On Tuesday morning I was live streaming the regularly scheduled meeting for San Diego's County Board of Supervisors. (These meetings are always accessible to the public and I encourage you all to tune in when possible.) Listening in I was able to learn about two measures which were introduced that can help move our region's economy toward reopening and getting #BackToBusiness!
Under the first, the County will submitted a plan to the governor’s office that, if approved, would move San Diego further into Stage 2 of the California Resiliency Roadmap. Under the proposal, in-person dining at restaurants and retail shopping would be allowed, as long as businesses enact social distancing measures and follow various restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The board also approved proposing a pilot program that would allow a select number of businesses from Stage 3 to gradually reopen ahead of the schedule outlined by the state.The pilot program includes outdoor religious services, research labs, hair and nail salons, fitness facilities, youth sports and clubs and pools at apartment complexes. The pilot program would also allow therapeutic and peer support groups to offer sessions, but with group size limited to 12 people or fewer.
I am SO PLEASED to announce that as of Wednesday night, the state has approved San Diego County to move farther into Stage 2, allowing in-person customers at restaurants and retail businesses, with modifications. Businesses need to follow guidance, complete and post safe reopening plans (which can be found on our website or requested by emailing email@example.com). The priority was and still is about public health and safety, but again, we are thrilled to see this action take place and we look forward to continuing our support for local businesses as they proudly reopen their doors.