Public Health Officer Issues Emergency Regulations Affecting Groups, Restaurants, Businesses

3/16/2020 4:48:07 PM PST

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency issued amended orders in response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. Effective midnight on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Health Officer Orders in part:

All events with 50 or more people in a single space at the same time, regardless of whether it occurs indoors or outdoors, are prohibited. All non-essential gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged.
All businesses that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close.
All restaurants and business establishments that serve food shall close all on-site dining. All food served shall be by delivery, pick-up, or drive-thru.
All businesses shall enact social distancing, increased sanitation standards, and shall make every effort to use telecommuting for its workforce.
Schools shall not hold classes or other activities where students gather on the school campus.
A strong recommendation is made that all persons who are 65 years old or older, have a chronic underlying condition, or have a compromised immune system self-quarantine themselves at home.
All persons arriving in the country from CDC Warning Level 3 Travel Advisory locations shall be subject to a 14-day home quarantine and self-monitoring.

The full Public Health Order is available here. This order shall be reevaluated and extended if appropriate on or before March 31, 2020.
If you have individual questions, please talk to your healthcare provider. For community resources, please call 2-1-1 San Diego or visit