SAN DIEGO — After being closed for several weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic some merchants were allowed to reopen Saturday with restrictions while following safety guidelines.
News 8 stopped in Old Town, which is a popular place for Mother’s Day weekend shopping and with great weather and beach access now, we also made a stop on Garnet in Pacific Beach, where some small businesses reopened.
It’s been a challenging few weeks for small businesses, for nearly two months businesses have been closed. California is moving into the initial stages of Phase 2. Governor Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan is to allow local businesses to open its doors, allowing them to get on their feet. You’ll see bookstores, florists, small retail and sporting goods offering curbside and delivery only.
In Old Town, it's the opposite of what you would see usually on Mother’s Day weekend. It was slow and quite. While restaurants were open for take-out and delivery, only a few shops reopen.
On Friday, Govern Newsom teased that Phase 3 of reopening of California could be one month away. The plan would include dining in restaurants, nail salons and gyms.
Governor Newsom will have additional guidelines coming up early this week. In the meantime, as we’re gearing up for Phase 2 and 3, it’s important for us to do our part to follow safety guidelines by the Public Health Department.