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Hair salons and barber shops are now permitted to open provided that both patron and stylist wear face masks the entire time. However, facial hair, eyebrow and other serves which would require a face mask to be removed are not allowed. Nail salons are still not permitted to open. Businesses that reopen must complete the Safe Reopening Plan.


On May 20, the state approved San Diego County to allow dine-in restaurants and in-store retail to reopen with modifications. Food businesses will need to complete:

Retail businesses will need to complete:


The Governor announced new specifications that will allow larger counties to move deeper into phase 2 reopening. Additional guidelines for reopening dine-in, in-store retail, and haircut sectors are being developed and expected to be released within a week.

The County of San Diego stated that they are optimistic about moving quickly through Stage 2 and that Stage 3 reopening is expected in the next few weeks. Businesses that are preparing to reopen are urged to complete their Safe Reopening Plan (SRP) checklist so that when the time comes, they can reopen. 


The County of San Diego has created a new program for older adults to receive up to three meals delivered to their homes per day. The Great Plates Delivery program runs through June 10, but may be extended further. See the County's website for qualifications and to sign up.


On May 12, 2020, the City Council approved the distribution of more than $800,000 in CARES Act Funds which will go to four local organizations to help assist low-income El Cajon residents experiencing financial hardships during this time. A large portion of this funding will be used for rental and utility assistance for those with existing leases who are unable to pay their rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 emergency. The programs will be launching within the next two weeks.  Watch this webpage for more details coming soon.


The State has expanded the types of businesses which may now open to include:

  • Office-based businesses (telework is still strongly encouraged)
  • Car washes
  • Pet grooming
  • Landscape gardening
  • Outdoor museums & open gallery spaces complete the 

All businesses must complete the Safe Reopening Plan (SRP) checklist which is to be posted at the entrance. A copy of the SRP must also be distributed to each employee. 


The County revised its Health Order effective May 8, easing restrictions surrounding recreational activities including campgrounds, golf carts, and rentals of boats, kayaks, and surfboards. Swimming pools are still prohibited by the State.

Additionally, the County clarified that businesses which can provide curbside and delivery are allowed to open as part of the beginning of Phase 2. Dine-in, shopping malls, office-based businesses, and outdoor museums are coming soon in Phase 2. The county urges these businesses to prepare their SRP in anticipation of opening.


Effective Friday May 8, the State will enter Phase 2, which enables certain businesses to open. Examples are bookstores, clothing/shoe/furniture retailers, sports stores, and florists. Additionally, manufacturing, warehouse, and logistic businesses which support these types of retailers may open as well. All businesses MUST complete a Safe Reopening Plan (SRP) checklist which is to be posted at the entrance. A copy of the SRP must also be distributed to each employee. 


In anticipation of the Governor’s amendment to the Stay at Home Orders, the County of San Diego has developed the Reopen San Diego Business Safety Framework. This framework provides a baseline series of broad actions that non-essential businesses will need to implement to safely reopen. Non-essential businesses should take steps now to prepare to reopen when the time comes.

Non-essential businesses may not reopen until authorized by the Governor’s Executive Order and all businesses will be required to complete the Safe Reopening Plan (SRP). This plan does not need to be submitted now. Essential businesses already operating DO NOT need to submit a new plan.


Grossmont College becomes the County's third COVID-19 testing location, in addition to Escondido and Chula Vista. Tests will begin Tuesday, May 5, and an appointment must be made ahead of time either online, or by calling 888-634-1123.

Governor Newsom announced that the State will enter phase 2 this week, with some retail and support businesses who meet certain criteria opening as early as Friday, May 8. More details on this will be released during the Governor's press conference on Thursday, May 7.


The County of San Diego requires that all persons wear a face covering when coming within 6' of someone not in the same housing unit.


County permits Cities to reopen beaches with only the following activities permitted: swimming, surfing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Additionally, County states that effective May 1, everyone who goes outside must wear a facial covering.


City releases over $100,000 in funding to organizations for food assistance in El Cajon with food expected to hit homes in the next week.

LISC San Diego offers grants of up to $10,000 for small business affected by COVID-19.


The El Cajon City Council directed City staff to move forward with a number of programs to help residents, businesses, and homeless individuals in El Cajon during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff began working on the framework for these 12 programs which are expected to become active in the next few weeks.


County expands list of businesses which employees must wear face masks to banks and transportation-related professions such as MTS, Uber, Lyft, and taxis. New dashboard also created to review COVID-19 statistics.


County amends order, prohibiting all gatherings of any size.


County adds food delivery to list of essential businesses which require employee face masks.


County expands list of businesses which employees must wear face masks to include banks and transportation-related professions such as MTS, Uber, Lyft, and taxis. A new dashboard has also been created to review COVID-19 statistics.


County amends order prohibiting gatherings of any size.


County adds food delivery to list of essential businesses which require employee face masks.


County orders closure of parking lots at public parks and beaches. Parking lots at City parks are closed, parks remain open for passive recreation. Employers are now required to visibly post "Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocols" at entrances to establishments. Employees are required to wear face masks if they work in the following types of essential businesses which have regular contact with the public:

  • Grocery stores,
  • Pharmacy/drug stores,
  • Convenience stores,
  • Gas stations, and
  • Restaurants


County extends stay-at-home order until further notice.


County resource for staying healthy while sheltering in place is created.


El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells holds virtual town hall - Watch playback


Food & meal distribution sites.


FACT (Facilitating Access to Coordinated Transportation) - Free rides until April 15 for seniors, disabled, and veterans for essential services. San Diego Crisis Line offers free and confidential mental health support available 24/7 at 888-724-7240.


Statewide "Stay at Home" order implemented, directing all Californians to stay home except for essential business such as to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to essential jobs--which the State has defined such as:

• Chemical Industry • Food and Agriculture
• Communications and IT • Government Operations
• Critical Manufacturing • Hazardous Materials
• Defense Industrial Base • Healthcare / Public Health
• Emergency Services • Transportation & Logistics
• Energy • Water & Wastewater
• Financial Services


Residents may visit essential businesses such as grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies while maintaining social distancing. In addition, many El Cajon restaurants have chosen to remain open offering take out, drive-thru, and delivery options. Help support our local restaurants during these difficult times.


County order restricts gatherings to groups of 10 or fewer; certain types of establishments are required to close. New state website for COVID-19 created.


President's 15 days to slow the spread.


Governor's Executive Orders

3/19/20 - Executive Order N33-20: All must stay home until further notice, except "critical infrastructure sector" employees.

3/18/20 - Executive Order N-32-20: Homelessness and COVID-19

3/17/20 - Executive Order N-30-20: Suspending Standardized Testing

3/16/20 - Executive Order N-28-20: Residential and commercial evictions related to COVID-19

3/13/20 - Executive Order N-26-20: Provisions for the closing of Local Educational Agencies (LEA's)

3/12/20 - Executive Order N-25-20: Slowing the spread of COVID-19 through governmental orders & guidance