Health Orders

Governor Newsom Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order

On January 25, 2021, Governor Newsom lifted the current Regional Stay at Home Order, which has been in place since December 7, 2020. At 11:59 p.m. on January 25, 2021, Alameda County moved back to the restrictive Purple Tier in the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." In response, Alameda County also issued a new Health Order that went into effect at the same time.

As of January 26, 2021, the following Sectors will be allowed to continue operating indoors, with modifications:

  • Hair salons and barbershops 
  • Grocery stores with a maximum of 50% capacity
  • All retail with a maximum 25% capacity (indoor food courts must remain closed)
  • Personal Care Services (e.g., nail salons, massage, skin care)
  • Hotels and other lodging (gyms, fitness centers, and indoor pools must remain closed)
  • Limited Services (e.g., laundromats, dry cleaners, auto repair, landscapers, janitorial, home repair, contractors)
  • Critical infrastructure

As of January 26, 2021, the following Sectors will be allowed to operate outdoors, with modifications:

  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Campgrounds
  • Cardrooms and racetracks
  • Family centers and movie theaters
  • Gyms
  • Museums
  • Places of worship and cultural centers
  • Restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms
  • Zoos and aquariums

Gatherings must be limited to members of no more than three households. Gatherings must be outside, socially distanced, and all attendees must wear face coverings.

Sectors which must remain closed:

  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries where no food is served
  • Amusement parks

Additionally, the State's "Limited Stay at Home Order," which limited non-essential activities between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., expired with the lifting of the Regional Stay at Home Order.

Alameda County Health Order Update

The Alameda County Health Officer Order issued on January 25, 2021, streamlines the local orders and guidance to align more closely with the State in an effort to reduce confusion for businesses and residents as we move through the Blueprint tiers. The Order requires businesses and residents to comply with the State's:

There are no additional local restrictions at this time. This Order:

  • supersedes the previous Shelter in Place Order (20-21 and 20-21a),
  • rescinds Appendix C (approved businesses and activities) included in previous orders,
  • rescinds Appendix B (construction activities) as included in previous orders, and
  • rescinds Health Officer Order 20-13 (Face Covering Order).

Starting January 26, 2021, in Alameda County:

  • Residents may engage in personal and business activities as permitted or restricted in the Purple Tier.
  • Businesses must comply with the State's Industry Guidance, which requires a work-site specific protection plan and CalOSHA's COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards.
  • Face coverings are still required - consistent with State requirements, everyone two years or older must wear a face covering when outside their home. For specific exemptions, please see the State's guidance for face coverings.

Employers seeking technical assistance with the County Health Orders, including guidance on what activities are currently allowed, should email the ACPHD.

Read the ACPHD press release (issued January 25, 2021).

For full details, visit the ACPHD website.

Face Covering Requirements

All individuals two-years old or older within the County of Alameda must comply with the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings, which generally requires all individuals to wear a face covering whenever outside of the home, except as exempted by that Guidance.

Note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has additional information on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19:
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Minimum Basic Operations for Non-Essential Businesses

All businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of owners, employees, volunteers, or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). 

Provided that owners, employees, and contractors comply with Social Distancing Requirements (as defined in the Order) to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations, Non-Essential Businesses may perform the following Minimum Basic Operations:

  1. The minimum necessary activities to maintain and protect the value of the business’s inventory and facilities; ensure security, safety, and sanitation; process payroll and employee benefits; provide for the delivery of existing inventory directly to residences or businesses; and related functions. (For clarity, this section does not permit businesses to provide curbside pickup to customers.)
  2. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate owners, employees, and contractors of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, and to ensure that the business can deliver its service remotely.

Public Health Requirements for Licensed Facilities and Other Agencies

The Health Officer Order #20-07 (issued April 13, 2020) remains in effect for “Licensed Facilities and Other Agencies” in Alameda County. The requirements apply to all long-term care facilities, licensed intermediate care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice agencies/organizations, chronic dialysis centers, and other congregate living settings and agencies. The Order requires their staff, contractors and any essential visitors entering those sites to comply with guidance to control the spread of COVID-19.