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State approves San Diego County reopening plan that includes in-person dining, retail

Social distancing, other health measures required
Posted at 9:17 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 10:34:09-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The State of California approved San Diego County's plan to move forward through Phase 2 of the reopening plan.

The plan includes in-dining restaurants with modifications and in-store retail, also with modifications.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said Wednesday that when the state approved the plans, businesses could begin reopening effective immediately.

"We have come this far responsibly--let's work together to ensure we continue our forward momentum," Fletcher said. "Remember: physical distancing, temperature checks, face coverings and hand washing!"


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According to San Diego County officials, restaurants will need to follow certain guidelines and complete the San Diego Restaurant Operating Protocol before reopening. Retail businesses will need to go through a similar process.

Click here for detailed reopening guidance.

Restaurants and retail establishments will also have to comply with certain regulations, including restoring water quality, cleaning, and disinfecting.

“We’ve been preparing everyone for this day. We talked extensively on the lead up to this. And we said once we got the green light form the state we wouldn’t hold anyone back," Fletcher told 10News Wednesday night.

"So any restaurant that has completed their safe reopening plan, has posted it outside to their employees can open effective immediately," he added.

The county has also provided detailed guidelines for employees as they return to work in retail and dining. The guidance includes not going to work if employees are sick, requiring businesses to conduct temperature checks daily, and requiring face coverings.

Click here for a full list of employee guidelines.