San Diego Placed On State’s Watch List

– 12:35 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2020

San Diego County was placed on the state’s watch list Monday, along with five other counties including Calusa, Madera, Marin, Merced and Monterey.

As of Monday, San Diego had a case rate of 129.3, according to data released by the state.

At his press briefing this afternoon, California Governor Gavin Newson announced that San Diego County is one of three new counties that have been added to his list of regions that must implement new restrictions on indoor business activities.

Counties on the state’s watch list will need to shut down the following businesses for three weeks unless they can modify their operations to outdoors or for pick-up only:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers (bowling alleys, miniature golf, arcades, etc.)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Card rooms

Bars must close all operations.This “dimmer switch” guidance will remain in place for at least three weeks and is based on rising COVID-19 cases and conditions in particular counties.

San Diego was placed on the state’s monitoring list Friday because the case rate per 100,000 people in a two-week period was in excess of 100. Counties are placed on the state’s watch list if they are on the monitoring list for three or more days.

County public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said she expected the county to be placed on the watch list on Monday because of the increase in the number of positive cases in the county of late.

Sunday, the county reported 1,030 new positive COVID-19 cases over the holiday weekend.