COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
May 13, 2021
The County of San Diego has administered at least one dose of vaccine to 75.5% of the population and 55.2% are fully vaccinated.
To continue these efforts the City of La Mesa, the County of San Diego, Helix Charter High School, Champions for Health, and the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego are hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic.
May 22, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Helix High School parking lot
7323 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942
Vaccines are provided free of cost by the County of San Diego and the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego County. Ages 12-18 need to make appointments for the Pfizer vaccine. Ages 18+ appointments recommended, but walks ins welcome based on availability of Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Upon arrival, all persons wishing to be vaccinated will need to fill out a site registration and medical background form. 2nd Dose appointments will be scheduled the day of the clinic based on the vaccine received.
To book an appointment call 619.667.1322 Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM or go online:
April 7, 2021
The County of San Diego will move into the Orange Tier of the state's COVID-19 prevention framework on Wednesday, April 7, further easing restrictions and allowing more indoor activities.
Here are some of the activities now allowed under the Orange Tier:
- Restaurants: Indoor seating increases to 50% capacity or 200 people maximum. The 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is also ending.
- Gyms and Fitness Centers: 25% capacity indoors; indoor pools can open.
- Wineries and Breweries: 25% or 100 people indoors maximum
- Movie Theaters: 50% or 200 people maximum.
- Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: 50% capacity for indoor activities.
- Places of Worship: 50% capacity indoor activities.
- Bars with no food service: Open outdoors with modifications.
- All retail: No capacity limits.
For more information, please visit the County's website.
March 17, 2021
Given that the state has met a mark of vaccinating 2 million people in the communities hardest hit by COVID-19, it has revised its tier system, and San Diego County will move to the Red Tier for activities March 17.
The change in tiers will allow indoor operations to resume, at limited capacity and with modifications, at restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and other establishments.
For more information, please visit the County's news article.
February 25, 2021
The County of San Diego's 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) helps eligible households in qualifying areas who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides payment assistance for renters who need help with rent and utilities.
Applications may be submitted starting March 2, 2021and will remain open through March 16, 2021.
To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, visit: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/sdhcd/community-development/COVID-19-Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program.html
February 2, 2021
The County of San Diego’s fourth COVID-19 Vaccination Super Station opens February 2, 2021 at the Grossmont Center Mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr, Ste 212, in La Mesa.
The Sharp HealthCare Grossmont Center Super Station will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., vaccinating up to 2,000 people a day. Sharp is providing 40 volunteers to staff 10 registration desks and 20 vaccination stations. The walk-thru clinic is located in the former Charlotte Russe store. Reservations are required and can be made at vaccinationsuperstationsd.com.
The Grossmont Center walk-thru will replace and expand the site Sharp HealthCare had been operating on Wakarusa St. Appointments made for that site transfer to the super station at the mall.
The County of San Diego is currently only vaccinating people who live or work in San Diego County and are in the following groups:
- Health care workers and all others in Phase 1A,Tiers 1-3
- Persons aged 65 years old and above in Phase 1B, Tier 1
Doctors, pharmacies, community clinics, and other health care providers are also providing vaccinations to San Diegans in the priority groups.
While vaccines have arrived in the region, supplies remain extremely limited. People are asked to please be patient—as supply increases, providers will be able to perform more vaccinations.
January 25, 2021
The Regional Stay Home Order has been lifted. For more information, please see the San Diego County website: https://www.countynewscenter.com/restrictions-eased-for-restaurants-other-businesses/
December 29, 2020
The Regional Stay Home Order for the Southern California region, including San Diego County, has been extended until further notice. Here is the link to the State order: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#icu-capacity
December 15, 2020
The State of California Department of Health provided updated guidance that provides direction on outdoor and indoor youth and recreational adult sport activities in order to provide a safe environment.
- Competitions (or scrimmages) between two or more teams are not permitted until at least January 25, 2021, and then if approved, as listed on the table provided based on the County’s tier.
- Outdoor physical conditioning, practices and skill training may take place with 6’ distancing and stable cohorts regardless of county tier status (including during regional stay at home orders.) However, the public is strongly encouraged to limit these activities while under a Regional State at Home Order.
- Participants in youth and adult sports should wear face coverings when participating in the activity regardless of indoors or outdoors. Face coverings must be worn when not participating (while on sidelines and coaches).
- Teams must not participate in out of state tournaments during this time.
- For sports played in La Mesa the following is an excerpt of competitions that are permitted by tier, if the State allows, after January 25, 2021:
- Purple Tier: Pickleball singles, tennis, outdoor fitness classes/dance, and outdoor martial arts (no contact)
- Red Tier: Baseball, softball, and pickleball doubles
- Orange Tier: Basketball (outdoor), football, lacrosse, soccer, and indoor dance
- Yellow Tier: Indoor basketball and Indoor martial arts with contact
The full guidance and table is found here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx
December 7, 2020
The Regional Stay Home Order is now in effect in Southern California starting Monday, December 7, for at least 3 weeks.
December 4, 2020
The State has issued a new Regional Stay Home Order which will go into effect in 24 hours after the region falls below the 15% ICU capacity level.
San Diego County has been grouped with all other Counties in the Southern California region. Once the Southern California region’s collective intensive care (ICU) capacity falls below 15%, the new regional stay at home order will go into effect within 48 hours. Our current ICU capacity in the Southern California region is 20.6%.
Here is a link to the State Order: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.
The new order states the following:
The Regional Stay Home Order would be in effect for 3 weeks after the trigger and instructs people to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households. It allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve physical and mental health. In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order because it drops below 15% ICU capacity, the following sectors must close:
- Indoor recreational facilities
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Personal care services
- Movie theaters
- Bars, breweries, and distilleries
The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:
- Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
- Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
- Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
- Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
- Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:
- Critical infrastructure
- Non-urgent medical and dental care
- Child care and pre-K
November 20, 2020
State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19
Non-essential businesses and personal gatherings are prohibited between 10 PM and 5 AM beginning Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM.
In light of the current, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California the California Department of Public Health announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the Tier One (purple tier) which San Diego County is currently in. The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.
November 14, 2020
On Nov. 10, the state moved San Diego County into Tier 1, also known as Purple Tier, the state’s COVID-1 risk level. This means restrictions will go into effect on a variety of businesses and activities. Under the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the following need to close indoor operations starting November 14.
- Places of worship
- Gyms and fitness centers, including yoga studios
- Movie theaters
- Museums, Zoos and aquariums
The restrictions will remain in effect until the County moves back to Tier 2, also known as Red Tier.
October 22, 2020
The La Mesa Rental Assistance Program will be accepting a second round of applications starting November 2 at 8:00 AM through November 4 at 6:00 PM. This is on a first come, first serve basis. Please visit the Home Start website for more information!
October 7, 2020
Secret Stairs are now open. Please follow all social distancing guidelines:
WEAR A MASK
Everyone should wear a mask covering their face at all times while in this public space.
Keep physical distance of 6 feet between individuals from different house-holds and prevent crowding.
Visit at times or days that are less crowded.
KNOW WHEN TO STAY HOME
Those with under-lying medical conditions should avoid public spaces when others are present. Stay home if you are feeling sick.
SHARE OUR SPACE
To avoid crowding and allow everyone to use this space, please limit your time. Do not gather at entrances or near neighbors’ homes. Please no groups or fitness classes.
Please comply to help ensure these stairs can remain open for use. Be respectful of neighbors by keeping noise levels down.
October 1, 2020
Playgrounds are back open. Please follow these steps to help keep our playgrounds safe, open and fun:
- Everyone 2 and older should wear a mask
- Guardians are responsible for ensuring children maintain physical distance of 6’ from individuals of different households
- Capacity levels are posted at each park, please wait until there is enough space before entering playground
- No eating or drinking in playground area
- Wash hands before and after playing
- Plan to visit the park at times that are not as busy
- Stay home if you have underlying medical conditions or are not feeling well
- Limit visit to 30 minutes
September 2, 2020
A new website HousingisKey.com launched on September 2nd to provide guidance and resources for landlords, tenants, and homeowners. This includes an overview of the new eviction framework and protections through toolkits, legal aid resources, and FAQ's.
July 16, 2020
The City of La Mesa has issued Executive Order 4-2020, expanding allowable outdoor business activities in an attempt to assist those businesses that are able and want to move operations outside. For additional information and to apply, please visit the Community Development page.
July 14, 2020
The state has announced additional restrictions on indoor activities in counties on its Monitoring List, including San Diego County. The following places need to close indoor activities as of July 15:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Places of worship (outdoor services OK)
- Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
- Personal care (including nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors)
- Hair salons and barbershops
July 9, 2020
City of La Mesa to allow use of public and private outdoor areas for dining. Please visit the Community Development page for more information and to apply.
July 7, 2020
Because of the recent rise in community spread of COVID-19, the state placed San Diego County on a Monitoring List. After three days on the list, the following businesses need to close unless they can operate outdoors. The closures go into effect in San Diego July 7 and will last at least three weeks.
July 1, 2020
San Diego region bars, wineries and breweries without a license to serve food will need to close starting July 1 to prevent community outbreaks of COVID-19 and the spread of the virus.
For those businesses with a food license, they can only serve food to customers seated at a table and alcohol can only be consumed while those patrons are eating. San Diego restaurants must close nightly at 10 p.m. starting Wednesday, July 1 until further notice.
The County will not consider further reopenings of any additional types of businesses or activities earlier than Aug. 1 to further slow the spread of COVID-19.
June 17, 2020
To support the reopening of the State through Stage 3 of the Resilience Roadmap, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has made Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available to all organizations, public, non-profit, as well as private commercial entities.
Please view the PPE request form that each entity can submit for their PPE needs. Example of the items that can be requested include face shields, face masks, and hand sanitizer.
The PPE request form is to be submitted directly to the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please cc the COVID taskforce as well on your email request: email@example.com.
Please view the updated flyer of open and closed areas park areas.
June 12, 2020
The state has released guidance for the following. San Diego County’s public health officer has approved these to reopen June 12. Businesses and organizations should prepare now.
- Music, film and TV production
- Professional sports without in-person spectators. Office staff uses Office Workplace guidance. Retail operations use the Retail guidance.
Outdoor recreation instruction and day camps that comply with the State COVID-19 Industry Guidance can operate. Day camps, may be conducted in parks and in recreation facilities. A permit is required for City parks and facilities. Visit www.cityoflamesa.us/549/Classes-Camps for City camps.
The La Mesa Municipal Pool is scheduled to open on Monday, June 22.
June 4, 2020
A permit is required for 1:1 instruction by businesses, leagues or non-family members in La Mesa parks and athletic fields. Contact Community Services at 619.667.1300 for information.
June 3, 2020
The County has authorized the following businesses to open:
- In-store retail. (Separate guidance for shopping centers, malls and swap meets)
- Office-based businesses (telework still strongly encouraged)
- Car dealers
- Car washes
- Pet grooming
- Tanning salons
- Landscape gardening
- Outdoor museums, open gallery spaces
- Physical therapy, medical massage
- Therapeutic and peer support groups (virtual meetings encouraged). Follow Limited Services guidance
- Libraries, for pickup only. Check with individual library system for services it offers.
May 27, 2020
The state is allowing the following to open, with limitations. Each location needs to review state guidance and complete the County’s Safe Reopening Plan, print and post it at their entrance.
- Places of worship State guidance for places of worship
Businesses with questions can email: COVID19BusinessQuestions@sdcounty.ca.gov
One-on-one outdoor recreation instruction may occur provided the instructor and the student comply with social distancing and face covering requirements. If equipment is used, it shall not be shared between the instructor and the student and should be appropriately sanitized. A permit is required for 1:1 instruction by businesses or non-family members in La Mesa parks and athletic fields. Contact Community Services at 619.667.1300 for information.
May 21, 2020
The state has approved San Diego County to move farther into Stage 2, allowing in-person customers at restaurants and retail businesses, with modifications. Businesses need to follow guidance, complete and post safe reopening plans. See below:
May 12, 2020
Following direction from the state, these businesses can open after completing a Safe Reopening Plan.
May 8, 2020
The state has released a Resilience Roadmap for modifying the stay-at-home order. It allows certain businesses to reopen, with restrictions, starting May 8.
This will be phased-in, starting first with curbside pickup and delivery only until further notice.
What businesses need to do
Businesses need to complete the County’s Safe Reopening Plan, print and post it at their entrance. Businesses should also review and refer to the state checklist for their specific industry, such as the Retailer guidance and checklist, when completing the County’s Safe Reopening Plan.
Supply chains supporting the above businesses, in manufacturing and logistical sectors, can also reopen. They should refer to their industry’s guidance and checklists when completing their Safe Reopening Plan.
Each business’s plan may need to be updated and reposted when state guidance changes. The County will not require approval for this plan.
Essential businesses already operating do not need to submit a new plan.
April 30, 2020
Starting May 1, everyone must wear face coverings anywhere in public they are within 6 feet of another person.
Face coverings can be made of cloth. Homemade coverings, bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters are all OK. Medical grade masks should be saved for healthcare workers.
When to Wear
In general, you must wear face coverings anywhere you come within six feet of others. That includes:
- Waiting in line to go inside a store.
- Shopping in a store.
- Picking up food at a restaurant.
- Waiting for or riding on public transportation.
- Riding in a taxi or other ride service vehicle.
- Seeking health care.
- Going into facilities allowed to stay open.
- Working an essential job that interacts with the public.
When They’re Not Required
Face coverings are not required:
- At home.
- In the car alone or with members of your household.
- For children under 2 years old, because of the risk of suffocation.
- Swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling or running by yourself or with household members. You should have a face covering ready and wear it if you come within six feet of other people.
- For residents with a health condition that prevents wearing a mask.
- Require their employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to wear a face covering at the workplace and when performing work off-site.
- Inform customers about the need to wear a face covering, including posting signs and advising those in line or in the store.
- Refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering.
Why We’re Doing This
The requirement to wear face coverings is informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as clinical expertise in droplet transmission of communicable disease like COVID-19. You also still need to stay at home as much as possible, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet, and use other public health measures, such as frequent handwashing, sanitizing protocols, and staying home when sick.
April 22, 2020
Automatic pedestrian recall programming was implemented at the following signalized intersections. Pedestrians do not need to press the button to activate the walk phase at these traffic signals between 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Spring St and Lemon Ave
- Spring St and La Mesa Blvd
- Grossmont Center Dr and Center Dr
- Grossmont Center Dr and Health Care Dr
- Grossmont Center Dr and Entrance #3
- University Avenue and La Mesa Blvd
- University Avenue and Parks Ave
March 23, 2020
On March 19th, the Governor of California by executive order has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. See the List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. Critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction are exempt from the order.
What the Orders Mean:
- Everyone needs to stay home except to take care of essential needs or go to an essential job.
- Practice social distancing. Keep at least six feet away from other people unless they’re family. Avoid gatherings of any size.
- Businesses and organizations that provide critical infrastructure are exempted, including health care and public health, public safety, food and agriculture and media. See the full list of exempt sectors.
- Businesses allowed to stay open must also practice social distancing and encourage employees to work from home if possible. They must also suspend requiring employees to provide doctors’ permission to stay home.
- All businesses that are open need to post their social distancing plan. You can use this template.
Schools and Childcare
- All public and private schools, colleges and universities are closed. Parents of minor children must take steps to keep them at home
- Daycares are still open, but only for children of parents working in essential sectors. Babysitters may also come to the house to care for minors of parents working in essential sectors.
You can go for a run, walk, or walk your dog, as long if you keep six feet from people who are not in your household. Avoid any groups.
Park playgrounds and active recreation areas have been temporarily closed because of the difficulty in practicing social distancing while using them.
Now is a great time to activate your Neighborhood Watch. Please check in with your neighbors to see if any are in need of assistance. For more information on Neighborhood Watch call 619.667.7545.
Why are We Doing This?
The goal is to “flatten the curve.” That means to keep people from getting sick all at once. We can slow a virus’s ability to infect people by keeping them apart.
When a new virus like novel coronavirus appears, faster spread means higher demand on the health care system. The increase can overwhelm the health care system and make it harder to take care of all sick people, whether they have COVID-19 or not.
However, if people stay away from each other by staying at home and practicing social-distancing, the virus cannot infect as many people as fast.
Health Care and Helping Sick Relatives
What if I need to visit a health care provider?
If you are feeling sick with fever or cough or other symptoms, please first call your doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center.
If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator the exact symptoms you are experiencing so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely.
What about routine, elective or non-urgent medical appointments?
Non-essential medical care like eye exams, teeth cleaning, and elective procedures must/should be cancelled or rescheduled. If possible, health care visits should be done remotely.
Contact your healthcare provider to see what services they are providing.
Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who need help to care for themselves? Or a friend or family member who has disabilities?
Yes, if you are not feeling sick. Be sure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least six feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue and then washing your hands. If you have early signs of a cold, please stay away from your older loved ones.
Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?
Generally, no. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, the order prohibits non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities except at the end-of-life. Hospital administrators may determine other exceptions in special circumstances. This is difficult, but necessary to protect hospital staff and other patients.
March 17, 2020
The City of La Mesa is taking steps to follow the Governor’s and the County Public Health Officer’s orders to protect public health and safety. Effective March 18, 2020, City Hall and all other City facilities will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice, only providing essential services and by appointment only. Please visit our City Closure Notice for more information.
Reminder - please remember to not flush disinfection wipes, paper towels, or even "flushable" wipes down the toilet. Throw them away instead. View CA Water Boards News Advisory.
March 13, 2020
Please see letter from the Mayor with an update.
View the City of La Mesa Emergency Declaration.
The City of La Mesa is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) with San Diego County public health experts. The County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency is working with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor and respond to suspected cases in the San Diego County region.
City of La Mesa staff are participating in regular briefings with public health officials and public safety agencies. At this time, residents are encouraged to stay informed and learn what you can do to protect your health, and prevent the spread of the virus. For additional information visit coronavirus-sd.com or call 2-1-1.
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Learn more on the CDC website.
The County of San Diego is responsible for enforcing complaints related to the Public Health Order. Residents can file a complaint by contacting the County Safe Reopening Compliance Team at
or via email SafeReopeningComplianceTeam@sdcounty.ca.gov
The County is actively following up on complaints.