Reopening California from Quarantine Info – COVID-19 Issues

Last updated on February 26, 2021

Below are selected websites from reliable sources, vetted by our Law Librarians. This is not an exhaustive list of information available on this topic, but a starting point to provide you with basic information.


Reopening California

Reopening San Diego County

Stay-at-Home Orders

Parks & Recreation

Tips For Managing Anxiety and Stress


Reopening California

To read about California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, click here.

For updates to California’s Pandemic Roadmap, click here.


Update Jan 26, 2021: The Regional Stay Home Order issued December 3, 2020, was lifted January 25, 2021 as projected ICU availability over 4 weeks in all regions rose to over 15%. Once a region exits the Regional Stay Home Order, counties within that region return to the appropriate tier and rules under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. San Diego County is in the Purple tier.


 Dec 22, 2020: In response to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a Regional Stay Home Order.  The Regional Stay Home Order will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about this order. 


Nov 19: New stay at home requirements for counties in the purple tier. As of November 19, 2020, it is required that all non-essential work and activities stop between 10PM and 5AM in counties in the Widespread (purple) tier. Read more in the limited stay at home order.


Aug 28, 2020:  New Public Health Order (PDF)  issued dated Aug 28, 2020. Questions and Answers (Q&A’s) about the new health order, including what’s open, can be found here.


On March 19, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order directing California residents to  stay-at-home except for essential business.  The companion Public Health Order has not yet been lifted. On April 28, 2020  Governor Newsom presented a 4-staged roadmap for reopening California. The Resilience Roadmap  details what happens during each stage and indicators to be considered before moving into each phase. The four stages are:


  •   Stage 1: Safety and Preparedness
  •  Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces
  •  Stage 3: Higher Risk Workplaces
  •  Stage 4: End of Stay at Home Order


Updated Nov 18: California is currently in Stage 1. For updates on California’s Pandemic Roadmap can be found here. As the state moves into each stage, more businesses are permitted to reopen.  To help reduce risk to employees and customers,  Industry Guidance for reopening has been prepared for each industry.



Reopening San Diego County


Updates about reopening San Diego: For up to date information on what businesses are permitted to reopen and safe reopening guidelines, see the County’s Reopening plan here.


On May 8th, the Governor outlined a process where counties who met specific criteria could move more quickly than other parts of the state through Stage 2 of modifying the Stay-at-Home order. San Diego County’s County Variance Attestation form, submitted May 19, has been approved.  While a modified Public Health Order was issued on November 13, 2020, stay-at-home orders are still in effect.




Stay-at-Home Orders

California Stay-at-Home Order

Update Jan 25, 2021: The Regional Stay Home Order has been lifted. County restrictions may still apply. Check here for the latest county risk levels.

 Nov 19: New stay at home requirements for counties in the purple tier. As of November 19, 2020, it is required that all non-essential work and activities stop between 10PM and 5AM in counties in the Widespread (purple) tier. Read more in the limited stay at home order.


On March 19, 2020,  California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for California residents. Read the full Executive Order, including exceptions, here.   Read more from California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response about what you can do and what “essential services” means here.


To read the updated Q&A’s on California’s Stay-at-Home Orders, click here.


The State of California has a website dedicated to all things COVID-19. To explore, click here. Additionally, there is a Twitter profile you can follow.

San Diego County Stay-at-Home Order


UPDATE Jan 25, 2021: On January 25, county public health officials issued a Public Health Order effective January 25, 2021.

More information about county health orders can be found here.


Updated Nov 18: Read San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore’s Statement on enforcement of Public Health Orders here.

City of San Diego Order

Current Executive Order issued December 30, 2020 by City of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. For more information check out the City of San Diego’s website here.



Updated Jan 6, 2021: California Department of Public Health Travel Advisory.

Updated Dec 2: Traveling soon? Read the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic:


Updated Jan 14, 2021:   Holiday Celebrations and Small Gathering Considerations from the CDC


Articles about Quarantine, Isolation and Legal Authority

Quarantine or Isolation? What’s the difference


Legal Authorities for isolation and quarantine. Covers Federal, State, Local, and Tribal Law and the role of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC)


The National Conference of State Legislatures has complied a list of state quarantine and isolation statutes.


Informative article by the National Constitution Center on presidential powers during a pandemic.


The ADA and Face Mask Policies:

Parks & Recreation

Updated Dec 31, 2020: California Department of Parks and Recreation -State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center –

Updated Jan 28, 2021: San Diego Coast Keeper – San Diego County Beach Status –

Updated Jan 26, 2021: Check the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation – COVID – 19 page for updates on what’s open and what’s closed.

Tips for Managing Anxiety and Stress 

Updated 1/22/21 From the CDC

In Spanish


The California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19


Anxiety and Depression Association of America – COVID-19 Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine –


The American Society for Nutrition has provided tips on how to stay fit and healthy during COVID-19 pandemic:


Live Well San Diego has a new resource page Live Well @ Home .   Live Well @ Home is a free resource to help community residents find tips and strategies to stay healthy in both mind and body while staying at home.


From the County of San Diego Department of Behavior: How to manage your mental health and cope during COVID-19


Tips from the County of San Diego on maintaining your mental health during the COVID-19 crisis:

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) has prepared a resource guide covering COVID-19 Updates and Resources. See section on Personal Wellbeing & Self-Care.


Short video on mindfulness and meditation provided by the California Lawyers Association.