Life slowly returns to the Gaslamp Quarter.

People gather in front of Barleymash as some restaurants reopen in the Gaslamp for dining during the coronavirus pandemic.
People wait in front of Barleymash as some restaurants reopen in the Gaslamp for dining during the coronavirus pandemic.

Life is slowly returning to the Gaslamp Quarter. Some restaurants and bars have just begun to reopen. Dining at restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic is now permitted if establishments and customers abide by strict rules.

Early this evening–the Friday of Memorial Day weekend–I walked up Fifth Avenue and observed small groups of people waiting in line on the sidewalk and seated at outdoor tables. Many Gaslamp eateries are still closed. I was told that for some it remains a wait-and-see situation.

So life downtown is becoming a little more vibrant.

It will be fascinating to watch how long it might take the Gaslamp Quarter to regain its former popularity, given the fact that COVID-19 is still among us.

I suspect there are many who remain cautious.

Much of the historic Gaslamp Quarter was still quiet early Friday evening, on Memorial Day weekend.
Much of the historic Gaslamp Quarter was still quiet early Friday evening, at the beginning of Memorial Day weekend.
A few customers sit in front of The Field Irish Pub.
A few customers sit in front of The Field Irish Pub.
El Chingon in the Gaslamp Quarter is open and ready for diners! If you love Mexican food, it's the place to go!
I learned that El Chingon in the Gaslamp Quarter is open and ready for diners! Mexican food is their specialty!

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

4 thoughts on “Life slowly returns to the Gaslamp Quarter.”

  1. Our downtown (Fargo ND) was vibrant before COVID-19. It has been reopening as well, but I haven’t ventured to see how the many restaurants are doing for customers. Looks like I need to head downtown for a look-see.

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  2. We’re starting to open up a bit here as well, and too much of the behaviour is worrying. The virus doesn’t care about psychological restlessness, or economic impact, or political campaigns… The more active we are, for any of those reasons, the happier it will be.

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    1. I see a mixture of behaviors here in San Diego, and some of it is worrying, too. Particularly the behavior of younger people, who perhaps feel invulnerable, or who don’t think about the possible consequences of their actions and how they might hurt others. What I find particularly scary is how many people on the trolley either don’t wear masks or don’t wear them over their noses. Transmission of the virus on the New York subway help to create a catastrophe, and now more people are beginning to ride the trolley in San Diego…

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