Protecting the health of all San Diegans is our top priority. The City of San Diego is taking measures in consultation with, and at the direction of, County public health officials to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is emphasizing that while the current COVID-19 poses a potentially serious public health threat, the risk to individuals is dependent on exposure.
Most common symptoms include:
- Cough or shortness of breath
COVID-19 is most likely spread from droplets from coughing and sneezing, and symptoms may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.
There is currently no specific treatment for COVID-19, however, most people with this infection will recover on their own. For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care.
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your health care provider immediately.
To learn more about the phased vaccination process and how you can get vaccinated, visit the City of San Diego COVID-19 Vaccination Program page or the County of San Diego COVID-19 page.
The California Department of Public Health has issued new guidance for the use of face coverings. Starting June 15, 2021, face coverings are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, with some exceptions. Face coverings continue to be required for unvaccinated people in indoor public settings and businesses. Learn more about the guidance and limited exceptions.
The coronavirus pandemic has shut down or significantly altered most of the economy, testing the resiliency of all San Diegans. Necessary public health measures to prevent the spread of the virus have halted tourism, shuttered restaurants and bars, forced many to work from home, severely limited most businesses from interacting with their customers, and caused unemployment and uncertainty for tens of thousands in the San Diego region.
Temporary Outdoor Business Operation Permit
As a result of state restrictions on indoor activities, the City of San Diego created a temporary program to allow restaurants, retail shops, gyms and fitness centers, barbershops, hair and nail salons and places of worship to operate in outdoor settings adjacent to their businesses including on-street parking, sidewalks, private parking lots and in City parks.
Details on what’s currently allowed can be found on the County’s Safe Reopening page.
Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF)
To ensure the resiliency of local businesses and assist in job retention, the City of San Diego has established a Small Business Relief Fund (SBRF) to provide grants and forgivable or low- to zero-interest-rate loans to eligible small businesses for working capital. Visit the Economic Development Department Business Relief and Support page.
- City of San Diego Operations
- The City of San Diego has begun to reopen some of its public buildings to the general public.
- Parking Enforcement
Applicable to City of San Diego only. Parking rules on Port of San Diego property and in different cities may vary, so please read signage provided.
- The City is enforcing all parking regulations effective Monday, Feb. 8. Citations with corresponding fines will be issued to vehicles violating street sweeping parking restrictions, metered parking, time limits and yellow commercial zones. Street sweeping restrictions will also be enforced in areas with parking spaces designated for restaurant pick-up orders.
- Boards and Commissions: All City Board and Commission meetings are virtual and can be watched live during their scheduled meeting time or archived on the City of San Diego’s Youtube Public Meetings Channel. To provide public comment prior to an upcoming meeting, and in lieu of in-person meeting attendance, members of the public may submit their comments using the response webform by indicating the board or commission meeting and the agenda item number they wish to comment on.
- Community Planning Groups: Please see memo from Planning Department Director regarding Community Planning Group meetings.
- Office of the City Clerk: Please see the update regarding City Council meetings.
The following is a list of recent updates from the City of San Diego. For information regarding cases, information and directives from the County of San Diego, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.
Early on, the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, Regional Task Force on the Homeless and San Diego Housing Commission came together to establish a Homeless Operations Branch under the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate the needs, resources and logistics of homeless service operations. This team makes key decisions to protect this at-risk population. Learn more about homeless services and resources during COVID-19.
Operation Shelter to Home launched on April 1, 2020, by moving individuals already in shelters into the San Diego Convention Center to allow for proper physical distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. On March 5, 2021, Mayor Todd Gloria announced that residents of the operation at the San Diego Convention Center would be safely relocated back to the City’s reconfigured shelters, where they will continue to receive shelter and services. Learn more about the transition and the operation
Residential and Commercial Eviction Moratorium
The State of California and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have enacted temporary bans on residential evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These temporary eviction bans apply to landlords and tenants in the City of San Diego.
The CDC’s federal temporary eviction ban is effective from September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
Governor Gavin Newsom has extended the eviction moratorium until Sept. 30, 2021, by signing into law Assembly Bill (AB) 832. The State’s initial temporary eviction ban, Assembly Bill (AB) 3088 which prohibited evictions of most rental housing tenants expired on February 1, 2021.
MTS is restoring many services that were reduced in April, in order to increase the amount of space available for distancing on board. There will be no timetables printed for these revised services, but schedules will be posted on the MTS website.
For updates on COVID-19 impacts on MTS service, and MTS responses, please visit: sdmts.com/schedules-real-time/alerts-and-detours