COVID-19 Resources for North County


The Coast News Group is dedicating this page to keep our community updated with current information, resources and articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic in North County. Please bookmark this page and check for daily updates.


COVID-19 Information

Stay informed about COVID-19 (coronavirus) with updates and guidelines from federal, state and local health agencies:

Local Government

Local governments across North County have each responded to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) health crisis. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed executive orders extending the tax deadline by 60 days for individuals and businesses, and placing a statewide moratorium on evictions. Check these links for the latest information on state, county and city closures, meetings and advisories:

Food & Restaurants

While countless cities in North County have closed their businesses due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many restaurants are offering takeout, delivery and drive-thru services for food and beverages. See below for restaurants open in your area:


Public transportation schedules have been modified throughout San Diego County and subject to change based on ridership and public health conditions. Check out these links to keep up with the latest:

  • Amtrak Pacific Surfliner — Pacific Surfliner trains are now following a temporarily reduced schedule. This is a dynamic situation, so other changes to the schedule can be made if, for example, there are not enough crew members available or if public health conditions change in the area. Click here to view the new timetable
  • MTS — MTS plans to continue regular service through March 31. With fewer riders on board, maintaining regular service at this time will enable passengers to better practice social distancing while riding and at stations.
  • North County Transit District — North County Transit District is experiencing significant declines in ridership and has determined that temporary service reductions will be implemented for COASTER commuter trains. The following temporary service reductions will be in effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.
  • Innovate78 — The Innovate78 cities (Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos, Oceanside & Vista) have put together information to help you respond to transportation issues for business and employees. Any new or additional information will be posted on the Innovate78 website here, so check back frequently.

Community Services

  • 2-1-1 San Diego — A 24-hour confidential phone service and searchable online database for public resources, including school meal distribution sites, home-delivered meal services, grocery stores open early for senior citizens, utilies, housing and shelter information, healthcare, and much more.
  • Food Banks — If you need food for you or your family in San Diego County, there are dozens of charity operated pantries providing free food. Find a complete listing of free food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and distribution centers, and information on food stamps/CalFresh, including where to apply.
  • Del Mar Community Connections — Del Mar Community Connections is a volunteer-driven organization providing programs and services that help our maturing residents. The group is currently accepting donations for toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies. Seniors can make requests for supplies they might need, and volunteers can help deliver the supplies or help with other services by filling out this form. Volunteers can register here.
  • North County Lifeline — North County Lifeline is a community-based human services organization that serves low-income and underserved populations in San Diego County. Every year Lifeline serves more than 5,000 members of our community through clinically-strong and evidence-based programs that focus on positive youth development, child abuse prevention and domestic violence intervention, housing and self-sufficiency, behavioral health, and human trafficking victim and survivor services. They are currently accepting donations to continue services.
  • Operation HOPE — The Vista-based nonprofit provides a safe and supportive environment for families with children and single women who are experiencing homelessness as they rebuild their lives. They are currently accepting donations to continue services.

Business & Employment Services

  • U.S. Small Business Association — The SBA work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • Department of Labor FAQ – Paid leave provisions are effective April 1, 2020 (not April 2 as anticipated). Includes some clarification and confirmation, including for example the applicability of the “fewer than 500” rule (pulling from the FMLA integrated enterprise test, and FLSA joint employer analysis).
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership — For those currently impacted by the pandemic and looking for help, the latest information for workers and employers is available on the website now. Employers can also call (619) 228-2982 for assistance within one business day. Also view the latest employment statistics here.
  • California Alcohol Beverage Control — The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has suspended enforcement of specific legal prohibitions to assist California’s alcoholic beverage industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department issues a Notice of Regulatory Relief on March 19 to help licensees with economic challenges brought on by  the spread of the virus.
  • Fisher Phillips – There have been a number of new ‘shut-down’ or ‘shelter-in-place’ orders that have recently gone into effect around the country. Fisher Phillips is constantly monitoring and updating information to help businesses or organizations deal with the implications of the coronavirus so they can prepare and respond quickly. Federal and state legal information regarding business operations, non-essential businesses and more can be found here and here.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — The EEOC just weighed in on the impact that the COVID-19 coronavirus is having on American workforces and issued a press release today titled “What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19.” The publication takes a Q&A format and tackles some common areas of concern for employers.
  • Internal Revenue Service — The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus here. Check the website for information on the recently passed federal stimulus package.
  • San Diego Tourism Authority – The SDTA is offering resources and opportunities to collaborate, including an email list for weekly updates to members; Research page which as the SDTA’s latest visitor industry stats, including hotel occupancy numbers, and the paywall has been removed during the crisis. Business listings of organizations posting lists of open businesses still offering services, please send your link here.
  • PettitKohn – They have released a number of resources for employment and employers. Read their latest COVID-19 Newsletter.  Read about President Trump’s extended paid sick leave legislation.
  • Procopio – Hosting several free webinars regarding employers, business insurance, and important questions. Register for upcoming webinars and watch previous webinars here! They also have a resource page with regularly updated information here.
  • Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce — The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce has setup a comprehensive webpage with a growing list of services and support for small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. They also include a list of free or discounted business services and digital networking opportunities here.
  • San Marcos Chamber of Commerce: San Marcos approved the COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program on March 24.  The program will set aside up to $3,000,000 of General Fund reserves for a short term business loan program. Learn more about the San Marcos Business Sustainability Program here. Also, join San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones for “Better Together San Marcos” Virtual Community Lunch.
  • Escondido Chamber of Commerce — The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is working remotely to continue helping area businesses. “Hats off to Escondido” virtual mixer will be held at 5 p.m. on April 9 via Zoom.
  • Encinitas Small Business Support Fund —In partnership with the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Foundation and the Harbaugh Foundation, the Leucadia 101, Encinitas 101 and Cardiff 101 MainStreet Associations are accepting donations to raise $100,000 to create the Encinitas Small Business Support Fund. Business owners would apply to the fund for grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.

Entertainment & Education

While families are staying home and practicing social distancing, they can enjoy entertaining and educational programs at home from a host of different sources:

News Coverage

Newsrooms around North County are following the coronavirus pandemic closely, providing informational articles, local features, and public resources:

School Meals

While county schools are closed because of COVID-19, students can still receive meals. The San Diego County Office of Education released a list of school sites that will be providing meals to students starting Monday and lasting until schools open again. Students age 2 to 18 can get a meal for breakfast and lunch at any of the sites during this period:

Oceanside Unified School District 

Vista Unified School District

Carlsbad Unified School District

Encinitas Union School District

Escondido Union High School District