Advisory group to plan phased re-opening of San Diego's economy

Posted at 10:18 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 19:38:34-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Economic Recovery Advisory Group will meet for the first time Monday to develop a framework for a phased re-opening of San Diego County's economy once the threat of COVID-19 has been tamed.

The group, which was announced Friday, consists of local "civic and business leaders" representing a variety of industries that can advise how best to safely reopen for business, and how to have the local economy thrive in a business environment so widely impacted by COVID-19.

"We're not in the position of talking about when it should start or any of that, we're simply there to advise on how you can do it, how you can do it safely and how you can do it rapidly," said San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's president Jerry Sanders.


San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer will provide information about the outcomes of the first San Diego Economic Recovery Advisory Group meeting at his daily briefing, scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

"We want to ensure that we're doing the right things for restaurants, we're doing the right things for office buildings, all of the different permutations, again with what are the plans, how are we going to ensure compliance, and how are we going to keep people healthy?" Faulconer told 10News.

The number of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County grew by 55 on Sunday to 2,268 but no new deaths were reported, keeping the death toll at 71 people, county health officials said.

Of the total positive cases, about 24 percent have required hospitalization and about 8 percent have needed intensive care, officials said.

Sunday in Encinitas, a group of about 200 people marched along South Coast Highway 101 to protest the closure of beaches, parks and trails in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Diegans also took to the streets downtown and Balboa Park over the weekend to protest stay- at-home orders.