Reopening California from Quarantine Info – COVID-19 Issues
Last updated on August 21, 2020
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.
UPDATE: New Statewide Public Health Officer Order was issued July 13.
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
California is currently in Stage 2. For updates on California’s Pandemic Roadmap can be found here.
On May 4, 2020, an Executive Order (PDF) informed local health jurisdictions and industry sectors that they may gradually reopen under new modifications and guidance provided by the state per the May 7, 2020 Public Health Order (PDF). Questions and Answers (Q&A’s) about the new health order, including what’s open, 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.
UPDATE: July 29, the County issued a new Public Health Order, effective July 30, 2020.
The state is closing additional indoor activities in San Diego County. New restrictions go into effect July 15. Details on Safe Reopening page.
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 June 9, 2020, stay-at-home orders are still in effect.
For up to date information on what businesses are permitted to reopen and safe reopening guidelines, see the County’s Reopening plan here.
California 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 -Order, click here.
San Diego County Stay-at-Home Order
UPDATE: On July 14, county public health officials issued a Public Health Order effective July 15.
April 30, County public health officials issued a new Public Health Order which expands an earlier, extending it until further notice. Effective May 1, 2020, persons in San Diego Country must wear a facial covering when in a business or within 6 feet of someone not a member not their family or household. More information about county health orders can be found here.
Read San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore’s Statement on Public Health Orders here.
City of San Diego Order
On April 30, 2020, City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer issued Executive Order 2020-3 effective immediately through May 31.
UPDATE: All individuals living in the State of California are currently ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands, or as otherwise authorized. The Stay at Home orders are in effect until further notice. For more information check out the City of San Diego’s website here.
The National Conference of State Legislatures has complied a list of state quarantine and isolation statutes. https://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-quarantine-and-isolation-statutes.aspx
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level 3 warning to avoid all non-essential travel due to ongoing widespread transmission of the coronavirus. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-global
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)
Informative article by the National Constitution Center on presidential powers during a pandemic. https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/what-is-the-presidents-authority-during-a-pandemic
The ADA and Face Mask Policies: https://www.adasoutheast.org/ada/publications/legal/ada-and-face-mask-policies.php#contactfooter
California Department of Parks and Recreation – State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center – https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30350
San Diego Coast Keeper – San Diego County Beach Status – https://www.sdcoastkeeper.org/beach-advisories
Check the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation – COVID – 19 page for updates on what’s open and what’s closed. http://www.sdparks.org/content/sdparks/en/news-events/news-stories/COVID-19Response.html.html.html
The California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19 https://covid19.ca.gov/img/wp/california-surgeon-general_stress-busting-playbook_draft-v2clean_ada-04072020.pdf
Anxiety and Depression Association of America – COVID-19 Lockdown Guide: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine – https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/covid-19-lockdown-guide-how-manage-anxiety-and
The American Society for Nutrition has provided tips on how to stay fit and healthy during COVID-19 pandemic: https://nutrition.org/how-to-stay-fit-and-healthy-during-coronavirus-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 https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/bhs/covid19_resources.html
Tips from the County of San Diego on maintaining your mental health during the COVID-19 crisis:https://www.countynewscenter.com/tips-to-maintain-your-mental-health-during-covid-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tips-to-maintain-your-mental-health-during-covid-19
Short video on mindfulness and meditation provided by the California Lawyers Association.