By Pam Stevens
Although San Diego is still under a general “stay at home” order for protection against and to halt the spread of COVID-19, San Diego County announced May 12 a number of businesses which had been closed will now be allowed to re-open, but with certain restrictions, following the County’s “Safe Re- opening Plan” guidelines.
In addition to businesses providing “essential services” such as grocery stores, take-out food from restaurants, and gas stations, which were allowed to remain open when California’s statewide “stay at home” order began in mid-March, a variety of businesses and retail establishments will now be allowed to reopen. Among them are:
*Office-based businesses, though telework remains strongly encouraged;
*Shopping malls can be open, but only for pick-up service, with no customers allowed inside stores;
*Landscaping and gardening businesses;
In order to re-open, a business must follow the County’s template to write up and post its own “Safe Re- pening Plan.” Common elements include: all employees must have temperatures taken upon arriving at work, all employees must wear face coverings in the workplace, if within six feet of each other, and all employees should as much as possible have their regular work stations greater than six feet away from each other. All customers/visitors must wear facial coverings, curbside or outdoor service should be available where feasible, an appointment system should be utilized, when appropriate, and businesses should specify a limit on the number of customers allowed inside which would enable their customers
and employees to maintain six feet distance between each other at all practicable times.
One Mira Mesa / Scripps Ranch area business which now has re-opened following those guidelines is a longtime local pet grooming business, Critter Cleaners. Appointments are needed, and pet owners are instructed that when they arrive, they should pull up curbside in front of the store’s window and staff will come take the pet into the building. My husband and I have been taking our pets to Critter Cleaners over the years, and we are especially happy to find out about this re-opening. Our cat, Thomas, has
developed claws which feel like little daggers whenever he leaps on my lap while I am at the computer!
For the full San Diego County News Center article about businesses re-opening, see:
For the County’s Safe Re-opening Plan Template, see:
For more COVID-19 information in general, visit: https://coronavirus-sd.com