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Some San Diego Restaurants Will Keep COVID-19 Guidelines

Carlos Reyes, the head chef at Pokéz Mexican Eatery, is pictured working at h...

Photo by Roland Lizarondo

Above: Carlos Reyes, the head chef at Pokéz Mexican Eatery, is pictured working at his restaurant on June 14, 2021.

Tuesday, June 15 is the day many local businesses have been waiting for as California's color-coded tier system comes to a halt.

Customers can say goodbye to capacity limits, social distancing requirements, and those who are fully vaccinated can do away with their facemask.

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While some businesses can't wait to get back to normalcy, others aren't in a rush.

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Carlos Reyes, head Chef at Pokez Mexican Eatery, said they’re taking a slower reopening approach.

“It doesn't change much for us. We are going to continue running operations with dining outside and a little indoor as well,” Reyes said.

He says vaccinated employees can feel free to ditch the facemask.

“We like to let our employees know that if they feel comfortable with the mask that’s cool, if you don't then you don't have to wear it if those are the regulations,” Reyes said.

Although some restaurants in the downtown area have already loosened up restrictions, many still have face mask requirements for customers and some still require temperature checks.

“They took our temperature checks on my wrist,” Krizia Albuquerque said.

Albuquerque, a local San Diegan, said it’s time to lift restrictions.

“That means people can be on their own decisions on how to take care of themselves and others,” Albuquerque said.

Although she believes some restrictions were necessary, Albuquerque isn’t fond of employers asking whether or not employees have been vaccinated.

“It’s a very scary question,” she said.

Some restrictions in California will remain in place. Those who aren't vaccinated are still required to wear a face mask. Masks will still be required on all public transit and at airports.

Video by Roland Lizarondo


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opening quote marksclosing quote marksI am a freelance reporter covering the latest news and issues surrounding the San Diego community. I’m always looking to shed light on issues that would otherwise go unreported.

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