San Diego COVID-19 Travel Updates

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 a very challenging year for us all. Even so, 2021 looks to be a better year. Vaccines are rolling out. Outcomes are improving. Help is on the way.

Still, until a majority of Americans can be inoculated against the virus, it’s important for all of us to do everything we can to stop the spread. To that end, here is an overview of the latest State of California and San Diego County COVID-19 guidelines for locals and travelers alike.  

Safety Tiers and What They Mean

The State of California is working from a “tiered” safety system in order to help categorize risk and communicate action based on case counts. A given region’s tier may change at any time based on a variety of factors, and each categorization carries its own set of guidelines. For more information on how the state is handling tiers, what they mean, and the actions you need to take, please visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Information Page


The state and county are continually reviewing the virus situation in California on a region-by-region basis and assessing what businesses and institutions are permitted to be open. As of January 1, 2021, the following are allowed to operate normally (while observing masking and social distancing guidelines):

  • Outdoor Recreational Facilities (e.g., beaches, parks, playgrounds, camping, boating, golf, tennis, etc.)
  • Retail, Malls, and Shopping Centers (at 20% capacity, no consuming food or drink inside, and special hours for seniors and the immunocompromised)
  • Grocery Stores (at 35% capacity)
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants (take-out or delivery only)
  • Offices (remote only)
  • Places of Worship (outdoor activities only)
  • Entertainment Production


The state of California has mandated the temporary closure of certain types of businesses where safer operation cannot be implemented. Currently, both San Diego County and California at large have compelled the following to remain shuttered until safer conditions can be achieved:

  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services (e.g., nail salons, tattoo, piercing, tanning) 
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters (except drive-in)
  • Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

Protect Yourself

Of course, the single best thing you can do to stay safe is follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and California Department of Public Health. Stay indoors whenever possible, wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, and carry hand sanitizer with you in a purse, bag, or pocket. Avoid touching your face, especially after coming into contact with any publicly accessible surface. Maintain a safe six-foot distance from others outside your immediate family and wear a suitable face covering at all times when in public to protect yourself and others from possible transmission.

Feel free to reach out to us via phone (800-662-8899), email, or at our website if you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming visit. The team and management at Holiday Inn Bayside San Diego wishes you and yours safe and happy travels.