage on the Resilience Roadmap that guides the re-opening of businesses and other activities.

There is a clear list of sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities that are not permitted to operate at this time in the State of California. This includes:

Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
Entertainment venues with limited capacities, such as movie theaters, gaming facilities, and pro sports (without live audiences)
Indoor museums, kids museums and gallery spaces, zoos (without events or shows), and libraries
Community centers, including public pools (but excluding water parks), playgrounds, and picnic areas
Limited-capacity religious services and cultural ceremonies
Concert venues
Live audience sports
Theme parks
Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

The state has provided guidance regarding Stage 2 sectors, businesses, establishments or activities that qualify to reopen upon certification that a county meets California Department of Public Health criteria and ensure the relevant industry guidelines are implemented. These sectors include:

Retail Sector
Logistics Sector
Manufacturing Sector
Destination retail, including shopping malls and swap meets.
Personal services, limited to: car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, and landscape gardening.
Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
Dine-in restaurants (other amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted)
Outdoor museums and open gallery spaces

Businesses in these sectors should review the industry guidelines and be prepared to implement them as state and county orders allow those sectors to re-open or re-open with modified operations.

Before reopening, all facilities should:

Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
Implement individual control measures and screenings
Implement disinfecting protocols
Implement physical distancing guidance

For cities in San Diego County, including Carlsbad, the county has provided additional guidance on the safe opening of businesses. According to the county, the Resilience Roadmap released by the state allows for certain businesses to reopen, with restrictions, starting May 8. It restricts operations at retail establishments to curbside and delivery only, including:

Jewelry stores
Toy stores
Clothing stores
Shoe stores
Home and furnishing stores
Sporting goods stores
Antique stores
Music stores

Businesses in the supply chain that support these businesses, in manufacturing and logistical sectors, can also operate consistent with relevant industry guidance and checklists issued by the state.

Businesses that are allowed to re-open consistent with state and county actions need to complete the county’s Safe Reopening Plan, print and post it at their entrance.

You can find more information from the county here. Businesses with questions can also email covid19businessquestions@sandiegocounty.ca.gov

The updated county public health order with additional information can be found here.

The state has also set up a way to gather input to inform future industry guidance using the California Recovery Roadmap survey.

May 8, 2020