Old Town COVID-19 Updates

Updated: April 3, 2020 @ 11:53 a.m.

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Stay home except for essential needs

San Diego County public health officials have issued orders to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.  A statewide order issued March 19 expands on parts of the local order.

San Diego County public health order (PDF)

Addendum regarding face coverings and public parks (PDF)

Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol (PDF Form)

San Diego County health orders for cruise ships (PDFs)  Disembarkation | Docking

California public health order (PDF)

List of essential critical infrastructure workers (PDF)

What the orders mean

  • Everyone needs to stay home except to take care of essential needs or go to an essential job.
  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least six feet away from other people unless they’re family. Avoid gatherings of any size.

Why are we doing this?

The goal is to “flatten the curve.” That means to keep people from getting sick all at once. We can slow a virus’s ability to infect people by keeping them apart.

When a new virus like novel coronavirus appears, faster spread means higher demand on the health care system. The increase can overwhelm the health care system and make it harder to take care of all sick people, whether they have COVID-19 or not.

However, if people stay away from each other by staying at home and practicing social-distancing, the virus cannot infect as many people as fast.

Latest Federal, State, County and City Directives and Updates

City of San Diego 

County of San Diego

State of California 

Federal Government 


Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported symptoms ranging from mild to severe respiratory illness. COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure. Symptoms generally include:

  • Fever
  • Dry Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath and/or Difficulty Breathing


The State of California has been working with Verily Life Sciences to create an online pre-test screening to help determine if you should visit an official testing facility.  The online pre-test screening is now live and can be taken here.

Additional information will be provided by the online portal once your screening is complete.


To limit the spread of infection, public health organizations recommend:

  • Avoiding Large Groups
  • Washing Hands Thoroughly and Often
  • Covering Mouth with Arm or Nook of Elbow when Coughing or Sneezing
  • Abstaining from Touching of the Face; and
  • Keeping a “Social Distance” of Six Feet or More.
  • If you feel sick, stay home.


Small Business Administration (Disaster Assistance)

Employment Development Department (Unemployment)

Click HERE for more information on Small Business assistance

Doctor’s Note Policy

All businesses are to suspend the policy/procedure for a doctor’s note from sick employee during this period.


Governor Newsom’s Renter & Homeowner Protection


City of San Diego Public Utilities

The City has suspended all water shutoffs as a result of nonpayment and utility bills will not be charged interest fees for late or nonpayment. Customers are encouraged to pay utility bills to the extent possible based on individual circumstances.

San Diego Gas & Electric

With the coronavirus pandemic causing significant impact on the economy and people’s livelihoods, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced today that it will temporarily suspend service disconnections. The disconnection moratorium will remain in place until further notice.

The company is urging customers who are struggling to pay their utility bill due to financial hardships stemming from the coronavirus to call its Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-7343 to make payment arrangements.

SDG&E will also waive late payment fees for business customers whose finances have been hit hard by the coronavirus. The company does not charge residential customers a late payment fee.

Internal Revenue Service

“Americans can get a three-month reprieve to pay their income taxes for 2019, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday in a press conference.

The IRS will postpone the April 15 tax deadline by 90 days for millions of individuals, a reprieve that would cover many pass-through entities and small businesses, he said.” – USA Today, 3/17/2020

For more information and COVID-19 support through the IRS, click here.

Franchise Tax Board

The Franchise Tax Board announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to June 15, 2020, for all tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020.

For more information, click here.

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