San Diego County

Latest Coronavirus Impacts: Barber Shops & Salons Can Reopen, Guidelines on Gyms Coming

Here's what you need to know about the spread of the new coronavirus in San Diego County, including how many cases have been reported and the latest updates from local health officials

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What to Know

  • There were six new deaths reported in San Diego County on Wednesday for a total of 255 since the outbreak began
  • Gov. Gavin Newsom said guidelines will soon be released about how to safely reopen gyms and fitness centers

The coronavirus pandemic reached San Diego County in March 2020. Each day, local health officials give us updates on the spread of the novel coronavirus in our region. We will bring you the latest news here, every day. You can count on us.

COVID-19 Patients in San Diego County

San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials confirmed there have been 6,882 total positive COVID-19 cases and 249 deaths since Feb. 14, 2020.

The number of people actually infected with the disease is likely much higher because not everyone needs to be tested, including the close contacts of positive patients that are often presumed to have the disease. Eric McDonald, Medical Director with the County Epidemiology Immunization Branch, estimated the actual number of people with COVID-19 is around 10 times the reported total.

This data is not a full representation of cases. There has been very limited testing so far. Therefore, the actual number of cases per zip code could vary greatly. Officials with the County Health and Human Services Agency say the number of people infected with COVID-19 in San Diego is around 10 times the reported total.

Other Data: Is San Diego County "flattening the curve?"; COVID-19 case totals by age and gender; Map of case totals by city of residence; Case totals by race/ethnicity; Tests reported by day; Statistics regarding hospitalized patients; Statistics regarding deceased patients.

The county's total includes several San Diego-based military service members who have tested positive. Because the Department of Defense has and conducts its own tests, there may be an abnormal number of cases among the military. County health officials again warn this is why following the day-to-day numbers can only tell so much about San Diego's coronavirus trends.

It has not been confirmed whether all the following cases reported directly to NBC 7 have been included in the county's case count.

Coronavirus Pandemic: May Updates

May 27
There were six new deaths reported in San Diego County on Wednesday for a total of 255 since the outbreak began. There were 101 new positive COVID-19 cases reported for a total of 6,983.

Rady Children's Hospital announced a new program that would allow them to test up to 2,000 children, their families and health care workers each day within several weeks.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a roundtable discussion with fitness leaders on Wednesday that guidelines for how to reopen gyms make come within a week.

May 26
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that some counties, including San Diego, would be allowed to move forward with the first part of the state's Stage 3 reopening plan, which allows barbershops and hair salons to operate again.

As with other businesses that have been allowed to reopen, the county said barbershops and salons should download and complete the Safe Reopening Plan, post it outside their business and share it with staff. The businesses must ensure that both customers and employees can wear a face covering while the service is being conducted. Temperature checks for employees will be required.

Salons would not be allowed to perform any services on the face, including eyebrows or beards. Nail salons were also not allowed to reopen.

The county also amended its public health order to allow for one-on-one sports instruction. Coaches can train athletes in sports like golf, baseball and others if physical distancing can be insured. Group sports activities were still prohibited.

San Diego County saw 85 new coronavirus cases reported on Tuesday with no new deaths reported for the third day in a row, though it's possible that the low number was as a result of the long Memorial Day weekend.

Locally, there have been 6,882 cases reported and 249 deaths since the start of the outbreak.

A San Diego International Airport TSA agent who worked in Terminal 2's checked baggage operations has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual, who was last working on May 16, did not have contact with the public, according to a spokesperson.

May 25
People packed the shoreline of a Carlsbad city beach this Memorial Day in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions issued by the county of San Diego. Carlsbad police and lifeguards were not issuing citations.

California took a major step Monday in its emergence from pandemic shutdown orders, announcing the statewide reopening of in-store retail shopping, subject to approval by county public health departments. Retail does not include personal services such as hair salons, nail salons and barbershops.

Gov. Gavin Newsom also released guidelines for reopening religious institutions with distancing and sanitation measures, including limits on the number of people attending a service. The county will have to approve reopening places of worship.

The county reported 96 new COVID-19 cases from 3,700 tests and no additional deaths.

May 24
The county reported 142 new COVID-19 cases from 4,548 tests and no additional deaths.

The county is awaiting word on its stage 3 pilot program proposal that it sent to state leaders on Thursday. Salons, barbershops and gyms would be some industries allowed to reopen with new safety measures if the plan is approved.

Meanwhile, Governor Newsom said he's just days away from announcing a plan to reopen barbershops and salons across the state as well as guidelines for houses of worship and gyms.

May 23
The county reported 125 new COVID-19 cases from 3,795 reported tests and seven additional deaths. Five men and two women from age 51 to 90 died and all had underlying medical conditions, the county said.

The 14-day rolling average percentage of new positive cases continues to decline and stood at 3.4% on Saturday.

While there were people out for the holiday weekend, the crowds were smaller than usual. NBC 7's Erika Cervantes has more.

May 22
County public health officials shut down PB bar and restaurant El Prez for failing to comply with reopening safety measures.

“After seeing what transpired at the El Prez restaurant in Pacific Beach, today, they were served with an order of the public health officer closing them effective immediately. This facility will remain closed until further notice,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

As San Diego County heads into Memorial Day weekend, public health officials are reminding residents to practice social distancing, avoid crowded places, and cover their faces when they leave their homes.

"It is not lost on me the irony that a county founded on sacrificing life in order to preserve liberty is now facing a situation where we are asking the public to sacrifice liberty in an attempt to save a life," Fletcher said.

San Diego County reported 119 new positive COVID-19 cases from 4,056 daily tests reported Friday, with a 2.9% positive rate.

One new death was reported--a 35-year-old man with underlying health conditions. The total reported deaths for the county is now at 242.

May 21
Restaurants were able to reopen for the first time after Gov. Gavin Newsom approved San Diego County's request to move into an accelerated stage 2.

Restaurants and businesses still have to comply with face covering and social distancing requirements. Businesses will have to fill out the county's Safe Reopening Plan form and post it publicly. Safe Dining posters will also have to be displayed at restaurants.

"We need to successfully implement stage 2, we need to allow our business to open, we need to allow customers the opportunity to get out in the adaptive environment, we need to monitor our public health data, and we need to responsibly move throughout reopening phases," said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

County officials say restaurant-goers must practice social distancing and wear masks at all times when they're not seated at a table.

The 7-day average for daily reported tests is now up to 4,066 tests. San Diego County reported 175 new positive COVID-19 cases from 4,722 daily tests Thursday, with a 4% positive rate.

The county also reported 11 new deaths. The age range is from 51 to 100 years.

May 20
Gov. Gavin Newsom approved San Diego County's request to move into an accelerated stage 2 reopening, which would allow for restaurants to offer dine-in service and for retail to allow for in-store shopping.

Businesses that want to reopen must first complete a reopening plan here and submit it to the county. It must be provided to all employees and posted on the outside of the business.

Daily reported tests continued to soar above 4,000. The county reported 114 new positive COVID-19 cases from 4,802 tests Wednesday for a positive rate of 2%.

The county reported eight additional deaths bringing the total to 230.

May 19
It was a big day for the County Board of Supervisors as they debated and voted on reopening plans and stimulus funds at their Tuesday board meeting.

The board unanimously voted in favor of supporting the COVID-19 Response Team's recommendation to move San Diego County through stage 2 by sending the plan to the state. It also voted 4-1 in favor of sending its stage 3 pilot program to state leaders. It does not mean things will take effect immediately.

The Board of Supervisors is also set to debate the allocation of the $334 million it received in federal funds as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

There were 11 new deaths reported, bringing the total to 222. Nine had underlying medical conditions, one did not and another was still pending.

The county reported 80 new positive cases from 2,609 reported tests for a 3 percent positive rate. The 14-day rolling average continues to decline and stood at 3.9 percent Tuesday.

May 18
After Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he would loosen some of California's reopening metrics, San Diego County leaders expressed hope that the region would be able to meet the criteria.

“If we are cleared based on these standards, then we believe in the coming days we could see progress around in-store retail and dine-in restaurants," Supervisor Fletcher said as he urged businesses to download and complete their reopening plan in anticipation.

There were two more deaths reported on Monday and 110 additional positive cases out of 3,408 total tests for a positive rate of about 4 percent. Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 5,946 cases.

“Moving too fast can lead to a second wave. A second wave can retrigger restrictions,” Fletcher added.

Two local casinos reopened Monday, at least one to long lines, against the urging of state and local leaders.

Jamul Casino and Viejas Resort and Casino reopened their doors Monday morning, reports NBC 7's Artie Ojeda.

May 17
Daily reported tests continued to soar above 4,000. The county reported 174 new positive COVID-19 cases from 4,363 tests Sunday for a positive rate of 4 percent.

The 14-day rolling average continues to decline and now stands at 4.2 percent. No additional deaths were reported, so the total remained at 209 deaths.

Four San Diego-area casinos are preparing to reopen this week with social distancing and safety restrictions such as face mask requirements for all.

May 16
For the third day in a row, San Diego County continued to make progress on its daily testing goal. A total of 4,505 tests were reported to the county; of that 3 percent, or 139, were positive new cases.

Two additional deaths were reported but the county discovered a duplicate was discovered in Friday's reporting, bringing the total to 209 deaths.

The two deaths were a woman in her late 60s and another in her early 80s. Both had underlying medical conditions.

San Diego State University held a special virtual commencement celebration with appearances from some famous SDSU alumni.

May 15
San Diego County continued to make progress on its daily testing goal of 5,200. County leaders announced Friday that 4,055 tests were conducted the day prior.

The testing resulted in 132 additional cases of COVID-19 for a daily positive rate of 3 percent. The county also reported eight more people have died due to complications from COVID-19. They were between ages 65 to 94 and all had underlying health conditions.

In an effort to conduct more testing in the South Bay communities, where a disproportionate amount of positive COVID-19 cases have been reported, the county announced some of its state-run testing capabilities for Southeast San Diego. The walk-up clinic at The Tubman-Chavez Center (415 Euclid Ave.) will be able to conduct about 132 appointments a day.

Jewish Family Services will also operate the state's Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Program, the county said. The program will give qualified undocumented adult immigrants affected by COVID-19 anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per household.

Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten also acknowledged that the county has been successful in following the guidelines laid out by the state but urged people to keep practicing good hygiene, continue social distancing, and to wear face coverings.

"These strategies are proven and beneficial," Wooten said. "Knowing them, however, and doing them are two different things. So the culture of adherence is very important in ensuring that these strategies are successful."

May 14
The county reported its highest number of daily tests conducted at 3,998, about 1,200 shy of its goal. By increasing testing, the county will have a clearer picture of the spread of COVID-19 among residents. Creating a robust testing program is also part of the federal government's criteria for reopening, and the only criterion that San Diego County has yet to meet.

San Diego County reached another unfortunate milestone Thursday -- 200 people have died from the novel coronavirus since the outbreak began.

“The unfortunate loss of life today hitting the 200 mark, which is a reminder that, despite all of the actions and steps we've taken, this still is a deadly virus and disease," Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said.

There were 5,391 total cases of the new coronavirus in San Diego County, 113 more than yesterday.

The County Board of Supervisors also announced they were looking into legal action that could accelerate the county's reopening of businesses despite the state of California's strict guidelines that many local leaders have said is unrealistic. The board will discuss taking legal action at next Tuesday's board meeting.

The county also had some happy news for book lovers; six public libraries would reopen for "doorside" service starting May 26, including branches in Imperial Beach, Alpine, Ramona, Encinitas, Vista, and Borrego Springs. Branches in Bonita, Poway, El Cajon, Julian, Solana Beach and San Marcos could reopen on June 1 if the first six are successful.

May 13
There were 117 new positive cases for a total of 5,278 COVID-19 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began in San Diego County on Feb. 14, 2020.

There were five new deaths, all with underlying medical conditions, bringing the total to 194. The county stated they reported one additional death by mistake on May 12.

County Health Officials further explained what percent of the population has an underlying health condition that may put then at higher risk for contracting COVID-19.

"Well, over 50% of our population has at least one type of underlying medical condition," said Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten.

Dr. Eric McDonald, Medical Director with the County Epidemiology Immunization Branch further detailed the most common medical conditions identified in the deaths in San Diego County-- 54% had hypertension, 36% had dementia or Alzheimers, 31% had diabetes, 30% had cardiac disease, 20% had chronic kidney disease,11% had COPD or asthma, and 9% were immune-compromised.

"With those conditions, if someone contracts COVID-19 they are at greater risk of dying. And their life is not less valuable than someone who doesn’t have underlying medical conditions," Wooten said.

McDonald explained that the percentages are very similar to what is being seen across the county, where the number one condition among COVID-19 deaths is hypertension.

May 12
After going two days without any reported deaths, San Diego County received a stark reminder of the impact of the new coronavirus on Tuesday. Local health leaders reported an additional 15 people have died from COVID-19.

There have been a total of 190 deaths and 5,161 cases from the coronavirus.

Following the state of California's lead, San Diego County on Tuesday added a number of businesses that would be allowed to reopen with modifications.

The modified statewide stay at home order now allows for office-setting businesses to reopen if necessary but urges offices to continue telecommuting where they can. Outdoor malls and strip malls can be open for pickup and delivery only. Car washes, landscaping, and gardening businesses were also allowed to reopen. Outdoor museums and botanical gardens would also be allowed.

All businesses must go to the county's website and fill out the "Safe Reopening Plan" update, which must be posted at the business entrance under the county public health order.

May 11
There were 139 new positive cases reported for a total of 5,065 total COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic in San Diego County. The county reported 2,638 completed COVID-19 tests and noted Sunday numbers are always a bit lower.

Some leaders across the county continue to push for loosened restrictions for businesses such as hair salons and offices looking to reopen in the next part of Governor Gavin Newsom's phase 2.

Governor Newsom has allowed counties to move faster than the state in opening some business sectors if certain conditions are met, one of which is to have zero deaths linked to the novel coronavirus and no more than one confirmed case per 10,000 residents over a 14-day span -- conditions that leaders across the state consider unrealistic.

In Oceanside, some businesses are following a councilman's rally to open in defiance of the public health order. The mayor has issued a statement separating the city's official stance from the councilman's "personal views."

The state estimates about 70% of businesses are back open with modifications, County Supervisor Fletcher said.

Some business owners and city leaders in the North County city are calling to reopen the economy, reports NBC 7's Melissa Adan.

May 10
There were an additional 150 cases reported Sunday for a total of 4,926 total positive COVID-19 cases. The county reported 3,443 completed tests for Sunday.

No additional deaths were reported. The total remains at 175.

May 9
There were 114 positive cases reported for a total of 4,776 total positive COVID-19 cases since Feb. 14, 2020. The county reported 3,401 completed tests Saturday for a 3 percent positive rate.

Seven additional deaths were reported, bringing the total deaths to 175. One death previously reported was later determined to be a non-resident and was thus subtracted from the total.

Those who died ranged from age 56 to 101 and all had underlying medical conditions.

May 8
There were an additional 233 positive cases reported Friday for a total of 4,662 total positive COVID-19 cases since Feb. 14, 2020. Four additional deaths were reported, bringing the total to 169.

The county also reported 3,572 tests for Friday which is a county single-day high.

"This does appear to represent and reflect our continued effort to increase testing," Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said.

Public health officials updated the Public Health Order to allow for more recreational activities, but only by individuals unless all members are of the same household. All are effective Friday at midnight.

Recreational facilities like tennis courts and handball courts are now allowed to reopen under the same guidelines as golf courses -- social distancing must be insured, members must be of the same household and the facility's guidance must be approved by the county first. The rules for golf courses were also amended to allow for golf carts for single riders only.

Also, effective Friday at midnight, they are allowing rental for recreational activities which include: bicycles, boats, kayak, and surfboards, among others.

Campgrounds have also reopened on a limited basis starting in June. Individuals at one campsite should be from the same household and capacity at each campground will be limited to 50 percent. It will be up to the jurisdiction that the campground resides in to decide if they will reopen. For more info visit, the county's website.

NBC 7's Alexis Rivas shares modifications to the county's public health order that allows for more outdoor recreation starting this weekend.

May 7
Seven more deaths were reported on Thursday for a total of 165. There were 110 more positive cases reported for a total of 4,429.

Gov. Newsom is allowing some businesses, such as clothing stores, florists, bookstores and sporting goods shops to open their doors for the first time in nearly two months, with some restrictions. The governor has said the order detailed Thursday won't include other close-contact businesses, such as dine-in restaurants and hair salons.

Health officials said local businesses can open as early as Friday as long as they post a safe reopening plan at the entrance of their shops.

"Unfortunately, San Diego County does not and will not in the foreseeable future move faster than the state of California is allowing, so at this point, we’re going to move consistent with the governor’s guidance," Supervisor Fletcher said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed the identity of the immigrant detainee who died from COVID-19 complications.

May 6
Eight additional deaths were reported on Wednesday for a total of 158 since the outbreak began in mid-February. There were 159 more positive cases reported for a total of 4,319, which was a 7% positive rate.

Health officials reported the first detained immigrant death from complications of COVID-19. The detainee was a 57-year-old male who was hospitalized in late April after being at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, according to Dr. Eric McDonald, Medical Director with the County Epidemiology Immunization Branch. The detainee died early Wednesday.

May 5
There were an additional 140 positive cases reported Tuesday for a total of 4,160 total positive COVID-19 cases since Feb. 14, 2020. Six additional deaths were reported, bringing the total to 150. The positive test rate was 6% on Tuesday.

Three state-run testing sites opened on Tuesday with hours-long delays that the county said were anticipated. Despite, local leaders are optimistic the sites will help get San Diego County to the 5,200 tests needed per day.

The county voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a set of guidelines that'll serve as a framework for how regional, low-risk businesses will operate as they reopen, once Gov. Gavin Newsom clears the way. The framework covers five criteria: employee health, safe worksite entry, workplace distancing conditions, employee training and compliance and enhanced cleaning and sanitation.

When it comes to major decisions, county leaders said again and again that the county will follow state guidance. NBC 7's Danny Freeman has more.

May 4
Some retail businesses could be allowed to reopen as early as the end of the week, with modifications, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. He is expected to announce the details of "phase two" of California's reopening plan later this week.

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said it was "incredibly good news" and that "we expect to be able to join the loosened restrictions" when they are announced.

He and Supervisor Greg Cox plan to present a proposal to their colleagues on Tuesday that would outline policies businesses should utilize to reopen with public health in mind.

The announcement came as five new deaths were reported, bringing the county's total to 144. There were 93 new positive cases out of 1,293 total tests for a positive rate of 7%. That brings the number of positive cases since the outbreak began to 4,020.

The county has already eased restrictions for parks and beaches. Monday was the first day all beaches in San Diego County were open to the public for exercise following closures to prevent the spread.

May 3
County officials reported 85 new COVID-19 cases out of 2,227 reported tests -- a 3.7 percent rate of positive cases. There have now been 3,927 total cases among San Diego County residents.

One additional death, an 81-year-old woman with underlying medical conditions, brought the region's total to 139.

May 2
County officials confirmed 131 new COVID-19 cases out of 2,402 tests, bringing the total positive cases to 3,842.

There were five additional deaths reported, for a region total of 138 -- three men and two women were age 54 to 100. Four of the five had underlying medical conditions. The county noted one death reported on May 1 was a non-resident that was removed from the total count.

California Public Health officials will be opening COVID-19 testing locations in San Diego starting May 5. The initial locations will be at Grossmont College, the County's North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido, and the former Sears location at the Chula Vista Mall. Testing is by appointment only. You can make appointments online or by calling (888) 634-1123.

May 1
San Diego County officials confirmed 147 new COVID-19 cases out of 2,625 tests reported Friday, bringing the total to 3,711 cases in the region.

There were also 10 new deaths reported, which brought the county's total to 134.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said the county has set a target of 5,200 COVID-19 tests (PCR diagnostic) per day based on national and state recommendations. On April 30, the county was reporting an average of 1,912 tests per day over the last 7 days.

Fletcher added that if April was a month of action, then May is a month of adaptation -- adapting to a new way of life and changing our ways until we get to a vaccine.

Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said it appears San Diego has flattened its curve, the question is whether or not COVID-19 cases in the region have peaked, and that answer is not yet clear.

To read what happened in April 2020, a month that county leaders called "critical" for flattening the curve, click here.

To look back at what happened in March 2020 in San Diego County during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.


San Diego's Public Health Order

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has taken measures to protect the community against the spread of the novel coronavirus by issuing a Public Health Order. The order was modified several times in March and April 2020 to restrict gatherings, shutter the dining rooms of restaurants, and close down public areas. Some of the rules included in the San Diego County public health order are:

  • Gatherings of any size are prohibited
  • Bars and adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol and don't serve food are ordered to close.
  • On-site dining at restaurants is not allowed, but pick-up, delivery, and drive-thru services are allowed.
  • Employees of essential businesses who come in regular contact with the public (retail stores, pharmacies, gas stations, etc.) are required to wear facial coverings.
  • Businesses have the right to refuse service to patrons who do not use facial coverings, though facial coverings are not mandatory but suggested for non-essential workers.
  • Open businesses must post sanitation/social distance protocols publicly by April 7.
  • Parking lots for public parks and recreational areas, including beaches, must close. It is up to each jurisdiction if they will close off parks or recreational areas.
  • Public or private schools and colleges are not allowed to hold classes or activities.
  • Anyone coming into San Diego County on flights connected to or originating from countries under the Level 3 Travel Advisory shall be subject to 14 days of home-quarantine.
  • The maximum penalty for violating the Public Health Order is a $1,000 fine or 6 months in jail.
  • Click here for complete details of the latest Public Health Order.

San Diego's Public Health Order

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has taken measures to protect the community against the spread of the novel coronavirus by issuing a Public Health Order. The order was modified several times in March and April 2020 to restrict gatherings, shutter the dining rooms of restaurants, and close down public areas. Some of the rules included in the San Diego County public health order are:

  • Gatherings of any size are prohibited
  • Bars and adult entertainment establishments that serve alcohol and don't serve food are ordered to close.
  • On-site dining at restaurants is not allowed, but pick-up, delivery, and drive-thru services are allowed.
  • Employees of essential businesses who come in regular contact with the public (retail stores, pharmacies, gas stations, etc.) are required to wear facial coverings.
  • Businesses have the right to refuse service to patrons who do not use facial coverings, though facial coverings are not mandatory but suggested for non-essential workers.
  • Open businesses must post sanitation/social distance protocols publicly by April 7.
  • Parking lots for public parks and recreational areas, including beaches, must close. It is up to each jurisdiction if they will close off parks or recreational areas.
  • Public or private schools and colleges are not allowed to hold classes or activities.
  • Anyone coming into San Diego County on flights connected to or originating from countries under the Level 3 Travel Advisory shall be subject to 14 days of home-quarantine.
  • The maximum penalty for violating the Public Health Order is a $1,000 fine or 6 months in jail.
  • Click here for complete details of the latest Public Health Order.

A lot happened in March 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic reached San Diego County and COVID-19 cases surged.

This included quarantine operations at a 151-room Ramada hotel in Kearny Mesa that was chosen to house quarantined patients held at MCAS Miramar (March 18).

More than 480 passengers from a coronavirus-ridden cruise ship that docked at the Port of Oakland were flown to MCAS Miramar March 10-12 to complete a mandatory 14-day federal quarantine. On March 27, Eric McDonald, Medical Director with the County Epidemiology Immunization Branch said all but three of the passengers have returned home after 14-days of quarantine, including those who had been at the Ramada Hotel.

Training Support Command at Naval Base San Diego was temporarily closed on March 14 due to three Sailors testing positive for COVID-19.

On March 13, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten shut down the second-largest school district in California. All other school districts in San Diego County followed suit. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy closed all schools within the San Diego Catholic Diocese, too.

We later learned schools across the state would be closed for the remainder of the academic year.

Local colleges and universities also canceled classes and events and moved their operations online. This included: UC San Diego; San Diego State University; California State University San Marcos; Point Loma Nazarene University; University of San Diego; San Diego Community College District; Southwestern College; Palomar College; Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

San Diego’s biggest tourist attractions, landmarks and events closed or were canceled. Local casinos followed, as well as gyms and fitness centers.

All daily and Sunday masses in the San Diego Catholic Diocese are canceled until further notice. Rock Church San Diego services were also canceled and moved to streaming online.

On March 23, San Diego’s beaches, parks, boardwalks and other open spaces across the county ordered to close to restrict gatherings over 10 people prohibited by state and local laws.

Bars and restaurant’s dining rooms were ordered to close. Shopping malls closed. Some retailers – like clothing stores Urban Outfitters and Brandy Melville USA – temporarily closed their stores.

Sports agencies – both college-level and professional – suspended their games and seasons. MLB’s Opening Day – including the San Diego Padres big Home Opener at Petco Park – were scrapped.


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