Re-opening Process

   

 

On March 4, 2020, Governor Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency because of the threat of the novel coronavirus. A couple days later, the legislature released $1.1 billion dollars to fund emergency services to ensure the best response to the pandemic in our communities.
 
Then, on March 19th, the state was placed under Stay-At-Home orders as an essential part of the effort to slow the spread of the virus and save lives. By keeping the transmission rate low and flattening the curve, we were able to give our healthcare system the time it needed to ramp up surge capacity and ensure access to hospital beds for those in critical condition. In mid-April, the Governor laid out the Resilience Roadmap a four-step reopening process for our state. There are no dates on the calendar for when we can take each step - reopening is something that happens gradually depending how well we’re doing in containing the spread and keeping up our hospital’s capacities.

On May 7th, it became possible for the first time for counties demonstrating significant success in disease containment and treatment capacity to apply for a “variance” on the existing Stay-At-Home order. This marked the beginning of our state’s transition into a limited Stage 2 reopening, which included manufacturing locations, certain office spaces, some limited personal services, and curbside pick-up for some non-essential retail stores.

Then, during the week of May 18th, the County of San Diego submitted an “attestation” and was approved for additional variances to allow dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail locations to move forward with individualized safe reopening plans. This marked our county’s transition into a complete Stage 2 reopening.

 


 

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