San Diegan residents are going out in groups as the town’s restaurants, bars and brasseries are now fully open.
“We’re starting to see, especially this week, a lot more foot traffic,” said Kenon Nibbs, CEO of Burgeon at the Arbor. “People definitely take off the mask, have a lot of fun and go back there.”
For many, this is a glimpse of what life was like before COVID-19.
“It reminds me of how things were maybe a year or two ago, before the pandemic,” said Gumi Sethi, a tourist from San Diego.
For companies like Burgeon at the Arbor, a brewery, this is a sign of relief.
“I am ecstatic,” Nibbs said. “I can’t wait to come in, shake hands, kiss babies, have a beer with people. This is what we are eager to do.
The Little Italy brewery opened just two months ago, after being delayed for nearly a year due to the pandemic.
“Starting to open during the pandemic is certainly difficult, but we’ve seen a great response so far and we’re really excited because you can see things are going really well,” Nibbs said.
At Ballast Point, in Miramar, things are also getting ready.
“I feel like the floodgates have kind of opened,” said Kayla Petitte, director of retail operations for Ballast Point. “We see more and more people. “
There are people who get together with friends.
“It will be good to get together with people you have been with all the time,” said Chad Mediate, a resident of San Diego.
Lots of sharing experiences together.
“[I am] really excited to see a Padres game for the first time in a long time, ”said Sethi.
Making up for lost time after a long year of limited pandemic life.
June 15, 2021 marked the full reopening of California – including San Diego County – meaning the state’s color-coded tiered system has been removed and pandemic-era restrictions have been removed. been modified.
June 15, 2021 marks the full reopening of California – including San Diego County – meaning the state’s color-coded tiered system will be removed and pandemic-era restrictions will change, reports NBC’s Rory Devine 7.