Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Preparations to Open Can Begin for Gyms, Schools, Bars and More

On June 5 the state provided guidance for the possible opening of schools, day camps, gyms and fitness facilities, some sports, museums and more, no sooner than June 12.

In San Diego County, Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer announced that given our region’s current successes in responding to COVID-19 she is comfortable with the County having the authority to set its own pace to move into Stage 3 of reopening now that the state has released guidance for the following list of businesses and organizations. All will require the San Diego County public health officer’s approval before they can reopen, but they should prepare now.

Statewide – guidance for opening for the following:

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Schools; Day camps; Music, film and TV production; Professional sports without in-person spectators – office staff to use Office Workplace guidance, and retail operations use the Retail guidance.

For counties with variance, including San Diego County – guidance for opening for the following:

Gyms and fitness facilitiesRestaurants, Bars and WineriesHotelsCard rooms, satellite wagering and racetracksFamily entertainment, including bowling alleys and arcadesCampgrounds, RV parks, outdoor recreationMuseums, galleries, zoos and aquariums.

To Continue Further Reopening

Thirteen and three.

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Thirteen is the number of triggers the County of San Diego will be monitoring to make sure it is OK to continue a further reopening of the local economy. To help the public understand and monitor COVID-19 activity in the region, the County has launched a dashboard of all 13 triggers that would show a green or a red color depending on the current situation. Some triggers will be updated daily and others periodically, depending on the availability of data.

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On their own, any of these three criteria – increasing community outbreaks, limited intensive care unit capacity, and a dwindling supply of personal protective equipment  – would indicate a worsening of COVID-19 activity in the region and cause modifications to the Health Officer Order. Combinations of the other ten triggers also can cause a modification of the Health Officer Order.

“All of the triggers are now green, and this is very good news,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “However, people must continue to follow public health guidance to ensure these triggers stay green.”

Still Closed

The state has not provided guidance for the following and these remain closed:

  • Community pools, including those in condominiums
  • Nail salons
  • Facial salons
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Therapeutic massage businesses
  • Movie theaters


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to:


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