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Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024

EDC Statement on Coronavirus and the San Diego Economy

The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. has posted a statement regarding business response to the COVID-19 issue to its website. Selected portions are reprinted below:

Like much of the world, we’ve been watching as COVID-19 progresses. For the general population in San Diego, the risk of infection of COVID-19 is currently low. However, we’ve put together this page to provide guidance and support for San Diego businesses affected by the change.

Stay Informed

Text COSD COVID19 to 468-311 to sign up to receive real-time text message alerts about COVID-19 in the region.

Local Impact & Updates

Effective March 17, the County of San Diego issued the following order through March 31:

  • Public gatherings are prohibited, non-essential gatherings are strongly discouraged
  • Bars, brewpubs, nightclubs and other establishments that serve alcohol and not food must close
  • Restaurants are take-out only. No dine-in service
  • All schools, colleges and universities must not hold on campus activities
  • Individuals 65 and older – or those with any chronic conditions – are strongly encouraged to self-isolate

The city and County of San Diego declared public health emergencies

The County of San Diego Department of Health and Human Services is working to closely monitor any suspected cases to protect the public’s health and prevent the disease from spreading. Please refer to the County for the most up-to-date information

The CDC has issued a directive to cancel or postpone all events with more than 50 attendees. Health officials have also suggested that those in high-risk groups (those over age 60 or who have underlying health conditions) should avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

Guidance for Companies

For combating COVID-19 at work, it is strongly suggested that companies institute remote working capabilities!

Tips from the Centers for Disease Control:

In order to prevent further spread of the virus, the CDC is encouraging social distancing – this is the best way to discourage community transmission and ensure individuals are not spreading the disease to vulnerable populations

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees to refrain from non-essential travel

See the EDC website for:

Other resources for local companies

Guidance for Individuals

Guidance for San Diego companies developing COVID-19 diagnostics, vaccines or medicines

Other useful links.


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