COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

October 22

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!

News Release: Additional La Mesa Rental Assistance Grant Program Applications Open November 2, 8:00 AM through November 4, 6:00 PM

October 7

Secret Stairs are now open. Please follow all social distancing guidelines:


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.


Those with under-lying medical conditions should avoid public spaces when others are present. Stay home if you are feeling sick.


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

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

A new website 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.

August 31

Under the state guidance, the following can operate indoors with modifications starting Aug. 31. In some cases, guidance includes maximum capacity. They can continue outdoor operations.

  • Restaurants, dine-in. 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower. They still need to close at 10 p.m.
  • Places of worship. 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Movie theaters. 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Museums. 25% capacity.
  • Gyms and fitness centers. 10% capacity.
  • Dance studios. 10% capacity.
  • Yoga studios. 10% capacity.
  • Zoos and aquariums. 25% capacity.
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Nail salons
  • Body waxing
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Piercing
  • Skin care and cosmetology

August 6

The secret stairs are temporarily closed due to noncompliance with mask and social distancing regulations. 

July 16

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

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

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

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

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

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:  Please cc the COVID taskforce as well on your email request:

Please view the updated flyer of open and closed areas park areas.

June 12

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.


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 for City camps.

The La Mesa Municipal Pool is scheduled to open on Monday, June 22.

June 4

Secret stairs are now open with face coverings required. Park playgrounds, and school athletic fields remain closed. Park parking lots, courts, Canine Corner dog park, and the skate park are open as long as park goers follow Public Health protocols:

  • Parks are limited to individuals who are able to practice social distancing (6’ distance) before, during and after play, or while wearing face coverings; unless with members of same household
  • No gathering with non-household members in parks
  • Do not enter park if you have a cough or fever
  • Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact

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

The County has authorized the following businesses to open:

May 27

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.

Businesses with questions can email:

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

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: 

Dine-in restaurant reopening plans
In-store retail business opening

May 12

Following direction from the state, these businesses can open after completing a Safe Reopening Plan

May 8

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. 

Businesses with questions can email:, or check out the Business Support flyer from the County for more information. 

Essential businesses already operating do not need to submit a new plan.

April 30

Starting May 1, everyone must wear face coverings anywhere in public they are within 6 feet of another person.

State guidelines on face coverings | CDC instructions on wearing and making face coverings

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.


Businesses must:

  • 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

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

April 3

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City of La Mesa has closed all city park parking lots and active recreation areas such as tennis, pickle ball and basketball courts, and skate and dog parks. Park playgrounds and athletic fields have also been closed. 

March 23

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.

Going Outdoors

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.

Neighborhood Watch

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

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.

The City will be enforcing the Governor’s Executive Order N-28-20 to limit rent evictions. Please see City of La Mesa’s Executive Order 1-2020

The City will provide free 5 minute temporary parking spaces in the downtown village near restaurants that are open for take-out business. 

The City will not be enforcing street sweeping no parking zones until further notice.

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

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 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.

City of La Mesa

COVID-19 Cases:


Rate per 100,000 people: 1348.2

Updated 10/22/20