San Diego County’s public health officer announced that effective Tuesday, July 7, restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, and movie theaters, among other businesses across the region, must close if they operate indoors.
Following three days on the state’s Monitoring List and as part of the County’s Safe Reopening, the following businesses were closed unless they can operate outdoors. The closures go into effect July 7 and will last three weeks:
• Dine-in restaurants (outdoor settings, pickup, delivery and drive-thrus still allowed)
• Wineries and tasting rooms
• Movie theaters
• Family entertainment centers (including bowling alleys, arcades)
• Zoos and museums
The City Council in May agreed to waive Coronado’s parking code requirements to allow local restaurants to temporarily serve dining patrons in parking lots, other dedicated parking spots or other open areas near their restaurants. The May 19 Council action was due to the expectation that restaurants would be given the go-ahead by state and County officials to offer limited dine-in service. Some restaurants reopened as early as May 21 if they met certain requirements.
Now with new prohibition on indoor dining, the Council action is more important than ever. So far, the City has approved seating plans for three local restaurants: Coronado Brewing Co., Nicky Rottens and Nado Republic. The new rules allow Coronado restaurants to maintain but not exceed their previously approved seating occupancy prior to the COVID-19 emergency required them to close or greatly reduce their operations. Temporary outdoor seating may be provided on a sidewalk, within an on-site outdoor space or in a privately-owned parking lot subject to the conditions and limitations outlined in a City handout and application form found on the Community Development web page. The application can be filled out and submitted electronically. There is no fee. Submit the application with a seating plan to email@example.com for faster service.
As businesses have reopened with conditions in Coronado, the City saw a need to monitor and educate businesses to ensure they follow San Diego County’s Safe Reopening plan. The City Council is now working with Coronado MainStreet to provide that service. MainStreet provides temporary business monitoring to assist businesses in compliance with various conditions during the health emergency.
The community is reminded that the County public health order still in place states that everyone should stay home except to take care of essential needs, go to an essential job, go to reopened businesses or go out for exercise. It asks people to practice social distancing and keep at least six feet away from other people unless they are household members. The goal is to slow the spread of the virus and to make sure the healthcare system is able to care for all patients.
In addition to social distancing, the County asks people to take other protective measures to prevent the spread of the virus to new people such as:
• Wash your hands often
• Don’t touch your face
• Clean highly used household surfaces often
• Wear a face covering when within six feet of people not in your household