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COVID-19: The Port of San Diego's Response

Prioritizing the health and well-being of the public, our partners, and Port employees and their families, the Port of San Diego is doing our part to minimize the spread of and exposure to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) while continuing to support our partners and provide public services. See below and check back here for updates and impacts related to the Port's maritime operations, public services, public safety, and more.

    Parks, Beaches, and Boat Launches Are Closed

    Port of San Diego parks, which includes beaches, parking lots, piers, and boat launches, around San Diego Bay are closed. The decision is effective as of March 24, is consistent with the County of San Diego’s amended public health order, and follows similar moves by the State of California and local city governments to further discourage non-essential gatherings of any size. Read more here.

    A message from Randa Coniglio, President & CEO, Port of San Diego on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I tie my vessel up to someone else’s?

    Per state stay-at-home order, non-essential gatherings of any size are not allowed.

    Posted 3/26/2020

    Is kayaking/water skiing/stand up paddle boarding on San Diego Bay permitted?

    Consistent with state orders regarding recreation, outdoor exercise is allowed so long as you can maintain a safe social distance of six feet from people who aren’t part of your household. Per the state stay-at-home order, non-essential gatherings of any size are not allowed. Everyone has the responsibility to “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve” by maintaining a social distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors, and staying home if they are sick. If you cannot maintain social distancing, you need to go elsewhere or return home.

    Posted 3/26/2020

    Any idea or plan for when the parks, beaches, launch ramps and other facilities will reopen?

    This situation is fluid and the Port will continue to follow the lead of local, state and federal health authorities at the San Diego County Health & Human Services, the California Department of Public Health, and the CDC, in implementing protocols for public spaces. We appreciate everyone’s patience and will provide updates as we have them at portofsandiego.org/covid19

    Posted 3/26/2020

    Are the transient boat docks/anchorages open?

    All the transient docks are still open as are the anchorages. They are subject to all the permitting requirements and compliance with all the laws and rules.

    Posted 3/26/2020

    If I have a boat on the water, (at a mooring, marina, etc.) can I go out on it, fish, sail, etc?

    Consistent with state orders regarding recreation, it’s allowed so long as you can maintain a safe social distance of six feet from people who aren’t part of your household. Per the state stay-at-home order, non-essential gatherings of any size are not allowed. Everyone has the responsibility to “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve” by maintaining a social distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors, and staying home if they are sick. If you cannot maintain social distancing, you need to go elsewhere or return home.

    Posted 3/26/2020

    Is parking allowed in metered and non-metered spots that are not in a lot adjacent to a park? (Along the North Embarcadero and up to the “crescent area” north of the Grape Street piers, Shelter Island, America’s Cup Harbor, etc.) 

    Yes, parking is allowed in metered and non-metered spaces that are not in a lot adjacent to a park (if there are signs or barricades, the parking lot is closed). At this time, the Port is not enforcing payment in open metered parking spaces, and is not enforcing 3-hour or 4-hour time limits. All other parking rules and regulations are being enforced, including but not limited to: 72-hour time limits, ADA parking (blue curbs/markings), fire lanes (red curbs/markings), and commercial yellow zones (yellow curbs/markings).

    Posted 3/26/2020

    Where can I park to go to the Saturday Dockside Market?

    The metered parking lot directly adjacent (598 Harbor Lane/Tuna Wharf Way) to the entry point for the Dockside Market (approximately 40 metered, plus ADA spaces) will continue to be open for public parking. At this time, the Port is not enforcing payment in open metered parking spaces, and is not enforcing 3-hour or 4-hour time limits. All other parking rules and regulations are being enforced, including but not limited to: 72-hour time limits, ADA parking (blue curbs/markings), fire lanes (red curbs/markings), and commercial passenger loading zones (white curbs/markings).

    Posted 3/26/2020

    Port Services & Facilities

    The Port is in regular contact with San Diego County Health & Human Services, the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), our member cities - Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego - and other relevant agencies as this growing public health and economic crisis unfolds.

    While the Port remains open for business, we have implemented a number of proactive measures aimed at reducing the spread of and minimizing exposure to COVID-19:

    • Port parks, beaches, parking lots, piers, and boat launches are closed as of March 24. Read more here.
    • The Administration Building, located at 3165 Pacific Highway in San Diego, will close to the public effective at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
    • Members of the public with Port-related requests are encouraged to call or email the Customer Service Center at 619.686.6200 or customerservice@portofsandiego.org, or submit a request via the Port’s Service Portal.
    • In order to help protect the health and safety of the public, employees, and property, and in support of operations, services, and businesses operating on and around San Diego Bay, the Port of San Diego has proclaimed a local emergency due to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Read more here.
    • Port of San Diego Harbor Police dispatch and public safety services remain in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Maritime operations and public services, such as maintenance of parks, promenades, and other public spaces and facilities, continue.

    The Port will continue to follow the lead of San Diego County Health & Human Services, the California Department of Public Health, the CDC, and the World Health Organization (WHO) in implementing protocols for public spaces, businesses, and in messaging to the community.

      Maritime

      The Port of San Diego is in regular communication and is collaborating with cargo and cruise lines, ship agents, San Diego County Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Coast Guard Office of Emergency Management, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA), and the Cruise Line Industry Association (CILA).

      The Coast Guard and CBP, with guidance from the CDC, are responsible for tracking cruise ship and cargo vessel arrival. They have decision-making authority regarding vessel clearance, quarantine and other requirements. Per the Coast Guard, no vessel with sick passengers or crew will be allowed entry into U.S. ports until they have been cleared by competent medical authorities.

      Cargo - Cargo operations continue at the Port's Tenth Avenue and National City Marine Terminals. 

      Cruise - Prioritizing public health, and with extra precautions in place to minimize community spread of and exposure to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the Port of San Diego is working with its cruise line partners to conclude sailings that were underway when the cruise lines suspended operations last week.

      No ship has or will be allowed in San Diego Bay without first being cleared by medical authorities, and no new sailings have begun or will begin out of San Diego Bay until at least mid-April.

      Additionally, the public may see cruise ships lay berthing (to dock without passengers) or anchoring in and around San Diego Bay until at least mid-April. Per the cruise lines, crew members still under contract must remain on the ships. Read more here

      To help minimize the spread of and exposure to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the following precautions have been and remain in place:

      • The Port is thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the B Street cruise terminal before and after each ship.
      • The Port has installed extra handwashing stations in and around the terminal for passenger and public use and has made extra hand sanitizer available.
      • Ship agents and cruise lines are required to notify the Coast Guard immediately if anyone aboard a vessel is exhibiting symptoms of communicable diseases including COVID-19.
      • All inbound vessels must notify the Coast Guard 14 days ahead of their scheduled arrival in San Diego, even if no one on board is exhibiting symptoms.

      COVID-19 Health & Safety Resources

      For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit:

      The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread

      1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
      2. If you feel sick, stay home.  Do not go to work.  Contact your medical provider.
      3. If your children are sick, keep them at home.  Do not send them to school.  Contact your medical provider.
      4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.  Do not go to work.  Do not go to school.  Contact your medical provider.
      5. If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
      6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
      7. Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:
        1. Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
        2. If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.  You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
        3. Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 9 people.
        4. Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
        5. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
        6. Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
      8. Practice good hygiene:
        1. Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
        2. Avoid touching your face.
        3. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
        4. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

      * School operations can accelerate the spread of the coronavirus.  Governors of states with evidence of community transmission should close schools in affected and surrounding areas.  Governors should close schools in communities that are near areas of community transmission, even if those areas are in neighboring states.  In addition, state and local officials should close schools where coronavirus has been identified in the population associated with the school.  States and localities that close schools need to address childcare needs of critical responders, as well as the nutritional needs of children.

      ** Older people are particularly at risk from the coronavirus.  All states should follow Federal guidance and halt social visits to nursing homes and retirement and long-term care facilities.

      *** In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.