Order allows worship, workouts in parks
(Aug. 18) As part of a continued effort to help San Diegans move activities outdoors where experts say the spread of COVID-19 is reduced, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today signed an executive order allowing gyms and religious institutions to operate in city parks where physical distancing is made easier.
The mayor’s order eases permitting for fitness studios and houses of worship that wish to safely operate outside in one of the City of San Diego’s nearly 340 parks. The directive, which goes into effect Monday, Aug. 24, defers park permit fees for 60 days. Faulconer will bring an ordinance to City Council that would make the waiving of fees permanent.
Outdoor religious services and outdoor fitness classes and camps are all eligible under the executive order. Businesses must display their San Diego County Safe Reopening Plan, hold insurance naming the City of San Diego as an additional insured, and have a City business tax certificate prior to Aug. 1, 2020. New permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for each park, depending on the local demand and total space available.
The executive order comes as public health experts continue to promote outdoor settings and physical distancing as two key tools to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
For information regarding economic relief, eligibility requirements or how to apply for a permit, visit sandiego.gov/coronavirus.