Customers are served outdoors on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp at Rockin' Baja Lobster.
Customers are served outdoors last summer on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp at Rockin’ Baja Lobster. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego County public officials confirmed Monday that the end of the regional stay-at-home order will enable local restaurants to resume outdoor dining and hair and nail salons to safely reopen.

Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier lifted the regional stay-at-home orders, citing a downward trend in coronavirus hospitalizations and a projection that ICU capacity will rise above the 15% threshold in four weeks.

“The practical impact of what that means in San Diego County is that we will return to the purple tier,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher at an afternoon press conference.

He outlined the following services and activities that are immediately affected:

  • Restaurants can resume outdoor service from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Bars, breweries and distilleries that serve food can resume outdoor service
  • Personal care services including hair, nails, massage and tattoos can safely resume indoors
  • Grocers can expand to 50% capacity, but other retail is restricted to 25%
  • Hotels can reopen
  • Organized youth sports activities can resume outdoors
  • Gyms, places of worship, and museums can only operate outside

“Today’s announcement will come as a relief to a lot of folks who were impacted by the regional stat-at-home orders,” he said, but cautioned that it could be weeks or more before the county moves down from the purple tier to the red tier under which more activities could resume.

“We have bent a curve; we have begun to move in a positive direction,” he said. “But we have a ways to go.”

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.