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San Diego County Joins State ‘Monitoring List’

San Diego County CA—The State of California Department of Public Health has been monitoring each County for specific metrics to gauge state actions in response to the spread of COVID-19. The metrics they’re watching are:

  • Elevated disease transmission
  • Increasing hospitalizations
  • Limited hospital capacity

San Diego County’s elevated disease transmission rate has triggered the first metric and the County was notified of its ‘Monitoring List’ status. Over the past week, the rate of COVID-19 cases in the region went up to 176 new cases per 100,000 residents surpassing the state’s threshold of no more than 100 cases per every 100,000 residents for seven straight days.

New Restrictions on Select Indoor Businesses

Due to the County’s new “monitored list” status, the County reinstated more restrictive measures, effective tomorrow, July 7, 2020. For the following industries; indoor business operations must close, sector may be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

  • Indoor sections of dine-in restaurants and bars
  • Indoor wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Indoor museums
  • Cardrooms

The indoor closures will be in effect until July 27 and re-evaluated then. These business sectors vs. other indoor operations were targeted because people are gathering in groups for longer periods of time, and community outbreaks have been specifically traced to these types of indoor spaces.

Help for Oceanside Impacted Businesses

Assistance is available for Oceanside businesses who are struggling through these pandemic conditions. The City of Oceanside has developed Relaxed Business Regulations while state and County Health Orders are in place.

Additionally, the City Council approved a Business Loan Program for Oceanside businesses, and funding is still available.