Relaxed Business Regulations During COVID-19

The following options are available to Oceanside businesses to enhance business operations while State and County Health Orders related to COVID-19 are in place. Please see San Diego County's webpages for information on the safe reopening of businesses/commercial entities and specific information for restaurants/food and beverage providers.


  • ALCOHOL TO GO: Restaurants that provide alcohol services and possess an Alcohol Beverage Control Department (ABC) license may sell alcohol with to-go orders if allowed by ABC. Please visit the Alcoholic Beverage Control Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates page for additional information.
  • OUTDOOR SEATING ADDED: A streamlined process to allow restaurants to convert sidewalks, plazas, walkways, and certain outdoor areas to provide temporary outdoor seating for customers is now available. The City's Temporary COVID-19 Outdoor Expansion Permit Applications and Guidelines for Retail Businesses and Restaurants  Program can be downloaded below:
    Temporary Outdoor Expansion Guidelines and Procedures
    Temporary Outdoor Expansion Permit Application
  • USE OF PRIVATE PARKING LOTS: Up to 50% of the private required on-site parking spaces may be converted to outdoor dining or retail space, when the lot is immediately adjacent to the parent property.  See the Temporary Outdoor Guidelines and Procedures for additional details.  
  • CURSIDE PICKUP: Certain businesses may provide curbside pickup of products by utilizing public space such as on-street parking spaces, right-of-way, etc., or may utilize private space such as parking spaces, drive aisles, etc. Please visit San Diego County's COVID-19 page for additional information.
  • ADDITIONAL DRIVE-THRU LANES: Fast food restaurants may request temporary additional or extended drive-thru lanes. Please contact the Planning Division for more information.
  • OUTDOOR DISPLAYS: Businesses may request to display products outside of their store on private or public land. Please refer to the Temporary Outdoor Expansion Permit Guidelines and Procedures above or contact the Planning Division for more information.
  • PARKLETS: In the future, restaurants may request that on-street parking be converted to dining space. The City's Parklet Policy is currently under review and staff will present the policy to the City Council in the near future. Please contact the Planning Division for more information.

For more information about these opportunities, please contact the Planning Division at (760) 435-4373 or