San Diego Mayor Faulconer signs executive order to allow city gyms, churches, salons to operate outdoors

Posted at 9:17 AM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 11:32:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer Monday signed an executive order that will allow certain businesses and places of worship to operate outdoors.

In light of California’s restrictions on indoor operations and activities, the executive order will permit businesses such as gyms, churches, barbershops and hair/nail salons to “expand their operations into private parking lots,” City of San Diego officials said.

The order takes effect immediately, although Faulconer said the state will have to amend its regulations for salons and barbershops to operate outside.

Faulconer said, “Right now, we need to give our small businesses every tool possible to get through this difficult time or they might shut down for good. By allowing more and more businesses to operate outdoors, we are delivering solutions to help San Diego’s small businesses get to the other side of this pandemic while putting thousands of San Diegans back to work safely and responsibly with proper physical distancing.”

The San Diego City Council will vote on the newest executive order into a city ordinance at a later date.

On July 13, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced restrictions on indoor operations across the state as coronavirus cases surged in California.

Earlier this month, Faulconer signed an executive order that allowed restaurants within the city to move their operations outside.

Notable parts of that order included allowing restaurants to establish sidewalk cafes and use private parking lots for dining.