By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Gy Kirk, new co-owner of Sheldon's Station in La Mesa, says his restaurant is offering curbside take-out immediately and willl soon offer a home delivery service.
Read official health order here.
March 16, 2020 (San Diego) – Alarmed by news of 55 COVID-19 cases countywide—a nearly seven-fold increase in the past four days – San Diego County officials today announced tough new restrictions that will impact daily lives of virtually all residents and businesses. A new fund aims to help those adversely impacted.
Effective midnight Tuesday through March 31, the following rules are imposed countywide:
- All gatherings of 50 or more are prohibited, including public and private events.
- All non-essential gatherings, regardless of size, are discouraged.
- All bars and other businesses serving alcohol without food must shut down.
- Restaurants may offer only delivery, pick-up or drive-through service. On-site pickups must include social distancing of at least six feet.
- Schools of all levels, public and private, must cancel any on-campus classes.
- Businesses must not require doctor’s notes for sick time or other leave.
- Businesses must allow telecommuting if possible and adopt social distancing for on-site workers, along with increased cleaning.
- Hospitals and health care facilities should preserve resources including cancelling elective and non-emergency procedures when feasible.
- Only essential personnel may enter hospitals and long-term care facilities—and any essential personnel with symptoms of COVID-19 are prohibited from entering.
- Hospitals, commercial testing labs and all healthcare providers must report COVID-19 test results to the county’s public health officer immediately after receiving results.
- Travelers arriving in San Diego County should self-quarantine at home for 14 day if they traveled from or through nations on the Centers for Disease Control Level 3 list. The list currently includes China, Iran, South Korea, and most European nations.
- Self-quarantine at home is strongly recommended for people over age 65, as well as those with chronic underlying conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Everyone with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate at home before seeking medical treatment.