COVID-19 Updates (Updated May 22, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.)

Stay at Home Orders - State & County

In Stockton, we are required to follow both the State and County Stay at Home Orders, which have been in place since March 19, 2020.  These orders have been modified and updated based on the State of California Resilience Roadmap, which allows gradual reopening in stages:

  • Stage 1 - Safety & Preparedness

    • Make workplaces safe for our essential workers
  • Stage 2 - Lower-risk workplaces

    • Beginning by gradually reopening retail (curbside only), childcare, manufacturing & logistics
    • Dine-in restaurants; shopping malls, destination shopping centers, strip & outlet malls, and swap meets in counties approved by filing a Variance Attestation
  • Stage 3 - Higher-risk workplaces

    • Adapt & reopen movie theaters, religious services & more personal and hospitality services.
  • Stage 4 - End of Stay at Home Order

    • Reopen areas of highest risk, for example, concerts, conventions, sports arenas.

San Joaquin County is in Stage 2  Red left arrow We are here.

With modifications made following State of California Guidance and completing the associated Checklist, the following may be open in San Joaquin County: 

  • Retail stores, including those at malls, strip malls and shopping outlets - curbside or delivery only;
  • Manufacturing and logistics operations that support these retail operations;
  • Childcare for those outside essential workforce;
  • Office-based businesses (where telework is not possible); 
  • Limited business, such as car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities and landscape gardening, outdoor museums and open gallery spaces;
  • Offices at places of worship for employees and religious counselling (with gathering restrictions); 
  • Curbside libraries (must follow retail guidelines); and
  • Drive-in movie theaters (must follow retail guidelines).
  • Dine-in restaurantsRed left arrow Effective May 22, 2020
  • Shopping malls; destination shopping centers; strip & outlet malls; swap meets Red left arrow Effective May 22, 2020


Before Reopening Requirements Red Arrow Left 

Requirements for cleaning and physical distancing are applicable to all operations. State guidance for  industries is available at, along with checklists that can be posted to ensure customers and employees that actions have been taken to reduce risk, and to indicate that the business is open.  Links to State Guidance and Checklists are available below.  


Before reopening, each business and all facilities should:

  1. Review the guidance above for your workplace;
  2. Prepare a plan based on the guidance;
  3. Put the plan into action; and
  4. Post an industry-specific checklist to show customers and employees the actions taken to reduce the risk, including, but not limited to:
    • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan.
    • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have symptoms.
    • Implement individual control measures and screenings.
    • Implement disinfecting protocols.
    • Implement physical distancing guidance.


Closed Businesses - Not Approved for Opening

The following businesses cannot open, yet:

  • Personal services, such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms, lounges and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, arcade venues pro sports, indoor museums and gallery spaces, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, public pools, playgrounds and picnic areas
  • Religious services (except for drive-in like services) and cultural ceremonies
  • Festivals/Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism


San Joaquin County Stay at Home Order

The San Joaquin County April 24, 2020, Stay at Home Order was repealed and replaced on Friday, May 8, 2020, allowing certain outdoor recreational activities and, consistent with the State of California reopening plan under Stage 2. 



Outdoor Activities - Effective May 8, 2020

San Joaquin County has also authorized reopening certain outdoor recreational activities: boat ramps; disc golf (no using nets); fishing; gun ranges; hunting clubs/archery; marinas; and parks.

  • City boat ramps at Buckley Cove, Louis Park and Morelli Park will reopen. 
  • City parks are only available for passive use.  
    • Social distancing required, from those who are not members of your household.
    • No organized activities.
    • Playing fields, courts, surfaces (e.g., picnic tables, playground equipment, other surfaces, etc.) and restrooms cannot be used, as these facilities and amenities cannot be cleaned to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


San Joaquin County COVID-19 Data

The number of cases of COVID-19 is reported by San Joaquin County Public Health Services. County-wide information is updated daily. Data is available using the Dashboard available on the San Joaquin County Public Health website:


COVID-19 Testing

If you need a COVID-19 test, tests are being offered by a number of healthcare providers throughout San Joaquin County.  

There are two free testing sites available in San Joaquin County: One is located in French Camp, near San Joaquin General Hospital, and the second is located in Lodi, at the Lodi Public Library. Both sites require an appointment.  Please use links below.


Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program (Verily) - French Camp

The State of California Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program, developed by Verily, is provided in French Camp, near San Joaquin General Hospital, just off of Interstate 5. Please use the following link to request an appointment:


OptumServe Testing - Lodi

This is one of 80 testing sites provided through a partnership with OptumServe, the federal government health services business of Optum, a leading health services innovation company.  

  • Appointments made online at or by calling (888) 634-1123.
  • Fees will be covered by insurance or the State of California.


COVID Questions for the City of Stockton


External Links

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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 5/22/2020