What Your Upcoming Stay at Holiday Inn Bayside May Look Like

If you’re like most Americans, you’re more than ready to scratch that long-nagging travel itch. We’ve all been in high-caution mode for so long, we’d be forgiven for feeling more than a little pent up during this seemingly never-ending pandemic. 

Thankfully, relief is on the horizon, with immunizations on the rise and restrictions being lifted. So when you visit us this summer, your experience in San Diego can be everything you dream it can be. In light of that, here’s an update on San Diego travel and what you can expect during your stay with us at Holiday Inn Bayside.

COVID Safety

First things first — while the risk is rapidly diminishing, COVID-19 still remains a serious concern. That said, all indications are that the worst days of the virus may be behind us. Immunization strategies are working. The more Americans that receive the vaccine, the more the chance of contracting or passing on the virus minimizes. And California currently has the lowest per capita case count in the country. Though travel remains an individual choice based on personal risk factors, adventure is growing safer with each passing day. So for many, the time to plan is now.   

Reducing Your Risk

According to current CDC guidelines, basic personal safety measures are still highly recommended. Appropriate face coverings should be worn over the mouth and nose at all times when indoors, as well as within six feet of others outside your immediate party while outdoors. Thorough hand washing (for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water) is the standard after touching public surfaces. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer in a purse or pocket for times when handwashing is not possible. Your risks are greatly minimized when you employ a common-sense level of caution.    

Openings, Closings, and San Diego Travel Restrictions

As of May 1, 2021, San Diego County is in California’s Orange Tier of leveled restriction. This means that risk levels are considered moderate. Most indoor businesses are open and able to operate under certain specific conditions. As per San Diego County’s COVID-19 Information Page, the following is a partial list of businesses that are permitted to operate given that specific conditions are met:

  • Restaurants: Open for outdoor service. Indoors can open at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Live entertainment is allowed.
  • Hotels and lodging: Open. Fitness centers can open at 25% capacity. Indoor pools can open.
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Indoors at 25% capacity. Indoor pools can open. 
  • Places of worship: Indoors at 50% capacity recommended.
  • Hair salons and barbershops: Open
  • Personal care services (includes nail salons, tattoo, piercing): Open.
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums: Indoors at 50% capacity.
  • Movie theaters: Indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Breweries, wineries, and distilleries that serve food: Indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Bars that do not serve food: Outdoors open.
  • Family entertainment centers: Outdoors open. Indoors at 25% capacity or 50% capacity if all guests test negative or show proof of full vaccination with additional restrictions. Includes bowling alleys.
  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Open. Sales of food, drink, and alcohol allowed. Campgrounds can open. 
  • Indoor playgrounds (includes bounce centers, ball pits, laser tag): Open at 25% capacity.
  • Amusement parks: Open at 25% capacity, with additional restrictions.
  • Live events, including sports or entertainment: Open at 33% capacity in assigned seating. 

Reopening Timeline

The office of Governor Gavin Newsom has been very clear regarding the scheduling of restriction projections. Given the current rate of vaccine rollout, the state of California is on track to be fully reopened — restriction-free — by June 15, 2021. If current trends hold, the state means to do away with the color-coded warning system by that date. At a recent press briefing on the subject of California’s pandemic preparedness, Newsom said, “It is time to turn the page on our tier system and begin looking to fully reopen California’s economy. We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic.”

Your San Diego Summer

Due to the planned lifting of restrictions, summer fun is once again on the schedule in San Diego. In addition to the usual appeal of area attractions like Balboa Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and the San Diego Zoo, the summer events calendar is beginning to fill with amazing things to do. The San Diego County Fair — with all of its exhibits, rides, and entertainment — is happening from June 11–July 4. San Diego Comic-Con will be holding a special event from July 23–25 (with another edition to follow in November). The 2021 U.S. Open Golf Tournament will be taking place in La Jolla from June 17–20. And the exciting Del Mar Horse Racing Season begins again on July 16. 

What’s Happening at Holiday Inn Bayside

There’s truly no better place to plan your San Diego stay than with us. Not only have we implemented an incredibly stringent level of cleanliness and sanitization throughout our property, but we’re committed to maintaining it even as risks diminish (you can learn more about the IHG Clean Promise here). Additionally, Holiday Inn Bayside offers a truly unparalleled level of comfort — including high-speed Wi-Fi, a heated outdoor pool, complimentary airport shuttle, a 24-hour fitness center and market, in-room toiletries from Bath & Body Works, and exquisite dining at our on-site Point Loma Café. Of course, our prime location also affords easy access to walking/jogging paths, boutique shopping, attractions, and stunning Pacific Ocean beaches.

Are you ready to embark on adventure again? Be sure to check out our Special Rates & Packages page to select the travel offer that’s right for you. We look forward to welcoming you back to the experience of travel!