Reopening California from Quarantine Info – COVID-19 Issues

Last updated on November 19, 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.


Reopening California

Reopening San Diego County

Stay-at-Home Orders

Parks & Recreation

Tips For Managing Anxiety and Stress


Reopening California

Update 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


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.


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


Stay-at-Home Orders

California Stay-at-Home Order

Update 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 -Order, 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.

For questions and answers about California Stay-at-Home  orders, see the FAQ section of the California State COVID-19 page.

San Diego County Stay-at-Home Order

UPDATE Nov 16: On Nov 13, county public health officials issued a Public Health Order effective Nov 14, 2020.

More information about county health orders can be found here.

Updated Oct 10: 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 August 18, 2020 by City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer:  For more information check out the City of San Diego’s website here.



Updated Oct 21: Traveling soon? Read the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic:


Updated Nov 11:   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 Aug 28, 2020: Public Recreation:

California Department of Parks and Recreation -State Parks COVID-19 Resource Center –

San Diego Coast Keeper – San Diego County Beach Status –

Updated Oct 12, 2020: 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 

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:


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