San Diego California’s Law and Mediation Office of Julie O. Wolff is Operating and following Strict COVID-19 Guidelines
We are currently open for business and abiding by all California guidelines for social distancing.
The State of California including the City of San Diego is Following (CDC) Center for Disease Control Guidelines for Social distancing.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.
To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your own household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Why do we practice social distancing?
COVID-19 spreads mainly among those who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are contaminated but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 ft away from others when possible, even if you or they do not have any symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
If you are sick with COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is necessary to remain home and from other people, until it is safe to be around others.
COVID-19 can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity, and the type of surface. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth area, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Sociable distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home.
Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone will get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the pass on and protecting themselves, their family, and their community. In addition to practicing everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread in communities.
Tips for Social Distancing from CDC
When going out in public, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. Consider the following tips for practicing interpersonal distancing when you decide to go out.
Know Before You Go: Before going out, understand and follow the guidance from local public health authorities where you live.
Prepare for Transportation: Consider sociable distancing options to travel safely when running errands or commuting to and from work, whether walking, bicycling, wheelchair rolling, or using public transit, rideshares, or taxis. When using public transit, try to keep at least 6 feet from other passengers or transit operators – for example, when you are waiting at a bus station or selecting seats on a bus or train. When working with rideshares or taxis, avoid pooled rides where multiple passengers are picked up, and sit in the back seat in larger vehicles so you can remain at least 6 feet away from the driver. Follow these additional tips to protect yourself while using transportation.
Limit Contact When Running Errands: Only visit stores selling household essentials in person when you absolutely need to, and stay at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household while shopping and in lines. If possible, use the drive-thru, curbside pick-up, or delivery services to limit face-to-face contact with others. Maintain physical distance between yourself and delivery service providers during exchanges and wear a mask.
Choose Safe Social Activities: It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family who don’t live in your home by calling, using video chat, or staying connected through cultural media. If meeting others personally (e.g., at small outdoor gatherings, yard or driveway gathering with a small group of friends or family members), stay at least 6 feet from others who are not from your own household. Follow these actions to stay safe if you will be participating in personal and public activities outside of your home.
Keep Distance in Events and Gatherings: It is safest to avoid crowded places and gatherings where it may be difficult to remain at least 6 feet away from others who aren’t from your household. In case you are in a crowded space, make an effort to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others at all times, and put on a mask. Masks are especially important in times when physical distancing is usually difficult. Pay attention to any physical guides, such as for example tape markings on floors or signs on walls, directing attendees to remain at least 6 feet apart from each other in lines or at additional times. Allow other folks 6 feet of space when you pass by them in both interior and outdoor settings.
Stay Distanced While Being Active: Consider going for a walk, bike ride, or wheelchair roll in your neighborhood or in another safe location where you can maintain at least 6 ft of the distance between yourself and various other pedestrians and cyclists. If you decide to visit a nearby park, trail, or recreational facility, first check for closures or restrictions. If open, consider how many other people might be there and choose a location where it will be possible to maintain at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others who are not really from your household.
Many people have personal circumstances or situations that present challenges with practicing social distancing to avoid the distribution of COVID-19. Please see the following assistance for additional recommendations and considerations:
Households Living in Close Quarters: How to Protect Those Who Are Most Vulnerable
Surviving in Shared Housing
People with Disabilities
People Experiencing Homelessness
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM COVID-19 PLEASE GO TO CDC WEBSITE.