COVID-19 Response

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May 24, 2020


At the City of San Marcos, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are actively taking measures to safeguard public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19. We are working in partnership with local, state and federal government agencies and officials.

Emergency services are fully operational.

Emergency services, including Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department services, are fully operational. 

Residents are asked to adhere to the statewide stay at home order.

Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order on March 19, 2020, to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The order is in place until further notice.

All individuals living in the State of California are ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. You can learn more about the order here.

Safe reopening

On May 20, the state approved San Diego County to move farther into Stage 2 reopening, allowing dine-in restaurants and in-store retail businesses, with modifications. Steps for businesses to follow on listed at

Data regarding confirmed cases is available from the County.  

The County of San Diego is releasing reports of confirmed COVID-19 cases by city of residence. For more the most up-to-date information, visit the County's website here.

Residents can engage with the City online, and via phone, email and the San Marcos City App Monday through Thursday

  • You can contact the City via phone at (760) 744-1050 or the San Marcos City App to engage with the City staff and report non-emergency concerns. The app is the quickest and most direct way for residents to alert City staff to any concerns.
  • Business license requests can be processed via email or mail-in. Learn more here.
  • Parking citations: You can pay parking citations online and by mail. Learn more at
  • Public Works Inspections can be requested through the Public Works Inspection hotline, (760)-744-1050, ext. 3306. Our inspectors are also available through standard phone and email communications. While conducting inspections in the field, the inspectors will implement social distancing measures and minimize contact with the construction crews by coordinating with a single point of contact.
  • For Building Inspections, email You can also learn more and schedule an inspection on our Inspections webpage.
  • For Building Plan Check & Permits, email
  • For Engineering/ Land Development, email
  • Due to changes in business practices in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note that Development Services response turnaround times may be 24-48 hours.

City and recreational facility closures

The following City facilities, parks and amenities are closed until further notice. As the situation changes or persons don’t observe the social distancing requirements, more aspects of our parks may close. Please use caution, maintain social distancing of at least six feet and adhere to all posted restrictions.

  • All public counters
  • All parks and recreation parking lots
  • Basketball courts
  • Community Center
  • Corky Smith Gymnasium
  • Dog parks
  • Double Peak Park
  • Las Posas and Woodland Pools
  • Park restrooms
  • Pickleball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Ridgeline Park
  • Senior Activity Center (SAC). For information about the senior nutrition program, call (760) 744-5535.
  • Skate parks
  • Splashpads
  • Sunset Park
  • Tennis courts

Public gatherings, classes and event cancellations

The following City events and programs are canceled or postponed until further notice:

  • All Parks and Recreation classes, events and enrichment programs through May 31
  • All organized youth and adult sports programs, activities and leagues
  • Park reservations and facility rentals for private events/activities are canceled through May 31. Refunds will be issued for rentals and programs that are canceled. City staff is working through processing the refunds, so please give us some time. If you feel your refund was missed, please email
  • Citizens Academy
  • General Plan Update Visioning Workshops
  • State of Your Community event
  • San Marcos Fire Department station tours

What can I do to prevent getting COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Please follow all the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help protect yourself and others. You can view the latest guidelines and information here.

COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program

To support our local business owners and employees, many of whom live and work right here in San Marcos, the City of San Marcos is launching a COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program that will set aside up to $3,000,000 of the City’s General Fund Reserves for short-term business loans. You can learn more about the program, including how to apply, at

Ways you can support local businesses

  • The City encourages residents to keep local businesses in mind when shopping for goods and services. Click here to see a list of businesses that are currently open for take-out and/or drive-thru orders.
  • Consider purchasing a gift card at your favorite restaurant or store to treat yourself at a later date.
  • We understand the COVID-19 issues are rapidly evolving and this is significantly impacting your businesses. The Innovate78 cities (Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, Oceanside & Vista) have put together information to help you respond to these issues for your business and employees. Any new or additional information will be posted on the Innovate78 website here, so check back frequently. 

Temporary Eviction Moratorium

On March 24, San Marcos City Council took action to protect residential and commercial tenants from the possibility of eviction by reason of financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and approved a temporary moratorium against such evictions. Learn more at

Employment Resources for Job Seekers

We know that many people are losing their jobs during this crisis.
  • You can view a list of COVID-19 crisis employment opportunities on the San Diego North Economic Development Council's website here.
  • We also encourage people looking for jobs to use all the resources that are available and to search "San Marcos, CA" to find businesses in our community that may be hiring.


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