Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & FAQ

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & FAQ

In compliance with the County of San Diego Public Health Order (3/29) and the City of San Diego Executive Order (3/30), the San Diego Convention Center is not currently hosting events. We will continue to consult with local and state health officials to determine appropriate next steps for events scheduled for late Spring. See confirmed event postponements and cancellations.

Temporary Shelter

As part of regional efforts to expand shelter options for our neighbors experiencing homelessness and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the San Diego Convention Center will serve as a temporary shelter. Learn more about the shelter and how to get assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

SDCC and its tourism partners are maintaining communication with local health agencies to ensure best practices are in place. Precautionary measures include increasing training for staff working in the facility, adjusting operations to encourage social distancing, increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched objects (e.g., door handles, elevator buttons) and placing prominent hand sanitizer stations throughout the building. SDCC has also posted Stay Healthy signage to remind attendees of everyday hygiene precautions. See our blog post for details about initial precautionary measures.
Yes, several events in Spring 2020 have been canceled or postponed. Communications regarding any canceled or postponed events are initiated by event organizers. We are maintaining a list of confirmed event changes on our website.
Yes. SDCC employees, including part-time staff, have access to paid time off.
We encourage our employees to follow the CDC’s recommendations to keep themselves, colleagues and visitors healthy. All SDCC employees, including part-time staff, have access to paid time off. We instruct our employees to stay home when they feel ill, and to inform our Human Resources team immediately if they are aware of any possible exposure to COVID-19. Our HR team provides guidance on appropriate steps, including quarantining and self-monitoring. If notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the San Diego Convention Center, we will follow guidance from the CDC and our local public health officials regarding notification, cleaning, disinfecting and associated actions.
On February 14, the County declared a local health emergency and proclaimed a local emergency to deal with the novel coronavirus. The local health emergency will last for 30 days, the local emergency for 60 days. The Board of Supervisors will consider extensions at each time interval.

These actions empower the County to:

  • more effectively respond to COVID-19
  • seek and utilize mutual aid
  • potentially obtain reimbursement
  • ensure health professionals have all necessary tools available


According to the CDC, symptoms can include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general feeling of being unwell.
Human coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
  • Close contact (within 6 feet/2 meters);
  • Respiratory droplets from a person coughing or sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; and
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.
Actions that can prevent the spread of more common respiratory infections, like the flu, are also effective at preventing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. These actions include:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze, with a tissue if possible, then throw the tissue in the trash; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces often.
If you have had close contact (within 6 feet/2 meters) with someone who is confirmed to have, or is being evaluated for COVID-19, you should:
  • Monitor your health starting from the day you first had close contact with the person and continue for 14 days after you last had close contact with the person.
  • Watch for these signs and symptoms: Fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher – take your temperature twice a day; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; coughing; other early symptoms to watch for are chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting and runny nose.
  • If you develop fever or any of these symptoms, call your healthcare provider right away and let them know about your recent travel or exposure and symptoms.
Relevant updates will be posted to our website: In addition, SDCC will communicate with event organizers, partners and other key contacts to relay updates.

Sources: California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, County of San Diego Public Health Services, First Aid Services of San Diego, San Diego International Airport, the U.S. Travel Association and the World Health Organization.

Official Corporate Partners of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation: