COVID-19 Updates (Updated August 3, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.)

Stay at Home Orders Updated

Governor Newsom ordered additional modifications and closures effective July 13, 2020, unless these business sectors or activities can be modified for outside or pick-up only. San Joaquin County has updated its order consistent with the State requirements.


Newly Modified Order - July 13, 2020

  • Gyms & Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, including nail salons, body waxing, and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops 
  • Indoor Malls

Indoor Operations Closures 

Due to a significant increase in COVID-19 community spread, the California Department of Public Health is requiring certain business sectors in counties that have been on a State Monitoring List - including San Joaquin County - to close indoor operations - may modify to provide outdoor or pick-up service:

  • Dine-In Restaurants - may provide outdoor or pick-up only - Effective July 1, 2020
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms - outdoor only - Effective July 1, 2020
  • Card Rooms - outdoor only - Effective July 1, 2020
  • Fitness Centers & Gyms - outdoor only  Effective July 13, 2020
  • Places of Worship - outdoor only - Effective July 13, 2020
  • Protests - outdoor only - Effective July 13, 2020
  • Offices for non-essential sectors - Effective July 13, 2020
  • Personal care services, such as nail salons, body waxing, and tattoo parlors - Effective July 13, 2020
  • Hair salons and barbershops - Effective July 13, 2020
  • Shopping Malls - outdoor or pick-up only - Effective July 13, 2020
  • Bars, breweries, brewpubs, and pubs - outdoor service only when served with a meal - Effective July 16, 2020
    • Must be accompanied by an actual meal that would be served as "sit-down dine-in"
    • Snacks, appetizers, side dishes, reheated or frozen entrees, and desserts are not considered a meal

Guidance for industry and business sector operations is available on the State of California website.


The State of California offers an employer handbook for safe reopeningRed left arrow New - July 24, 2020


Stages of Reopening


Face Coverings - Effective June 18, 2020

Effective June 18, 2020, the California Department of Public Health Service issued Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, mandating the use of face coverings in California in public or common spaces.


To slow the spread of the virus, everyone must:

  • Wear a face covering;
  • Physically distance - at least 6 feet from others who are not members of your household; and
  • Wash your hands.


Stay at Home Orders - State & County

In Stockton, we are required to follow both the State and County Stay at Home Orders, which have been in place since March 19, 2020.  These orders have been modified and updated based on the State of California Resilience Roadmap, which allows gradual reopening in stages and has ordered modifications and closures in July:

  • Stage 1 - Safety & Preparedness

    • Make workplaces safe for our essential workers
  • Stage 2 - Lower-risk workplaces

    • Gradually opening some lower-risk workplaces with adaptations at a pace designed to protect public health and safety.
  • Stage 3 - Higher-risk workplaces

    • Requires State Guidance, then approval by San Joaquin County Public Health Officer.
    • See the list of openings approved in San Joaquin County below.
  • Stage 4 - End of Stay at Home Order

    • Reopen areas of highest risk, for example, concerts, conventions, sports arenas.

San Joaquin County Stage 3 Openings

With modifications made following State of California Guidance, the following may be open in San Joaquin County:


Effective June 19, 2020 - Updated July 13, 2020 - Updated July 16, 2020 - Updated July 29, 2020


Effective June 12, 2020


Approved Outdoor Activities

San Joaquin County has also authorized reopening certain outdoor recreational activities: boat ramps; disc golf (no using nets); fishing; gun ranges; hunting clubs/archery; marinas; and parks.

  • City boat ramps at Buckley Cove, Louis Park and Morelli Park will reopen. 
  • City parks are only available for passive use.  
    • Social distancing required, from those who are not members of your household.
    • No organized activities.
    • Playing fields, courts, surfaces (e.g., picnic tables, playground equipment, other surfaces, etc.) , dog parks and restrooms cannot be used, as these facilities and amenities cannot be cleaned to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Closed Businesses - Not Approved for Opening

  • Family entertainment centers
  • Movie theaters
  • Film TV and movie production
  • Pro-sports with or without spectators
  • Youth Sports
  • Zoos & Museums


Before Reopening Requirements 

San Joaquin County has received approval from the State to proceed with reopening under the direction of the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer. The State issues guidance; following the release of State Guidance, the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer will approve reopening and implementation.

Requirements for cleaning and physical distancing are applicable to all operations. State guidance for industries is available at, along with some checklists that can be posted to ensure customers and employees that actions have been taken to reduce risk and to indicate that the business is open.  Links to State Guidance and Checklists are available below.  


Before reopening, each business and all facilities should:

  1. Review the guidance above for your workplace;
  2. Prepare a plan based on the guidance;
  3. Put the plan into action; and
  4. Post an industry-specific checklist to show customers and employees the actions taken to reduce the risk, including, but not limited to:
    • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
    • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have symptoms.
    • Implement individual control measures and screenings.
    • Implement disinfecting protocols.
    • Implement physical distancing guidance.


COVID Questions for the City of Stockton


External Links

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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 8/3/2020