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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.

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San Diego Bay Recreation

In compliance with the County of San Diego’s latest amended public health order, and with public health measures remaining in place to continue to minimize the spread of and exposure to COVID-19, the Port has reopened most public spaces around the bay.

Per the County health order, everyone must continue avoiding gatherings of any size and crowded outdoor spaces, keep six feet away from people who are not members of your household, and have a face covering when leaving home and wear it when you're within six feet of anyone who is not a household member. It's also important to continue washing your hands often, don't touch your face, and clean highly used surfaces often.

For information on how to report a potential violation of the public health orders, go to

The following is what is currently allowed/open and closed/not allowed on and around San Diego Bay:

Recreational boating and fishing:

  • Recreational boating and fishing are allowed under state guidance for outdoor recreation and the local Safe Opening Protocol for Recreational Boating.
  • Jet skiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are allowed (kayakers and paddle boarders may launch from beaches).
  • All boat launches on San Diego Bay are open – Chula Vista, Glorietta Bay, National City, and Shelter Island (launch parking lots are open).
  • Fishing is allowed from Port piers, parks, beaches and shoreline areas where not otherwise prohibited per Port signage.

Parks, beaches, piers and parking lots:

  • Parks are open for limited use. Walking, running, sitting, lying down, and picnicking are allowed. Sports activities are allowed for individuals and members of the same household so long as social distancing is maintained from non-household members.  Playgrounds are open with restrictions per posted signage. All public restrooms on the bayfront are open.
  • Beaches are open for limited use. Walking, running, sitting, lying down, swimming, and launching a kayak or paddle board (single-person paddling) are allowed. Sports activities are allowed for individuals and members of the same household so long as social distancing is maintained from non-household members. Organized activities and sports, such as basketball, baseball, soccer, football, and volleyball are not allowed.
  • Piers – the following piers are open: Shelter Island Pier (San Diego), B Street and Broadway Piers (Embarcadero, San Diego), Embarcadero Marina Park South Pier (San Diego), Cesar Chavez Park Pier (Barrio Logan, San Diego), Pepper Park Pier (National City), Bayside Park Pier (aka J Street Pier, Chula Vista), Imperial Beach Pier, and the Ferry Landing Pier (Coronado) are open. 
  • Parking lots are open. Note: Payment is required at pay stations and meters, and all other parking rules and regulations will be enforced. Time limits are posted in each area on the meters and pay stations and vary by location. The public is encouraged to review information on signs, meters and pay stations for additional information related to parking in all areas on the waterfront.

Businesses on and around San Diego Bay:

For the latest on what types of businesses are allowed to open per County or State directives, and what restrictions are in place for each business type, please go to the County of San Diego’s Safe Reopening webpage. If you’d like to know whether a business is open or not, please contact the business directly.

Tenant Resources for COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Port tenants are experiencing a decline in businesses or have been required to temporarily close. In support of these businesses operating on and around San Diego Bay, the Port is closely monitoring the situation and is working with our tenants to help offset their financial impacts. Click here for the latest COVID-19 tenant resources. Click here for details and the latest COVID-19 Tenant Resources. 

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Tenant Worker Rehire Policy

As part of the Port’s Rent Deferral Program for concession tenants, the Board of Port Commissioners directed Port staff to draft a Board policy requiring Port concession tenants accepting rent deferral to offer to rehire workers that have been laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic when the tenants start increasing staff in the future. Click here to learn more.

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:

  • The Administration Building, located at 3165 Pacific Highway in San Diego, is closed to the public.
  • Members of the public with Port-related requests are encouraged to call or email the Customer Service Center at 619.686.6200 or, 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.


The Port of San Diego is in regular communication and is collaborating with cargo and cruise lines, ship agents, California Office of Emergency Services, 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. 

Cargo operations continue at the Port's Tenth Avenue and National City Marine Terminals. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified all port and transportation operations as essential and marine terminal personnel, including Teamsters and Longshore Workers, have been identified as essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Their work supports and is a critical link in the national supply chain.

While sailings continue to be suspended, Celebrity’s Eclipse and Millennium are anchoring in the waters off San Diego and will occasionally come into San Diego Bay to receive fuel and supplies in port. Most non-essential crew members aboard the vessels have disembarked and returned to their home countries.

The Port appreciates San Diegans’ patience, compassion and understanding as we continue to work with our cruise line partners during this challenging time.

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: