Last updated on April 8, 2022

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Reopening California

Update Feb 28, 2022: New CDPH guidance for issued for use of face masks.

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.

Update: April 1, 2022: Current Safety Measures – What to do now



History of California Stay Home Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

June 15, 2021: Safely reopening California:As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the

Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

Beyond the Blueprint Q&A | What Will California Look Like After June 15? Flyer

Update May 4, 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 scheduled to be in the Yellow Tier beginning June 9, 2021.

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, 2020: 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


Reopening San Diego County

Current San Diego County Health Order, Safe Reopening and current restrictions can be found here.

Historical  Information:

June 15, 2020: Read about San Diego County’s Safe Reopening Plan here.

The San Diego County Public Health Officer issued a new limited Public Health Order effective June 15, 2021

Updates about reopening San Diego June 8, 2021: Beginning June 9, 2021, San Diego County will be the Yellow Tier minimal risk indication. For up to date information on what businesses are permitted to reopen and safe reopening guidelines, see the County’s Safe Reopening plan here

Stay-at-Home Orders

California Stay-at-Home Order

Updated April 1, 2022: Current information on California’s COVID-19 restrictions and history of past Stay-at-Home Orders can be found here.

Historical Information:

History of California Stay-at-Home Orders:

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.

San Diego County Stay-at-Home Order

New March 11, 2022:  County Public Health Order- Isolation of All Persons with or Likely to have COVID-19  

New February 10, 2022: County Public Health Order- Quarentine of Persons Exposed to COVID-19

More information about County health orders can be found here.

Read San Diego County Sheriff Department’s COVID-19 Response information here.

City of San Diego Order

Current Executive Order issued August 18, 2021 by City of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. For more information check out the City of San Diego’s website here.


Updated January 27, 2022: Traveling soon? Read the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Updated April 4, 2022: CDC International Travel Advisory

Updated January 27, 2022: 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 February 16, 2022: California Department of Parks and Recreation -State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center –

Updated April 6, 2022: San Diego Coast Keeper – San Diego County Beach Status –

Updated July 27, 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

Article: Five Ways to Protect Your Emotional Health Post-COVID

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.