Letter from Mayor Peter Weiss

May 9, 2020

Today, Councilmember Rodriquez issued a letter that expressed his personal views. That letter reflects the opinion of the author and is not the official position of the City.  

On behalf of the City of Oceanside, I would like to remind businesses that they are subject to the San Diego County Health Officer’s Orders regarding business operations. The County issued a revised Health Order that allows certain businesses to reopen. Under the Health Order, only businesses that meet the definitions of essential businesses and reopened businesses may operate, and they are required to prepare, post and implement the “County of San Diego Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” or “Safe Reopening Plan”. At this stage, the only additional businesses authorized to open are retail (curbside and delivery only), related logistics and manufacturing.

The Oceanside City Council did vote to open all businesses as soon as possible, however the latest County Health Order limits business openings. Neither the City Council, nor individual Councilmembers have the authority to direct any business to violate the County Orders.  The Police Department will ensure that the Oceanside business community is following the Health Order guidelines, and those failing to comply with the Health Order will be subject to appropriate enforcement.

We urge you to refer to the City, County and State web sites for accurate guidance. While we recognize that the COVID emergency has created a hardship for many people and businesses, we must continue to follow the applicable Health Orders and cannot advise businesses to break the law.

Businesses can obtain additional information from the State’s web site at

Thank you for your cooperation.

Peter Weiss