COVID-19 Updates (Updated July 2, 2020 - 2 p.m.)


Reopening requires State Guidance for the business sector or activity and approval by the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer. State Guidance documents do not set the date for reopening in San Joaquin County. Before reopening, please confirm that the business sector or activity has been approved by San Joaquin County.


Indoor Operations Closures Red left arrow Effective July 1, 2020

Due to a significant increase in COVID-19 community spread, the California Department of Public Health is requiring certain business sectors in counties that have been on a State Monitoring List - including San Joaquin County - to close indoor operations, effective immediately:

  • Dine-In Restaurants  - outdoor dining and take-out only
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms - outdoor service only
  • Card Rooms - does not include Casinos


The following were not approved for opening in San Joaquin County, but have been ordered to close in other counties:

  • Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
  • Indoor Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Zoos and Museums


Closures Red left arrow Effective July 1, 2020

All brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs have been ordered to close in 19 counties, both indoor and outdoor.  (Note: These were not approved for opening in San Joaquin County.)


UpdatesRed left arrow July 1, 2020

State Guidance for Worship Services, Religious Services, Cultural Ceremonies (funeral services) and Fitness Facilities has been updated, effective July 1, 2020.


Stages of Reopening


Face Coverings - Effective June 18, 2020

Effective June 18, 2020, the California Department of Public Health Service issued Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, mandating the use of face coverings in California in public or common spaces.


Stay at Home Orders - State & County

In Stockton, we are required to follow both the State and County Stay at Home Orders, which have been in place since March 19, 2020.  These orders have been modified and updated based on the State of California Resilience Roadmap, which allows gradual reopening in stages:

  • Stage 3 - Higher-risk workplaces

    • Requires State Guidance, then approval by San Joaquin County Public Health Officer.
    • See list of openings approved in San Joaquin County below.
  • Stage 4 - End of Stay at Home Order

    • Reopen areas of highest risk, for example, concerts, conventions, sports arenas.

San Joaquin County Stage 3 Openings

With modifications made following State of California Guidance, the following may be open in San Joaquin County:


Effective June 19, 2020 

  • Wineries - Limited to outdoor services Red left arrow Effective July 1, 2020
    • Bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs are closed for both indoor and outdoor service.
  • Personal Care Services 
    • nail salons, esthetician, skincare, cosmetology services;
    • body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops; and
    • massage therapy (in a non-medical setting)


Effective June 17, 2020

  • Fitness Facilities/GymsRed left arrowUpdated July 1, 2020
  • Interim Guidance for Athletic Conditioning & Drills - Schools and non-schools Effective June 18, 2020
    • CDPH has indicated that guidance for youth sports to resume is under development. That guidance, once issued, will replace this interim training guidance. Until then, the State is only allowing drills and conditioning—no scrimmaging or competitive play is permitted.


Effective June 12, 2020


Before Reopening Requirements Red Arrow Left 

San Joaquin County has received approval from the State to proceed with reopening under the direction of the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer. 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. State guidance for  industries is available at, along with some checklists that can be posted to ensure customers and employees that actions have been taken to reduce risk, and to indicate that the business is open.  Links to State Guidance and Checklists are available below.  


Before reopening, each business and all facilities should:

  1. Review the guidance above 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.


Closed Businesses - Not Approved for Opening

The following businesses cannot open, yet:

  • Hospitality services, such as bars, lounges and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, arcade venues, pro sports, indoor museums and gallery spaces, zoos and libraries (except curbside)
  • Community centers, dog parks, playgrounds and picnic areas
  • Festivals/Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Theme parks
  • Youth Sports


San Joaquin County Stay at Home Order

The San Joaquin County April 24, 2020, Stay at Home Order was repealed and replaced on Friday, May 8, 2020, allowing certain outdoor recreational activities and, consistent with the State of California reopening plan under Stage 2.  On May 26, 2020, San Joaquin County issued an order approving religious services and cultural ceremonies and activities at places of worship. On June 2, 2020, San Joaquin County repealed and replaced its Stay at Home Order and updated the Order on June 12, June 16 and June 18, 2020.



Outdoor Activities

San Joaquin County has also authorized reopening certain outdoor recreational activities: boat ramps; disc golf (no using nets); fishing; gun ranges; hunting clubs/archery; marinas; and parks.

  • 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.


San Joaquin County COVID-19 Data

The number of cases of COVID-19 is reported by San Joaquin County Public Health Services. County-wide information is updated daily. Data is available using the Dashboard available on the San Joaquin County Public Health website:


COVID-19 Testing

If you need a COVID-19 test, tests are being offered by a number of healthcare providers throughout San Joaquin County.  

There are two free testing sites available in San Joaquin County: One is located in French Camp, near San Joaquin General Hospital, and the second is located in Lodi, at the Lodi Public Library. Both sites require an appointment.  Please use links below.


Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program (Verily) - French Camp

The State of California Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program, developed by Verily, is provided in French Camp, near San Joaquin General Hospital, just off of Interstate 5. Please use the following link to request an appointment:


OptumServe Testing - Lodi

This is one of 80 testing sites provided through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company.  

  • Appointments made online at or by calling (888) 634-1123.
  • Fees will be covered by insurance or the State of California.


COVID Questions for the City of Stockton


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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 7/2/2020