Alameda County Moves Into Less-Restrictive Orange Tier, Allowing for Additional Activities as of March 31, 2021
With the State of California's announcement on March 30th that Alameda County has moved into the Orange Tier of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the County will allow for additional activities to resume, with modifications and limited capacities:
Beginning March 31, 2021:
- Bars: Outdoors with modifications; no meals required to be served
- Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries: Indoors at 25 percent maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer; no meals required to be served
- Family entertainment centers: Indoors for naturally distanced activities like bowling, escape rooms, and billiards; 25 percent maximum capacity
- Gyms, fitness centers, and studios (including at hotels): 25 percent maximum capacity and indoor pools are permitted; indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms continue to be closed
- Movie Theaters: 50 percent maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
- Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums: 50 percent maximum capacity
- Offices: Indoors with modifications and remote work (telework) is strongly encouraged
- Places of worship: 50 percent maximum capacity
- Restaurants: 50 percent maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
- Retail: Open indoors with modifications and food courts permitted with indoor dining restrictions
Activities eligible to start on April 1:
- Outdoor sports and live performances with fans/attendees: In the Orange Tier, capacity will be limited to 33 percent and with advanced reservations only. Concession sales will be primarily in-seat (no concourse sales). Designated indoor seated dining area capacity will be limited to 25 percent. Attendance will be limited to in-state spectators and guests must attest their reserved seats are only for one household.
- Amusement parks: In the Orange Tier, overall park capacity and indoor capacity will be limited to 25 percent, including indoor dining. Small groups with a maximum of three household groups may attend together. Attendance will be limited to in-state visitors. Walk up ticket sales will be permitted, but park operators must collect name and contact information of the ticket purchases for necessary contract tracing.
Alameda County must remain in the Orange Tier for a minimum of three weeks before moving into the next less-restrictive color tier, even though metrics might warrant it. The County currently has a testing positivity rate of 1.1 percent.
Read the Alameda County Public Health Department's press release.
Industry-specific reopening guidance
The State has industry-specific reopening guidance to help businesses safely reopen. Please refer to the State's Industry Guidance and the California State COVID- 19 Employer Playbook (PDF) for State required guidelines.
To access Industry guidance in other languages (such as Arabic, Armenian, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese), visit the State's website.
Employers seeking technical assistance regarding the State's Industry Guidance, can call the State's COVID-19 hotline at 1-833-422-4255.
Alameda County Health Order Update 21-01 (January 25, 2021)
On January 25, 2021, the Alameda County Health Officer issued Order 21-01 that 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:
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:
- 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.)
- 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.