COVID-19 Updates (Updated September 15, 2020 - 12 p.m.)

New State Plan for Reopening

On Friday, August 28, 2020, Governor Newsom announced a new plan for reopening. Counties are given a designation related to the risk of activity or business: Purple, Red, Orange, or Yellow. The color determines how businesses can operate in each county. Information, including the types of businesses and activities allowed in each county, is available on the State's website.


Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Each county is assigned its tier every Tuesday. A county must remain in a tier for a minimum of 21 consecutive days before moving to the next tier. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier criteria for 14 consecutive days. The rates of cases and positivity are an average over the previous seven days and both must be met.


Current Tier for San Joaquin County - Purple

San Joaquin County is in the Purple Tier, which indicates "widespread" with seven (7) or more new cases per 100,000 residents daily, or 8% or greater positivity tests. The earliest that San Joaquin County could more into the Red Tier is September 22. Counties can move backward by failing to meet the criteria for two consecutive weeks, or if state officials see a rapid rise in hospitalizations. 


Gatherings - Not Allowed

Gatherings of any size are not permitted. For clarification, the California Department of Public Health issued the following update regarding gatherings, to clarify any confusion that may exist. 

  • Applies to public and private gatherings and other gatherings not covered by existing sector guidance;
  • Gatherings are defined as meetings or other events that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space, or place; and  
  • When people from different households mix, this increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

"To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, gatherings unless otherwise specified are not permitted across the state of California until further guidance is issued by the California Department of Public Health."


Businesses & Activities - Statewide Tiers

The following document provides a summary of activities for all tiers:


Businesses & Activities - San Joaquin County 

San Joaquin County has rescinded prior orders.  The following orders are now in effect:

For specific guidance for businesses and activities, please refer to the State of California website and enter "San Joaquin" in the County search field. 


Indoor Activities

The following are approved for indoor operations with modifications:

  • Critical infrastructure
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • All retail (25% maximum capacity)
  • Grocery Stores (50% maximum capacity)
  • Shopping Centers (malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas at a maximum 25% capacity)
  • Professional sports (without live audiences)
Changes for San Joaquin County - Purple Tier 1

The primary changes for San Joaquin County apply to all tiers:

Before Reopening Requirements 

The State issues guidance; following the release of State Guidance, the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer will approve reopening and implementation.


Requirements for cleaning and physical distancing are applicable to all operations. Before reopening, each business and all facilities should:

  1. Review the guidance for your workplace;
  2. Prepare a plan based on the guidance;
  3. Put the plan into action; and
  4. Post an industry-specific checklist to show customers and employees the actions taken to reduce the risk, including, but not limited to:
    • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
    • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have symptoms.
    • Implement individual control measures and screenings.
    • Implement disinfecting protocols.
    • Implement physical distancing guidance.


Outdoor Activities

The following are permitted for outdoor only activities

  • Personal care services (nail salons, body waxing, massage, estheticians)
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums
  • Places of worship
  • Movie theaters
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Restaurants
  • Wineries
  • Family Entertainment Centers (bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades)
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering
  • Bars, pubs, brewpubs, and breweries may operate outdoors, only if they offer sit-down, outdoor meals
  • City boat ramps at Buckley Cove, Louis Park, and Morelli Park will reopen. 
  • City parks are only available for passive use.  
    • Social distancing required, from those who are not members of your household.
    • No organized activities.
    • Playing fields, courts, surfaces (e.g., picnic tables, playground equipment, other surfaces, etc.) , dog parks and restrooms cannot be used, as these facilities and amenities cannot be cleaned to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Controlling the Spread of COVID-19

To slow the spread of the virus, everyone must:

  • Wear a face covering when in public;
  • Wash your hands regularly - with soap and water;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes (into elbow, not hands);
  • Physically distancing, of at least 6 feet, from those who are not members of your household; and
  • Limiting mixing with people outside of your household.


COVID Questions for the City of Stockton


External Links

State of California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services -

San Joaquin County Public Health

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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 9/16/2020