Updated April 9, 2020 @ 12:36pm
New Information Added
Stay Home Mandate
Governor Newsom released a Stay Home directive effective at midnight on 3/19/2020. For more details on the restrictions and guidelines, click here.
Face Covering Directive
The County of San Diego strongly encourages the public to stay home. If you have to leave your home for an essential purpose, the County of San Diego strongly encourages you wear a face covering. Also, wash your hands for a minimum of 20+ seconds before putting on or taking off your face covering
County of San Diego residents can now receive information about the novel coronavirus via text thanks to the County COVID-19 public information text message alert system.
The system allows County health officials to send real-time information about COVID-19 in the region. To sign up to receive the messages, text COSD COVID19 to 468-311.
Latest Federal, State, County & City Directive and Cases
Know the Symptoms
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported symptoms ranging from mild to severe respiratory illness. COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure. Symptoms generally include:
- Dry Cough
- Shortness of Breath and/or Difficulty Breathing
The State of California has been working with Verily Life Sciences to create an online pre-test screening to help determine if you should visit an official testing facility. The online pre-test screening is now live and can be taken here.
Additional information will be provided by the online portal once your screening is complete or you can call 2-1-1.
To limit the spread of infection, public health organizations recommend:
- Avoiding Large Groups
- Washing Hands Thoroughly (20+ Seconds Minimum) and Often
- Covering Mouth with Arm or Nook of Elbow when Coughing or Sneezing
- Abstaining from Touching of the Face
- Keeping a “Physical Distance” of Six Feet or More.
- If you feel sick, stay home.
- Wear a Face Covering When Out for Essential Tasks (Grocery Store, Pharmacy, etc.)
Little Italy Is Open
With the various mandates and recommendations on physical distancing, several Little Italy businesses have temporarily closed their doors to abide by the new directives restricting onsite dining. Several of our restaurants and businesses are still open at this time with altered hours and options for pick-up or delivery only.
Little Italy Piazzas and Quasi-Public Spaces
Based on the Mayor's directive, effective immediately all City-run parks, beaches and beach parking lots are closed until further notice. To follow the City's directive, the Little Italy Association is taking action to minimize the opportunities for public gathering by removing all seating options from our Piazzas and open-areas and we will also be closing the Little Italy Dog Park until further notice.
Due to the growing restrictions and mandates from Federal, State, County and City in regards to COVID-19, the Little Italy Association has postponed all non-essential events and entertainment until further notice. Some major events have been postponed and some have already been rescheduled. Current major event changes below (As of 3/17/2020):
Little Italy Mercato will be open on 4/11/2020 in a smaller format with just certified farmers and will operate under strict City guidelines, maintaining minimum 6 foot physical distancing in queues and within the market, with at least 15 feet between farm stands. Entry to the market will be restricted with a maximum of 50 people allowed in the State Street block and 30 people on the Piazza. We must limit entry, only 1 person per household will be admitted, and we ask that shoppers grocery shop efficiently and then leave the market so the next shopper can enter. No pets will be admitted since they affect the square footage we have available to maintain physical distances. We of course will not restrict legitimate service animals.
Little Italy Wednesday Market has been postponed until further notice.
GranFondo San Diego has been postponed and has not rescheduled.
Mission Fed ArtWalk has been rescheduled from April 25th & 26th to June 6th & 7th.
Washington Elementary VanGo! has been postponed and has not rescheduled.
Little Italy Valet
The Little Italy Valet program is temporarily closed due to the latest bar and restaurant directives from the County and City. Valet will resume when the directives have been amended allowing onsite dining for restaurants.
- Need assistance filling-out/filing your SBA Disaster Loan application, set-up a virtual counseling appointment with the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center by click here.
Doctor's Note Policy
All businesses are to suspend the policy/procedure for a doctor’s note from sick employee during this period.
Resources for All
Employment Development Department
California is responding to the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19). While investigations to learn more about the virus are ongoing, workers and employers should review their health and safety procedures to help prevent exposure to the virus.
The EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California. For more information, click here.
County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
All of us are impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the feelings of fear and uncertainty around this developing situation. This guide will provide you with recommendations for self-care that can be used for yourself, your families, friends, and co-workers. Taking care of your mental health will help you to think clearly so you can help yourself and your family. Taking care of your mental health now will help your long-term healing. Click here for more information or call 800 985 5990. Here is an informational flier as well.
City of San Diego
To prevent homelessness, maintain public health, and bring housing and business stability during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of San Diego has enacted an eviction moratorium that provides relief to residential and commercial tenants facing hardship related to COVID-19. The emergency law temporarily halts evictions in the City of San Diego from March 25 - May 31, 2020. Tenants must demonstrate a substantial decrease in income or medical expenses caused by COVID-19 in order to qualify. It will not relieve a tenant of their requirement to pay rent or restrict a landlord from recovering rent at a future time. To review the provisions, click here.
City of San Diego Public Utilities
The City has suspended all water shutoffs as a result of nonpayment and utility bills will not be charged interest fees for late or nonpayment. Customers are encouraged to pay utility bills to the extent possible based on individual circumstances.
San Diego Gas & Electric
With the coronavirus pandemic causing significant impact on the economy and people’s livelihoods, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced today that it will temporarily suspend service disconnections. The disconnection moratorium will remain in place until further notice.
The company is urging customers who are struggling to pay their utility bill due to financial hardships stemming from the coronavirus to call its Customer Contact Center at 1-800-411-7343 to make payment arrangements.
SDG&E will also waive late payment fees for business customers whose finances have been hit hard by the coronavirus. The company does not charge residential customers a late payment fee.
San Diego Foundation
The San Diego Foundation have created a funding resource for folks in need of financial assistance with utilities, rent, and other expenses. For more information on how you can donate and support that fund, click here.
United Way of San Diego County
During our 100-year history, we have always been here for those who need additional support, and the current health crisis of COVID-19 is no different. We are hosting the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative as part of the greater San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, to provide flexible resources to individuals impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours implemented by employers. We plan to support our community in response to crisis situations and emergencies now and in the future. To review guidelines and apply for financial support, click here.
Internal Revenue Service
"Americans can get a three-month reprieve to pay their income taxes for 2019, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday in a press conference.
The IRS will postpone the April 15 tax deadline by 90 days for millions of individuals, a reprieve that would cover many pass-through entities and small businesses, he said." - USA Today, 3/17/2020
For more information and COVID-19 support through the IRS, click here.
Franchise Tax Board
The Franchise Tax Board announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to June 15, 2020, for all tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020.
For more information, click here.