San Diego Travel: What to Expect in 2021

The effects of 2020 are almost behind us. And although COVID-19 is still a serious concern, safe and effective vaccines are rolling out worldwide. Experts estimate that the worst of the pandemic will soon be behind us, and some sense of normalcy won’t be far behind. 

In the interim, it’s still incumbent upon all of us to continue to exercise caution in order to help stop the spread and keep ourselves safe while help is en route. To that end, here are the latest guidelines from San Diego County regarding the best ways visitors and residents alike can help keep themselves and each other safer.

Understanding Safety Tiers

The State of California is working from a “tiered” safety system in order to help categorize risk and communicate action based on case counts. A given region’s tier may change at any time based on a variety of factors, and each categorization carries its own set of guidelines. For more information on how the state is handling tiers, what they mean, and the actions you need to take, please visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Information Page

What’s Open

The state and county are continually reviewing the state of the spread in California on a region-by-region basis and assessing what businesses and institutions are permitted to be open. As of January 1, 2021, the following are allowed to operate normally (albeit while observing masking and social distancing guidelines):

• Outdoor Recreational Facilities (e.g., beaches, parks, playgrounds, camping, boating, golf, tennis, etc.)
• Retail, Malls, and Shopping Centers (at 20% capacity, no consuming food or drink inside, and special hours for seniors and the immunocompromised)
• Grocery stores (at 35% capacity)
• Hotels 
• Restaurants (take-out or delivery only)
• Offices (remote only)
• Places of Worship (outdoor activities only)
• Entertainment Production

What’s Closed

Similarly, the state has mandated the temporary closure of certain types of businesses where safer operation cannot be implemented. Currently, both San Diego County and the State of California at large have compelled the following to remain shuttered until safer conditions can be achieved:

• Indoor playgrounds
• Indoor recreational facilities
• Hair salons and barbershops
• Personal care services (e.g., nail salons, tattoo, piercing, tanning) 
• Museums, zoos, and aquariums
• Movie theaters (except drive-in)
• Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
• Family entertainment centers
• Cardrooms and satellite wagering
• Limited services
• Live audience sports
• Amusement parks

Be Smart, Be Safe

Of course, the single best thing you can do to stay safe is follow the advice of the Centers For Disease Control and California Department of Public Health. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and carry hand sanitizer with you in a purse, bag, or pocket. Avoid touching your face, especially after coming into contact with any publicly accessible surface. Maintain a safe six-foot distance from others outside your immediate family, and wear a suitable face covering at all times when in public to protect yourself and others from possible transmission.

Feel free to reach out to us via phone (858-581-3500), email, or at our website if you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming visit. The staff of Pacific Terrace wishes you and yours safe and happy travels.