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COVID-19 community updates

COVID-19 community updates
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SDGLN COVID-19 Updates


UPDATE March 15, 2020

Gov. Newsom calls for closure of all bars and wineries amid coronavirus pandemic

The Hillcrest Business Association respects and appreciates the updated position of the Governor. We encourage Hillcrest's bars and nightclubs to follow his recommendations and close their doors for the time being. We support his guidance that restaurants should implement recommended social isolation practices for their customers by keeping them six feet apart. Restaurants should half their current occupancy to a maximum of 250 people.

UPDATE March 14, 2020

The Hillcrest Business Association has informed SDGLN that a customer that tested positive for the coronavirus frequented several businesses in Hillcrest earlier in the week. We understand that several staff at UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest have also tested positive for the virus. Hillcrest businesses and organizations are taking all responsible steps to address this and minimize transmission in the neighborhood. 

Hillcrest businesses are coordinating efforts to sanitize their establishments; have their staff and impacted customers self quarantine; and in some cases, close their doors. The HBA encourages all guests who are vulnerable to not be in gathering places in Hillcrest. We also encourage all guests that are in contact or were in contact with anyone sick or not feeling well to stay home. We are attending to the recommendations from the CDC and from local authorities.  

The community of Hillcrest is very familiar with epidemics and has successfully confronted them in the past. Hillcrest is coming together as a community to share information and implement best practices.  

With concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and transmissions continuing to rise, we want to keep the local community informed as we learn about business closures, event cancellations, and other pertinent information. On Thursday, County of San Diego elected and public health officials held a press conference with information about the virus, and announced a legally enforceable ban on all public gatherings of more than 250 people in the county. This has led to the cancellation of numerous events, including marathons, galas, festivals, and much more. 

Below, we've compiled a list of various businesses and events and their plans for now. We will update this as we get additional information. Also, those who wish to receive real time text updates about SDPIX sponsored events and venues, should text SDPIX to 94253. To receive updates about Hillcrest events, text HILLCREST to 94253. A confirmation message will be sent to your mobile phone. Texts may be sent using automatic telephone dialing system. Reply/consent not required for any purchase. Periodic messages. Reply STOP to cancel, Reply HELP for help. Message & Data rates may apply.

Community members can also view the SDPIX events calendar at sdpix.com/events. We are doing our best to notate events on the calendar that have been postponed or cancelled. Please check back to this page frequently as we will be adding and updating information as we receive it. 

Of course, community members should consult the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 page for health and safety precautions, and more information about the virus and related resources.

If you are a bar or business owner, or an event organizer with information about the status of your business/event, please contact us here so we can add your information to this list.  Hale Media has created a COVID-19 social distancing sign for venues that remain open to reminder their customers of distancing guidelines that are in place. 


  • PECS Bar (as of 7 pm, Sunday, March 15)

By order of the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, PECS will be closing its doors at midnight tonight until further notice. We know how important shared social spaces are to our community and while COVID-19 means our having to close, we urge each of you to support and be there for one another as we all get through this difficult time.Your friends and family are only a phone call or text message away. Don't be afraid to ask for help. We will get through this and PECS will return. Be smart and be safe. Wash those hands and employ social distancing. Sending much love to the community we love. We will miss you but we will be back soon!

  • Mo’s Universe (as of 5:30 pm, Sunday, March 15) (Urban Mo’s, Baja Betty’s, Gossip Grill, Hillcrest Brewing Company, insideOUT)

Chris Shaw, President & CEO of Mo's Universe, along with his team of restaurant owners and managers, announced that effective this evening, all 5 of their locations will be closing until further notice. See the video announcement here

  • #1 Fifth Avenue (as of 5 pm, Sunday, March 15)

In compliance with California state official recommendations & to ensure the safety of our guests & staff, #1 Fifth Avenue will be closing as of 6 pm 3/15/20 until further notice. Please look out for each other, take all necessary precautions, wash your hands, wash them again & please incorporate some social distancing when heading out. We're hopeful we can resume business soon. Until then, we'll get through this together.

  • Martinis Above Fourth Table + Stage (as of 5 pm, Sunday, March 15)

Martinis Above Fourth to remain OPEN (we are a restaurant) with lowered capacity and safeguards in place. All shows are still on as of right now (with reduced capacity).

  • Flicks (as of 3:40 pm, Sunday, March 15)

To our family in Hillcrest,Flicks will be closing tonight at 8 pm and will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. We care about the health and safety of everyone in our community and together we will get through this and come out stronger. We look forward to the day when we can put this behind us and celebrate together again!XO- Flicks and Family

  • Rich's San Diego (as of 8:30 pm, Saturday, March 14)

As we have said in previous statements, this is a constantly changing and unpredictable situation. After much contemplation, it is with great sadness that we announce that we are temporarily closing our doors tonight. With the continued rise of new cases in San Diego and many unkowns on how this virus is spreading, we feel this is the responsible thing to do for the safety of our guests and community. We will continue to post updates as things develop and we will be looking for guidance from our local, state, and federal offices. The most important thing right now is to stop the virus in its tracks, and the best way to do that is through social isolation. We want everyone to be safe and well and it is everyone's responsiblity to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. These are darks times we are in, but together we will get through and rise. We want this to happen sooner rather than later so we will be able to reopen our doors to the community and say 'Welcome home!' 

With love,-The Rich's San Diego Family

  • Mo’s Universe (as of 9:30 pm, Saturday, March 14)(Urban Mo’s, Baja Betty’s, Gossip Grill, Hillcrest Brewing Company, insideOUT)

To our Community:

Urban MO’s and MO’s Universe establishments are taking all precautions as necessary to keep our environment safe. We also encourage all guests that are vulnerable to not be out in places where people are gathering, especially MO’s. We also encourage all guests that are in contact or were in contact with anyone sick or not feeling well to stay home and to NOT COME TO ANY HILLCREST BUSINESS. WE ARE SMALL KNIT COMMUNITY AND WE ALL NEED TO PROTECT OUR FAMILY. We are monitoring all our other guests/staff within MO’s. We are keeping close eye on the recommendations from the CDC and from our local authorities.  

MO’s Universe and all the HIllcrest LGBT businesses are striving to keep a safe environment for everyone. Please do your part.

  • Flicks (as of 9:30 pm, Saturday, March 14)

At this time, Flicks plans to remain open, however is following the lead of Mo’s Universe with cleaning procedures and is staying compliant with county crowd size guidelines. 

  • Uptown Tavern (as of 9:30 pm, Saturday, March 14)

In an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily close our doors to help protect the health and safety of our guests, staff, and community. We're continuing to monitor, and will re-open once the situation has become more clear. Stay safe everyone, we can't wait to see you all again soon!

*Uptown Tavern also notified SDGLN that they will spend some time during the closure doing a deep cleaning of the establishment.

  • OVERDRIVE at Spin Nightclub - scheduled for Saturday, March 21 (as of Friday, March 13 at 9:40 am)

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing concern of the spread of COVID-19, we have cancelled next weekend's Overdrive with Sharon O'Love + Techniche. As excited for this event as we all were, the health and safety of our staff, patrons and talent must come first.

While we understand the need for connection and community in trying times like these, we must heed the advice of our government officials to prevent further spread of the virus through social distancing and reduce the demand on our public healthcare systems by doing our part to "flatten the curve."

Please take care of yourselves and each other and we will be in touch regarding future OVERDRIVE dates as events unfold. Those who pre-purchased tickets have already been issued a refund.

  • The Merrow (as of Saturday, March 14 at 11:15 pm)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the State of California has mandated a ban on all public gatherings with a capacity of more than 250 people, and the City of San Diego followed suit by instituting a State of Emergency. While our club's capacity maxes out at 200, we are vigilant and very proactive when it comes to the health, safety and security of all our patrons and staff members. We will continue to stay open with our regularly scheduled events (unless they have been canceled or postponed by organizers/promoters) but have increased our routine cleaning procedures and are conforming with all the evolving City, County and State regulations and recommendations. Of course, the current situation is placing a huge burden on our small business -- as well as countless others that rely on the patronage of the community at large -- but we will make it through this together" We are rarely ever at capacity, with exception of our Saturday Club nights. Most busy nights are usually in the 50 to 100 guests. Weeknights rarely over 50. Our goth night (Club Sabbat) which was scheduled for tonight, and usually a capacity plus crowd, was cancelled after some discussions with the Promoter. We were in agreement with the decision. We do daily cleaning, but have instituted a sanitizing process, wiping down surfaces, handles, tables, chairs, places that are touched on a regular basis, throughout the day and night during business hours. Actually had some complaints about the bleach small. We have been using plastic disposable cups upon request, but have now considered changing over permanently. Our normal glassware is washed and sanitized at a manual wash station. Fruit for the drinks is offered and provided upon request. We did try to purchase some hand sanitizers to place about the club, but have been unable to, due to no stock available at stores. We have been encouraging and reminding customers to wash there hands. 

As we get information from additional Hillcrest and LGBT community venues, we will share it here.


  • Hillcrest Farmers Market (as of 4 pm, Thursday, March 12)
  • Hillcrest Classic Car Show 

The Hillcrest Business Association respects and supports the decision of our city and county leaders to suspend public gatherings of over 250 people. Hillcrest folks know better than most the need to come together in a public health crisis for the betterment of the community. We hope that our customers and vendors understand this decision and we look forward to the resumption of our events in April.  

This means that the Hillcrest Farmers Market scheduled for Sundays March 15, 22, and 29 are cancelled, as well as the Hillcrest Classic Car Show for Saturday, March 21. Further, Taste of Hillcrest of Hillcrest, scheduled for Saturday, April 11 is still under consideration and future plans for this event will be announced soon.  

We understand that the postponement of these beloved community events is disappointing to many but we believe it is in the best interest of safeguarding everyone's health and well-being.

  • San Diego Pride’s OUT at the Park (as of Thursday, March 12)

OUT at the Park on Friday, March 27 will be postponed. These events are run by the Gulls and the Padres respectively, and we are working with them to find new dates and solutions. Read San Diego Pride’s full statement here.

  • San Diego LGBT Community Center events (as of Thursday, March 12 at 6 pm)

To Our Community,

The Center’s mission is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of our LGBTQ community, and that remains our top priority amid recent events. We understand that community members have growing concerns about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and we want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and following the California Department of Public Health's new Gathering Guidance guidelines.The guidance specifically recommends that groups most at risk for contracting COVID-19 – including older adults, those living with HIV, and others -- avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more through the end of March.

In light of the new guidelines, and with a focus on the health and longevity of our community members, we want to share with you that, effective today, The Center is cancelling all Peer-Led Discussion Groups and Behavioral Health Groups, community programming including Lunch and Learns, and events at all locations for the remainder of March.  Additionally, the following are cancelled:

Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors - March 13, 2020

City of San Diego Open House 'Protecting Hillcrest LGBTQ History' - March 16, 2020

SBYC One-Year Anniversary Event - March 21, 2020

Transgender Day of Empowerment - April 3, 2020

All programming at North Park Senior Apartments - varied days & times

Please note: The Cyber Center will remain open, but will be limited to three stations

Read The Center's full statement here.