Governor Gavin Newsom released new guidelines for reopening businesses across California last week.

The new guidelines replaced the County Data Monitoring List to better determine the economic aspect of each county. 

Where Is San Diego Right Now?

In the new guideline, four colors indicate the COVID-19 status of a county and reflect how much businesses can open.

The four colors and categories are divided into the following, minimal(yellow), moderate (orange), substantial (red), and widespread (purple). 

This prompted the local government of San Diego to continue reopening some businesses with indoor operations. 

Currently, San Diego County is at substantial level, meaning “some non-essential” businesses indoors cannot operate. 

Businesses with indoor operations that had their businesses closed before can now reopen, said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. 

Restaurants, grocery stores, pet grooming, and physical or medical massage are some businesses with indoor operations that can reopen again. 

However, these businesses are required to record the names and contact details of their guests who visited them. 

According to Fletcher, this will help in tracking people in case of potential outbreaks or exposure in certain business areas. 

Also, these indoor businesses have limits to the number of people who can visit them.

In the case of restaurants, they are only allowed 25% of dine-in costumers, while gyms and fitness centers are limited to a 10% capacity. 

Not Everyone Is Happy About It

Some business owners interviewed by Good Morning San Diego in Little Italy are unhappy with the new guidelines. 

The new regulations were “kind of disheartening,” PJ Busalacchi owner of an Italian restaurant in Little Italy told Good Morning San Diego.

According to him, customers and business owners like him are starting to enjoy the outdoor setup and they “love it.” 

However, the new regulation about going indoors is dispiriting, he said. 

Business operators have to go through a lot of things to “figure out” how to track all their guests coming to their businesses. 

According to Little Italy’s Chief Executive Administrator, Marco Li Mandri, the new regulations seem like an “impediment against businesses” trying to bounce back.

It would be better if the “County Board of Supervisors” will “bounce ideas off of people,” he added. 

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