[UPDATE: November 14, 2020]
After wavering on the brink after many weeks, San Diego County has just moved from Tier 3 (“red”) back to Tier 4 (“purple”) effective November 14, 2020. In accordance with this designation, the County of San Diego’s public-health officer issued a new, more restrictive order. [Update: 11/16/20]: Gov. Newsom “pulled the emergency brake” on reopenings statewide, effective 11/17; see STATE OF CALIFORNIA page.
[UPDATE: September 3, 2020]
Over the summer, it became clear that earlier reopenings were too much, too soon, causing some unfortunate spikes in the pandemic. As a result, there were certain rollbacks from the reopenings.
The County has now begun to issue orders in accordance with the newly revised statewide 4-tier system that went into effect in late August. San Diego County began this new phase in phase 3, “red,” which is the third most restrictive category. Most of California has begun in the phase 4, “purple” tier. See CA Blueprint for a Safe Economy.
[UPDATE: May 21, 2020]
Gov. Gavin Newsom has just announced more progress in easing some of the statewide Stage 2 phase of the COVID-19 orders that began in early May. Certain rural counties were given permission at that time to reopen some activities.
The May 18th state orders allow other areas to open up a bit and to submit plans for approval. San Diego County submitted a plan on May 19th, that was approved by California on May 20th.
This is a rapidly developing – and complex – story that we’ll update frequently.
[April 1, 2020]
“This is an extraordinary time for the rule of law, when all citizens must keep advised of rapidly changing and electronically disseminated pronouncements affecting how they live and work.”
In addition to laws and rules from the federal and state governments, every person or entity in a local area must pay careful attention to their city and county authorities who have some say about matters including personal restrictions as well as special benefits like moratoria from evictions. There are also special funds available at the local level.
A fundamental challenge, though, is determining which of several overlapping rules may apply. There are no easy answers at this time.