Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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The City of El Cajon is closely monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) with San Diego County public health experts. The County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency is working with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor and respond to suspected cases in the San Diego County region. 

City of El Cajon staff are participating in regular briefings with public health officials and public safety agencies. At this time, residents are encouraged to stay informed and learn what you can do to protect your health, and prevent the spread of the virus. For information visit or call 2-1-1.

Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Learn more on the CDC website.

 For answers to our frequently asked questions, visit: COVID-19 FAQs.

Status of City Services

Floors 2-6 of City Hall are currently closed to the public. Those wishing to conduct City business are encouraged to contact the desired department directly to schedule an appointment to meet on the first floor.

Did you know that you can find many El Cajon services online? Apply for permits, pay your sewer bill, stay active with our FREE online REC classes, view City Council Meetings, and much more! View our online services page for more.

New Information

July 14, 2020

The City Council approved a Business Grant Program for businesses located in El Cajon. For more information and to fill out the application, click HERE.

July 13, 2020

Effective Tuesday (7/14) night at midnight, statewide, the following sectors must close all indoor operations:

  • Restaurants,
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Zoos and Museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Bars mus close ALL operations

Because the County of San Diego is on the State's watch list, the following must also close indoor operations:

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Offices for non-critical sectors
  • Personal care services
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

July 7, 2020

To help local restaurants adjust to changing indoor dining restrictions from the County Health Department, the City has created new outdoor seating provisions to make it easier for restaurants to expand outdoor dining. For more information, click here.

July 6, 2020

New restrictions were announced today by the County of San Diego. Beginning at midnight tonight, all indoor activities are closed for three weeks. This includes restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, card rooms, theaters, zoos (outdoor activities still allowed), and family entertainment centers. Restaurants with outdoor dining must still close at 10 p.m., provided guests leave by 11 p.m. Bars that do not serve food must close. Outdoor dining, Drive-thru, and delivery are still allowed. 

June 30, 2020

Because of the continued surge in cases in San Diego County, officials are pausing on any further openings. Effective July 1, San Diego County is closing all bars, wineries and breweries who do not have a food license. Also, as of June 30, all restaurants and bars must close their dining areas at 10 p.m., however, take-out is still available after 10 p.m. All businesses must comply with face coverings and social distancing requirements. No gatherings with those outside of your household are allowed including at private residences. Please do your part to help stop the spread.

June 29, 2020

Due to rising positive test results in COVID-19 cases, the County of San Diego has ordered Bars that don't primarily serve food to close effective Wednesday, July 1. Further, no additional business sector re-openings will take place in July. 

See the County's website for more details and for Safe Reopening Plans.


June 11, 2020

The County of San Diego will allow indoor movie theaters to open Friday, June 12.  Theaters can open under the following modifications:

  • Limited to 25% capacity or maximum 100 guests
  • Facial covering when not eating or drinking
  • Screened for symptoms as they enter

Other Facilities/Activities that can open Friday include:
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Restaurants, bars and wineries
  • Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
  • Hotels, for tourism and individual travel
  • Card rooms, satellite wagering and racetracks
  • Family entertainment, including bowling alleys and arcades
  • Community pools including those in condominiums

See previous updates here

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