Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
COVID-19 Dashboard with Detailed Case and Vaccine Information
To view detailed COVID-19 case and vaccine information from Alameda County, visit Alameda County Public Health Department's new real-time data page: https://covid-19.acgov.org/data.page. The dashboard features all cases in the County (including Berkeley, which has its own health department) and vaccines administered (both first and second dose). Graphs are broken down by age, gender, and city. Keep in mind that as more testing and vaccine doses becomes available, the numbers can change dramatically. It is important to abide by the current health orders.
Number of CUMULATIVE confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alameda County: 386,659
Number of CUMULATIVE confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dublin: 13,176
data through May 5, 2023
Number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to Alameda County residents: 1,552,580 (first dose);
1,431,090 (fully vaccinated)
Number of COVID-19 vaccines administered to Dublin residents: 66,937 (first dose); 61,367 (fully vaccinated)
data through May 9, 2023
Coronavirus Updates from Alameda County Health Care Services Agency - March 6, 2023
Governor Newsom Officially Rescinds COVID-19 State of Emergency - February 28, 2023
California Governor Gavin Newsom officially declared an end to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, nearly three years after he issued the first stay-at-home order.
Historical news information about the COVID-19 pandemic can be found in tables below.
Alameda County Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Case Rates Improve - June 24, 2022
Alameda County Public Health Department officials announced today that the most recent indoor mask mandate is being rescinded, effective 12:01 a.m., on June 25, 2022. Masks will continue to be required, however, in public health settings; congregate settings such as homeless shelters and correctional facilities; and long-term care facilities.
Daily reported COVID-19 cases have peaked and continue to decline, and case rates are improving across each of the County’s largest racial and ethnic groups, including Hispanic/Latino residents, who were disproportionately affected.
Businesses, venue operators, and hosts may choose to continue requiring patrons and workers to wear masks to lower COVID-19 risk in their settings.
Alameda County is also aligning with the State’s quarantine guidance and definition of close contact, effective 12:01 a.m., on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. People who are close contacts but don’t have symptoms should test within 3-5 days after last exposure and wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings and when near those at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease. Anyone who develops symptoms should test immediately and stay home. Anyone who tests positive must follow isolation requirements.
Health officials also stated, "Vaccination continues to provide the best long-term protection against serious COVID-19 disease. Everyone six months and older is now eligible for safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines."
Alameda County to Require Masking Again in Most Public Places - June 2, 2022
Due to a recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Alameda County public health officials have announced that masks will be required in most public settings beginning Friday, June 3. While masking will not be required through the end of the 2021-22 school year, masking will be required in all other children and youth indoor settings, including childcare, summer school, and youth programs, as is feasible.
Alameda County reports that daily COVID-19 cases have exceeded the peak of last summer's Delta wave and are approaching levels seen during the Winter 2020-21 wave. Hospitalizations are also on the rise. Alameda County Public Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said, "Putting our masks back on gives us the best opportunity to limit the impact of a prolonged wave on our communities." Children under the age of two should not mask.
In addition to masking, residents are reminded to continue to take other precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Stay home if sick or positive; test if symptomatic or exposed; and keep gatherings small and outdoors, if possible. Increase ventilation if gathering indoors.
BART Reinstates Mask Mandate on Trains, Platforms, and in Stations - issued April 28, 2022
In an effort to keep its patrons safe, the BART Board of Directors has issued a new mandate that BART riders and employees are required to wear masks on trains and station platforms, and in stations until July 18.
Alameda County COVID-19 Quarantine Requirements Aligned with CDC - issued April 19, 2022
Alameda County Public Health Department announced that it will maintain current quarantine requirements as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People who are not vaccinated or not fully vacinated should stay home and away from other people for at least five days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19. They may leave quarantine after day five if they test negative on or after day five, if they have no symptoms. People who are symptomatic or who test positive must follow isolation requirements. A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccination. Quarantine is not required for people who have had COVID within the last 90 days.
The CDC's definition of COVID is being less than six feet away from someone with confirmed COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. People with confirmed COVID-19 are considered infectious starting two days before either developing symptoms or testing positive if they have no symptoms.
Hours Extended for Wednesday COVID Testing at the Dublin Senior Center - Issued April 4, 2022
The weekly COVID testing site, managed by Curative, Inc., is now open every Wednesday in the parking lot of the Dublin Senior Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Walk-in appointments are available, but those seeking a COVID test can also visit https://curative.com to book an appointment.
Dublin Unified School District Vaccination/Booster Clinic Starts Monday, March 21 - Issued March 17, 2022
The Dublin Unified School District will begin its free weekly vaccination/booster clinic on Monday, March 21. The service, provided by CityHealth, was initially scheduled to begin on March 14 but was pushed back one week. Clinics, which are open to the public, take place on Mondays at the District Office (7471 Larkdale Ave.) from 1-7 PM. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register in advance. Register at https://covidtesting.cityhealth.com/vaccine/dusd
DUSD continues to offer its PCR COVID testing services (provided by Predicine) which are available, at no cost, Monday through Friday at the District Office.
During Spring Break (April 4-8), no vaccination clinic will be offered and PCR testing will only be available on Thursday, April 7, and Friday, April 8. Full services will resume on Monday, April 11.
More details at https://www.dublinusd.org/covid
Dublin Schools to Drop Mask Mandate - issued March 3, 2022
Alameda County announced its plans to align with the recommendations of State health officials, and lift the mask mandates at all school sites beginning March 12. Indoor masking in K-12 settings will no longer be required, regardless of vaccination status, for students, staff, or visitors at any school facility. While no longer mandatory, the County and Dublin Unified School District will continue to strongly recommend the wearing of masks.
Most Indoor Mask Mandates to be Lifted on Wednesday, February 16 - issued February 9
In alignment with the State of California, Alameda County and several other Bay Area counties will lift universal mask requirements for most indoor public settings, beginning Wednesday, February 16. Unvaccinated individuals over the age of two must continue to be masked in all indoor public settings. This change aligns with the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) decision to let the statewide indoor mask requirement expire, which was created on December 15, during the most recent COVID surge.
Indoor masking will still be required by the State for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public transportation; health care settings; congregate settings such as correctional facilities and homeless shelters; long-term care facilities; and in K-12 schools and childcare settings.
Bay Area health officers, along with the CDPH, continue to strongly recommend masks be worn in indoor public settings as an effective tool to prevent the spread of the virus.
Federal Government to Provide Free COVID-19 Tests for Every Household in the U.S. - issued January 18, 2022
The Federal Government has begun to provide free COVID-19 tests for every household throughout the country. The initial program will provide up to four individual tests per residential address, which will ship within 7-12 days of ordering. To place an order, visit www.COVIDtests.gov. Additionally, private health insurance companies are now required to cover the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests for free, up to eight tests per month for each person on the plan.
For more information, visit How to get your At-Home Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Test for Free | CMS
More Than 80% of Alameda County Residents are Now Fully Vaccinated - issued January 13, 2022
Alameda County Public Health Department announced that more than 1.3 million Alameda County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. At this milestone, 80.2 percent of all residents are fully vaccinated; over 86.5 percent have had at least one dose; and 49.2 percent of all eligible have received a booster. Seventy-one percent of Hispanic/Latino/a/x and 69.3 percent of Black/African American Alameda County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and residents are strongly encouraged to get their second doses and boosters for best protection against serious illness or hospitalization. Alameda County prioritized resources to the communities where these disparities were occurring and resulting in disproportionate impacts. This strategy is reflected in community testing; case investigation and contact tracing; resources to support isolation and quarantine; vaccination; and now supporting community coalitions. Residents are asked to remain vigilant and take steps to lower the risk of transmitting COVID-19 including:
• Keep gatherings small, short and, if possible, outdoors.
• When gathering inside, ventilate well. Open doors and windows, run HVAC systems and install high-quality air filters.
• Everyone must wear a mask in indoor public settings. Consider wearing a mask in indoor private settings if gathering with medically vulnerable friends and family or if someone’s vaccination status is unknown.
• If possible, get tested to know your COVID-19 status before gathering with friends and family. Plan to test 3-5 days after gathering or traveling too.
• Stay home if sick or tested positive, even if an at-home test is used.
Weekly COVID Testing Site at Dublin Senior Center Now Requiring Appointments - issued January 6, 2022
Due to the recent high demand for COVID-19 testing, the Curative mobile testing site, which is open Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Dublin Senior Center, is now requiring appointments. Previously, the testing site handled approximately 35-40 tests per week. In recent weeks, upwards of 200 people have requested tests each day, and staff is unable to handle this volume. Those seeking a COVID test can visit https://curative.com to book an appointment. If it is difficult to find an appointment through Curative, some additional options include: https://myturn.ca.gov and https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.
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Alameda County Health Officer Rescinds Previous Order: Everyone Must Wear Masks Indoors - issued December 29, 2021
The Alameda County Health Officer, Dr. Nicholas Moss, has rescinded a previous health order allowing fully vaccinated people to go unmasked in certain settings. Effective December 30, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks in all indoor public settings. This change will not affect face masking requirements for youth and school settings.
The local daily case rate in Alameda County is 18.7 per 100,000 residents and rising, and community transmission is now categorized as “high” on the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker. The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is highly transmissible. Wearing masks in all indoor public settings will help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable residents this winter.
With the Omicron variant able to spread among fully vaccinated people and those who have already had the coronavirus, Dr. Moss says that masks are "a critical layer of safety for everyone this winter." Vaccination and booster doses, together with masking, will protect residents and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with people who are severely ill due to COVID.
Alameda County Public Health Department recommends:
- Getting vaccinated, and if already vaccinated, getting the vaccine booster shot;
- Staying home if COVID-positive, symptomatic, or unvaccinated, not boosted, and exposed;
- Wearing a mask in all indoor public settings;
- Getting tested if exposed, symptomatic, or before and after gathering and traveling;
- Avoiding large or crowded and poorly ventilated settings.
Alameda County's Local Face Covering Order Remains in Effect - issued December 15, 2021
Per the State of California's recent health order regarding face masks, Alameda County Public Health Department reports that its face covering order remains in effect. Residents will not experience any differences in policy. Everyone aged two and older, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a mask in indoor public settings, with a limited exemption for certain controlled settings with a small, stable group of fully vaccinated people. With vaccinations and boosters, masks are one of the best tools available to prevent spreading COVID-19 to family, friends, and community members.
Alameda County Health Officials Strongly Recommend COVID Vaccine Boosters for All Adults - issued November 18, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommended today COVID-19 boosters for all adults who have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least six months ago. People can choose a different COVID-19 vaccine than their original series as a booster. The CDC previously recommended a booster for all adults who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago.
As there is emerging evidence that immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine may wane over time, it is recommended that adults should get their booster now, if eligible. The Alameda County Public Health Officer, Dr. Nicholas Moss, indicated that a rise in COVID-19 cases is expected "as people gather with friends and family indoors and travel for the holidays."
The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson booster doses are the same dosage as the original vaccine received in the series, while the Moderna booster dose is half the dosage of the original vaccine series. A person can receive their booster from any location, not necessarily where they received their initial vaccine series. Booster appointments are also available through MyTurn.ca.gov.
Alameda County Health Officer Order Requires COVID-19 Vaccination of First Responders and Medical Transport Providers to Protect Patients in High-Risk Health Care Settings - issued November 9, 2021
The Alameda County Health Officer ordered today that all 9-1-1 ambulance support, non-emergency medical transport, and first responders (including law enforcement officers and fire personnel) to be fully vaccinated against COVID by December 21, 2021. The Health Order applies to individuals in Alameda County who enter high-risk health care facilities, as described in the State of California's Health Order of August 5, 2021. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated by December 21 must wear masks while in the presence of patients or residents and must test for COVID-19 weekly.
Alameda County to Ease Masking Requirements for Fully Vaccinated People in Limited Indoor Settings - issued October 28, 2021
Beginning November 1, the County of Alameda will begin to ease masking requirements in certain indoor settings where everyone is fully vaccinated. Eligible settings are in controlled spaces not open to the general public, including offices; gyms and fitness centers; employee commuter vehicles; and organized indoor gatherings where a group meets on a regular basis, such as religious gatherings.
Under the Health Officer Order, participating businesses, organizations, or hosts must verify that all patrons, employees, and attendees are fully vaccinated before allowing people to go unmasked inside their facilities. Additionally, there can be no more than 100 people present at these facilities, and those present cannot have COVID-19 symptoms. Employers or hosts must be shown proof of one's vaccination status, and identities must be confirmed with government-issued identifications, such as a driver's license or passport.
Indoor masking requirements will remain in effect in other public settings, such as bars, restaurants, and retail establishments, and in indoor K-12 school settings. Businesses and workplaces can continue to require indoor masking of everyone in these non-public places if they choose, and employees and patrons can choose to wear a mask indoors if they prefer.
The State of California continues to require face coverings for all unvaccinated persons in indoor public settings, and for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in health care facilities, on public transit, and in adult and senior care facilties.
CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for Older Adults and Certain Groups - issued October 22, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now recommending that adults over the age of 65 and other groups who received initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster shot.
As recent evidence suggests that immunity from the COVID-19 vaccination may wane over time, booster doses are recommended for older adults and younger people with underlying conditions or certain risk factors who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago, and anyone who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. Health officials are now permitting the "mixing and matching" of vaccines, so recipients may choose a different COVID-19 vaccine than their original shot.
A single COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is now recommended if you completed a Pfizer or Moderna (mRNA) vaccination series six or more months ago and you are:
- Aged 65 or older or
- A long-term care resident that is aged 18 or older, or
- Aged 50-64 and have an underlying medical condition, or
- Aged 50-64 and at an increased risk due to poverty or lack of healthcare access
Boosters should also be considered if you are:
- Aged 18-49 and have an underlying medical condition or are at risk due to poverty or lack of healthcare access or
- Aged 18-49 and work or live in a high-risk setting, such as a shelter
The booster dose for the Moderna vaccine is one-half the dose used for the initial series. Booster doses are also recommended for anyone aged 18 and older who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Any eligible person seeking a booster shot should consult with their medical provider or access the booster through a chain pharmacy. Visit vaccines.gov for more information.
Bay Area Health Officers Issue Criteria for Lifting COVID-19 Indoor Masking Requirements - issued October 7, 2021
Bay Area health officers announced today that indoor masking requirements in public spaces may soon be lifted if certain criteria within jurisdictions are met. (The City of Dublin's jurisdiction is Alameda County.)
- The jurisdiction (Alameda County) reaches the moderate (yellow) tier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and remains at that level for three weeks;
- Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remain low and stable;
- Eighty percent of the jurisdiction's (Alameda County's) total population is fully vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson; OR eight weeks have passed since a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by federal and state authorities for five- to 11-year-olds.
Approval of the vaccine for five- to 11-year-olds is anticipated sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Under this framework, it is possible that the indoor mask mandate will remain in place through the end of the year.
Alameda County Public Health Department Recommends Third Vaccine Dose for Immunocompromised Residents - Issued September 2, 2021
The Alameda County Public Health Department is now recommending that immunocompromised individuals schedule a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Third doses are authorized for moderately to severely immunocompromised people who have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines (mRNA vaccines). This is not recommended for those who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Immunocompromised individuals are encouraged to speak with their health care provider before getting the third dose, and they must sign a self-attestation indicating that they qualify. The attestation form can be signed electronically when making an appointment. Individuals must wait until at least 28 days have passed since receiving their second dose of the vaccine, and they need to register for the same vaccine that they have already received (e.g., two doses of Moderna must be followed by a third dose of Moderna).
COVID-19 Testing Available Each Wednesday at the Dublin Senior Center - issued August 23, 2021
The City of Dublin has partnered with Curative to provide free COVID-19 testing every Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Dublin Senior Center.
Appointments are not necessary, and the service is open to all ages. Identification is required for adults, however children may get tested without ID as long as they are accompanied by a parent/guardian. Proof of insurance is not required.
The COVID-19 test is a shallow nasal swap tests, the results for which will be available within 48 hours. This weekly testing operation will continue until the service is determined to no longer be needed.
To learn more, visit https://curative.com/sites/31104.
One Million Alameda County Residents Are Now Fully Vaccinated - issued July 23, 2021
One million Alameda County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. At this milestone, 70.7% of all eligible residents over age 12 are fully vaccinated and over 83.3% have had at least one dose. However, vaccination rates vary in communities across Alameda County and health agency officials are redoubling efforts to address disparities.
Alameda County has seen a rise in new cases specifically impacting those communities where vaccination rates are lowest, including in neighborhoods that have already been hit hardest by COVID-19. While a small number of generally mild cases are reported among vaccinated residents, the vast majority of new cases are occurring in unvaccinated people.
Health officials urge all residents who are eligible to get the vaccine and everyone, whether vaccinated or not, to wear a mask in indoor public settings. Anyone still undecided about vaccination should continue to follow COVID-19 safety precautions to keep from catching or spreading the virus, like wearing a mask in outdoor crowded spaces. Getting COVID-19 can still lead to severe illness, hospitalization, and death for unvaccinated individuals, including youth and young adults, and vaccination is the best protection against severe COVID-19 infection.
Residents who are eligible and have not received a vaccination or haven’t received their second dose of a two-dose vaccination series are encouraged to call 510-208-4VAX (510-208-4829) or visit bit.ly/getalcovaxed to arrange an appointment or drop by a location near them.
Bay Area Counties Recommend Masking Indoors for Everyone as Precaution Against an Increase of COVID-19 - issued July 16, 2021
With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings and as an extra precautionary measure for all.
Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in settings like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated as an added layer of protection for unvaccinated residents. Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers.
Uptick in COVID-19 Cases in Alameda County - issued July 8, 2021
Alameda County Public Health Department issued a statement yesterday indicating that there’s been an increase in COVID-19 cases that threatens to exceed the Spring 2021 wave seen earlier this year. Hospitalizations are also on the rise. In early June, cases and hospitalizations were at their lowest levels since April 2020. The daily number of cases averaged as low as 28 per day. As of yesterday, daily cases are averaging over 70 per day, with over 100 new cases reported on some recent days.
New cases are impacting those communities where vaccination rates are lowest, including in priority neighborhoods that have already been hit hardest by COVID-19. The latest increases are likely due to reopened activities along with decreasing mask use. The Delta variant of the virus is likely having an impact, too. While a small number of generally mild cases are reported among vaccinated residents, the vast majority of new cases are in unvaccinated people.
Alameda County continues to prioritize vaccinating residents in disproportionally impacted neighborhoods by partnering closely with community organizations on outreach and operating hyperlocal vaccination sites where vaccination rates are lower.
The City of Dublin held a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, July 7 at the Dublin Senior Center (sponsored by Curative), with a second clinic to be held on July 28. On July 21, the Dublin Library will hold another vaccination clinic, sponsored by Axis Community Health. The second date for that clinic will be on August 11.
Vaccination Clinics to be Held at the Dublin Library on July 21 and August 11
Axis Community Health will be holding free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at the Dublin Library (200 Civic Plaza) on Wednesday, July 21, and Wednesday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on both dates. Pfizer and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered. No insurance is needed, and multiple languages will be accommodated. The first 50 individuals getting their first dose of the vaccine will receive a $25 gift certificate to DoorDash.
City of Dublin to Host Vaccination Clinics on July 7 and July 28 at Dublin Senior Center
On Wednesday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the City of Dublin will host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at the Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.). There is no cost for the vaccination, and neither insurance nor proof of citizenship are required. The Pfizer vaccine will be available for ages 12+. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available for ages 18+. While appointments are not necessary, an appointment may be scheduled at cur.tv/dublin or by calling 888-702-9042.
Cal/OSHA Approves Changes to Mask Mandate in the Workplace - issued June 17, 2021
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) voted yesterday to allow vaccinated employees to work indoors without wearing a face covering. Unvaccinated workers must continue to wear a mask indoors, unless alone in a room or vehicle. In order for employers to allow vaccinated employees to go without face coverings, they must document a worker's vaccination status. Workers do not have to provide documentation regarding their status, but can "self-attest" that they are vaccinated. Workers can decline to state if they are vaccinated or not, but they will be treated as if they are unvaccinated.
Employers must provide masks, such as the N95 mask, available for unvaccinated workers, if they request them.
No face coverings are required outdoors unless there is a COVID outbreak. If there is a COVID outbreak, masks will be mandated for all workers indoors, and outdoors if six-foot distancing cannot be maintained.
No physical distancing or barriers between workers are required, regardless of an employee's vaccination status, but employers can re-evaluate the need for barriers should an outbreak occur. Distancing and barriers will be mandated if a major outbreak of 20 or more cases occurs.
Asymptomatic workers who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested or quarantined if they are exposed to the virus.
Alameda County Rescinds Shelter-in-Place Order to Align With the State's Public Health Order - issued June 14, 2021
Effective June 15, Alameda County Public Health Department will rescind its current Shelter-in-Place Order in order to align with the State of California's "Beyond the Blueprint" framework. Physical distancing, capacities on businesses, colored county tiers, and restrictive mask mandates will no longer be required. The County reports that nearly 80 percent of residents, ages 12 and older, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which has resulted in reduced case rates. Alameda County has also aligned itself with the State's face masking mandate, which still requires the wearing of masks in the following settings, even for fully vaccinated individuals:
- On public transit and in transit hubs (airports, bus terminals, train/subway stations, and ferry landings)
- Indoors in schools and childcare/youth settings
- Healthcare settings and long-term care facilities
- Correctional facilities and detention centers
- Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers
Masks will continue to be required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses and at mega events, as well as settings serving children and youth.
All workplaces governed by Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards must continue to follow current standards and future updates, including masking requirements for employees.
The County recommends everyone, ages 12 and older, to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to continue to curb the spread of the coronavirus. All three vaccines - Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson - are available at all County-supported vaccination sites, but only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those aged 12-17. Visit Vaccines Guidance & Resources | COVID-19 | Alameda County Public Health (acgov.org) to sign up to receive a vaccine.
Alameda County is hosting two events to help residents and businesses understand the changing guidance:
- For residents: June 15, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
- For businesses: June 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
For information on how to participate, visit: Beyond the Blueprint | COVID-19 | Alameda County Public Health (acgov.org). Recordings of the events will also be available on Facebook and YouTube after the events.
Alameda County to Move into the Yellow Tier of the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" - issued June 8, 2021
Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that beginning tomorrow, June 9, the County will move into the State of California's "Yellow Tier," per its "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." This comes one week prior to the date of June 15, when the State of California will no longer require physical distancing or limited capacity for most businesses and activities. Currently, Alameda County has an adjusted daily new case rate per 100,000 residents of 1.5, and a testing positivity rate of .7 percent.
In the yellow tier, capacity limits loosen for gatherings, private events, performances, gyms, bars, and more.
- Gatherings: Outdoors, maximum 100 people. Indoor gatherings are still strongly discouraged, but allowed with modifications and a maximum 50% capacity in settings where capacity limits exist or 50 people, whichever is fewer.
- Private Events: Outdoors, maximum 200 people. That rises to maximum 400 people if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. Indoors maximum 200 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. With modifications: Purchased tickets or defined guest list; eating chart/assigned seating; no intermingling of multiple private events.
- Indoor seated live events and performances: All venues must admit in-state visitors only, with weekly worker testing; digital tickets; pre-designated eating area with six feet of distance; and suites at 25% capacity with a maximum of three households.
- For venues up to 1,500 people: Maximum 25% or 300 people. That rises to 50% if all guests are vaccinated or show proof of full vaccination.
- For venues 1,501 and above: Maximum 10% capacity or 2,000, whichever is fewer with modifications and no eating or drinking. That rises to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
- Limited Services: Open with modifications.
- Outdoor playgrounds and outdoor recreational facilities: Open with modifications.
- Hair salons and barbershops: Open indoors with modifications.
- All retail: Open indoors with modifications.
- Shopping centers: Open indoors with modifications. Reduced capacity food courts.
- Personal care services: Open indoors with modifications.
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums: Open indoors with modifications.
- Places of worship: Open indoors with modifications. Maximum 50% capacity.
- Movie theaters: Open indoors with modifications. Maximum 50% capacity.
- Hotels and lodging: Open with modifications. Fitness and spa centers, maximum 50% capacity.
- Gyms and fitness centers: Open indoors with modifications and maximum 50% capacity. This includes steam rooms and saunas.
- Restaurants: Open indoors with modifications and maximum 50% capacity.
- Bars (where no meal is provided): Open indoors with modifications and maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
- Wineries, breweries, and distilleries: Open indoors with modifications. Maximum 50% capacity or 200 people indoors, whichever is fewer.
- Family entertainment centers: Indoors maximum 50% capacity. That rises to 75% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. With modifications: 100% masking except for food and beverage service, which must be restricted to separate areas.
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering: Open indoors with modifications and maximum 50% capacity.
- Offices: Open indoors with modifications. Encourage telework.
- Sports and live performances: Maximum 67% capacity, includes suites with 25% occupancy per suite. Assigned seating required. In-state visitors only. Indoor concessions allowed in designated areas.
- Amusement parks: Maximum 35% capacity. Indoor capacity, maximum 25% capacity with time restrictions; weekly worker testing; and in-state visitors only.
- Waterparks: Maximum 40% capacity. Indoor capacity maximum 25% capacity. Collection of contact tracing Information required.
- Overnight sleepaway camps: Open with modifications.
Alameda County to Host "Beyond the Blueprint" Town Hall Meetings for Residents and Employers - issued June 7, 2021
With the State of California planning to fully reopen the economy on June 15, Alameda County will host two virtual events in order to explain what that means for residents and businesses. The first event, for residents of Alameda County, will take place on Tuesday, June 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Register here: Alameda County Update: Moving Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy (constantcontact.com) (for residents).
The second event, for employers and business owners, will take place on Monday, June 21, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. This event will help employers and business owners learn about Cal/OSHA requirements, workplace safety recommendations, and more. Employers can register here: Alameda County Update: Moving Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy (constantcontact.com) (for employers). Businesses may also visit https://covid-19.acgov.org/recovery for more information.
Live translation services, in Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, and American Sign Language, will be available during the webinars.
Vaccination Site at Alameda County Fairgrounds to Close at the End of May - issued May 21, 2021
As a majority of Alameda County and Tri-Valley residents have been vaccinated, and the demand for vaccinations has decreased over the past few weeks, the mass vaccination site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will close at the end of May. Alameda County reports that 75.3% of its residents have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 58.4% are full vaccinated. Stanford Healthcare – ValleyCare will be relocating their vaccination site to their Livermore campus at 1119 E. Stanley Boulevard. This is an indoor site, allowing for up to 700 appointments per day. Visit Stanford Healthcare - ValleyCare to learn how to book a vaccination appointment with that provider.
California to Lift All Capacity Limits and Social Distancing Requirements on June 15; Bay Area Health Officials Issue Statement of Support for Maintaining Masking Indoors - issued May 21, 2021
Citing increased vaccination rates and low COVID-19 hospitalization rates, the State of California has announced that it will no longer require physical distancing or limited capacity anywhere as of June 15. There will continue to be some guidance on face coverings, in line with the CDC guidelines. Some businesses may also continue to require masks for the health and safety of their own patrons and employees if they so choose. For large outdoor gatherings with more than 10,000 people, organizers will be required to check for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, but patrons without either of those may be allowed in if they wear a face covering. For indoor events with more than 5,000 people, attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter; masking alone will not provide entry. The Department of Public Health will also lift all isolation and quarantining requirements for travelers, and will instead issue a travel advisory that aligns with CDC guidance. Please visit Beyond the Blueprint Framework for Industry and Business Sectors, with Limited Exceptions (ca.gov) for full details. The Association of Bay Area Health Officials also released a statement this week supporting the State’s decision to maintain masking indoors, despite the CDC’s announcement that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in certain indoor settings.
Bay Area Health Officers Support California Face Masking Guidance - Issued May 19, 2021
The Association of Bay Area Health Officials, representing 12 Bay Area Health Officers and their local health jurisdictions, has stated that they strongly support the California Department of Public Health's strategy to continue with current masking guidance until June 15, when the State will align with the CDC's masking guidance. With large numbers of residents across the State still unvaccinated, not yet fully vaccinated, or not eligible to be vaccinated, the wearing of masks now will help ensure the health and safety of those who are not fully protected from the coronavirus.
Safe, Effective COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children, Ages 12 and Up - issued May 13, 2021
Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 has been proven safe for children, ages 12 and up. The written consent of a parent or guardian will be required at the time of appointment registration and the physical presence of a parent or guardian at time of vaccination is preferred.
On May 12, both the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Western States Scientific Safety Review (WSSSR) both agreed that the Pfizer vaccine can be safely administered to children, ages 12 and older, to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19.
The vaccine will be available at some providers immediately and will become available soon at others.
- Visit MyTurn.CA.gov to find clinics and pharmacies that are offering the Pfizer vaccine and have open appointments for patients 12 and older.
- Reach out to your health care provider to see when they will begin vaccinating youth, ages 12-15.
- Stanford Children’s Health at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton (Drive-Through Only): Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (BCHO) will begin vaccinating the 12-15-year-old age group on Thursday, May 13. All children and youth in the community, ages 12 to 21, are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination at BCHO. Patients 12 to 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Vaccines are administered in the BCH Oakland Outpatient Center, 747-52nd Street, Oakland; Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday appointments may become available at a later date. To make an appointment, patients or caregivers should call (415) 514-1196, Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Alameda County’s Community Points of Dispensing (PODs) will start offering the Pfizer vaccine on Family Days, starting May 20. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also be available for anyone who is 18 and older. Parents, guardians, or caregivers will be able to make an appointment here: https://www.primarybio.com/r/alco-vax-signup or by calling 510-208-4VAX (4829).
Oakland Coliseum Vaccination Site to Close on May 23 - issued May 5, 2021
Alameda County and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) announced that after successfully administering nearly 250,000 doses to Alameda County residents, the Oakland Coliseum mega vaccination site will be closing. The site experienced a rapid reduction in first dose appointments over the last two weeks of April. The site closure comes as CalOES concludes its deployment on May 9 and public requests for first dose appointments at the site have dropped from 4,000/day to 400/day. The County will take over the site on May 10th and keep it open for two more weeks to complete second doses. The Pedestrian Village is only open through May 9th for individuals already scheduled for second dose appointments. Alameda County is shifting to more focused and localized options that address a changing vaccine.
All Welcome for COVID Vaccine Appointments at Axis Clinics - issued May 3, 2021
In addition to Countywide vaccination efforts, Axis Community Health clinics in Pleasanton (5925 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 100) and Livermore (3311 Pacific Ave) are offering drive-thru and walk-up appointments for ages 16 and older. Call (925) 462-1755 to schedule an appointment. Vaccinations are free and no insurance is required. Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all offered. Axis staff can accommodate multiple languages.
Places of Worship Now Allowed to Open at Full Capacity - issued April 20
Following a Supreme Court ruling, places of worship in California may now operate indoors at full capacity. While capacity limits are not mandatory, the State of California recommends continual adherence to previous guidelines, for continual safety against the pandemic.
Alameda County Public Health Department advises that to keep each other safe from the coronavirus, please continue to wear a mask when you leave home; keep at least six feet of distance from anyone not in your household; and wash your hands regularly.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expands to All Californians, Aged 16 and Older - issued April 16
All Californians, aged 16 and older, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. While eligibility has been expanded, please note that supply continues to be a challenge that public health agencies are working to address.
Residents are encouraged to get the vaccine through their healthcare provider, or check local vaccine availability at myturn.ca.gov. Alameda County residents can also sign up through the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency to be notified when vaccination appointments become available. Appointments are more readily available at the Oakland Coliseum mass vaccination site.
For more updates and resources related to COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, visit https://covid-19.acgov.org/index.page.
Oakland Coliseum Remains an Active Vaccination Site for Alameda County Residents - issued April 12
The Oakland Coliseum Mega Vaccination Site will remain active for the next four weeks under an agreement between the Counties of Alameda and Contra Costa and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The decision comes at the conclusion of a Federally-supported pilot project to establish Community Vaccination Centers. The feasibility of continuing operations beyond the four weeks is under review. The site is expected to deliver up to 6,000 vaccines per day.
The site is open to those who live or work in the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa only, and operates Monday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with 17 drive-thru lanes, as well as walk-up appointments accessible by fare-free rides with AC Transit and BART.
Vaccine appointments can continue to be made through the State’s MyTurn.ca.gov website or by calling 833-422-4255.
Governor Newsom Announces Plans to Reopen California by June 15 - issued April 6, 2021
Governor Newsom announced today that on June 15, all industries across the state can return to usual operations, as long as people continue to wear masks and get vaccinated. The standards for this "re-opening" include: (1) Having a vaccine supply that is sufficient for people 16 years of age and older to receive a shot within two weeks, and (2) there is a consistent low burden of disease (i.e., stable and low hospitalizations). The State may revisit the June 15 date depending on the progress made with vaccinations and a continued decrease in COVID-19 illnesses.
Alameda County Moves Into Less-Restrictive Orange Tier, Allowing for Additional Activities - issued March 30, 2021
With the State of California's announcement today 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:
- 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.
COVID-19 Testing Site at Alameda County Fairgrounds to Relocate to Livermore Location - issued March 18, 2021
As COVID-19 testing demand has dropped in recent weeks, Stanford Healthcare - Valley Care will consolidate its testing operations and relocate the site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds to an existing testing site in Livermore, effective April 1. The Livermore site is located at 1111 E. Stanley Boulevard in Livermore. That site is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to noon. While appointments are preferred, same day access without an appointment is available by calling 925-734-3376
The scope of testing services at the Livermore location will include:
- Patients presenting with or without a physician order
- Access to scheduled appointment times, including same-day availability
By consolidating testing sites, additional personnel and resources can be deployed for COVID-19 vaccine administration.
Since the beginning of operations in April 2020 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, nearly 32,000 tests were administered. During peak months, an average of 200 tests were administered per day.
Livermore COVID-19 testing location map and related information.
State of California Allows for Additional Activities in the Red Tier - updated March 11, 2021
The State of California updated its public health guidance today, allowing for additional operations in the Red Tier of the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." Breweries, wineries, and distilleries that do not serve meals can now open outdoors with modifications. The modifications include ensuring that patrons have reservations and observe a 90-minute time limit at the site. On-site consumption must end by 8:00 p.m. Bars that do not serve meals must remain closed under Red Tier guidelines.
Additionally, beginning June 1, overnight sleepaway camps will be allowed to resume with modifications in the Red, Orange, and Yellow tiers.
Alameda County Moves Back to the Red Tier Beginning March 10 - issued March 9, 2021
With COVID-19 cases on the decline and vaccination rates rising, Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Anthony Moss has announced that the County will move back to the Red Tier in the State's "Blueprint for Safer Economy," beginning Wednesday, March 10.
Businesses and activities permitted to open indoors, with capacity restrictions and modifications:
- Restaurants: 25 percent maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Retail: 50 percent maximum capacity and food courts permitted with indoor dining restrictions
- Grocery stores: full capacity while following retail industry guidance
- Movie Theaters: 25 percent maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums: 25 percent maximum capacity
- Gyms, fitness centers, and studios (including at hotels): 10 percent maximum capacity; climbing walls are permitted
Limited gatherings of no more than three households are also now permitted indoors under State guidance, but outdoors is still strongly encouraged. Masks and physical distancing are still required for these gatherings, and anyone who is experiencing symptoms must not attend. Per state guidance, singing, shouting, chanting, or cheering are strongly discouraged and not permitted indoors. Those at high risk of severe illness are strongly encouraged not to attend. Large gatherings are still prohibited.
The guidelines will also allow for the resumption of the following activities beginning on April 1:
- Outdoor sports and live performances with fans/attendees: 20 percent maximum capacity with advanced reservations only. Concession sales will be primarily in-seat (no concourse sales). Attendance will be limited to in-state visitors.
- Amusement parks: 15 percent maximum capacity with online ticket purchases only. Small groups with a maximum of 10 people or three household groups may attend together, but with no intergroup mixing. Indoor dining will not be permitted. Attendance will be limited to in-state visitors.
The State of California has also updated its metrics to include a California Vaccine Equity Metric, recognizing that COVID-19 has not affected all communities equally. The initial goal of the Vaccine Equity Metric is to deliver a minimum of two million doses to the hardest-hit quarter of the State as measured by the Healthy Places Index. One-point-six million doses have currently been delivered to this quarter of the State. Once the two million doses goal is reached, the State will update the "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" to allow for a slightly higher case rates in each tier, with the overall effect of allowing counties to move through the color tiers at a faster, but still measured and safe, pace.
LAVTA to Offer Free Rides to Vaccination Sites in the Tri-Valley - issued February 26, 2021
Beginning Monday, March 1, the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) will provide free rides on existing Wheels, Rapid, and Dial-a-Ride services to and from any COVID-19 vaccination site in Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton. This includes rides to hospitals, pharmacies, and other immunization sites. To receive the free ride, passengers must show physical or digital confirmation of the same-day vaccination appointment. Visit www.wheelsbus.com for more information.
Alameda County Seniors, aged 65+, May Now Book an Appointment Directly to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine - February 25, 2021
Alameda County seniors, aged 65+, can now book an appointment directly to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Proof of age and residency will be required when arriving at the Fairgrounds.
Alameda County Fairgrounds - Public Registration
Alameda County Fairgrounds to Open for Appointment-Only COVID-19 Vaccinations - issued February 16, 2021
Beginning Wednesday, February 17, the Alameda County Fairgrounds will become a COVID-19 vaccination site for those with appointments through Stanford Health Care - Valley Care, Sutter Health, and Alameda County Health Department. Supply is extremely limited and drop-ins are not allowed. Currently, these health care providers are vaccinating health care workers and patients age 65 and older.
In the coming weeks, the site will also be able to open to essential workers in the Food/Agriculture, Education/Childcare, and Emergency Services sectors.
Drive-thru lanes will be available for each vaccination provider. Visit the Alameda County Fairgrounds website for additional Vaccine Center information.
Stanford Health Care - Valley Care patients can schedule an appointment here: https://stanfordhealthcare.org/discover/covid-19-resource-center/patient-care/safety-health-vaccine-planning.html or by calling (650) 498-9000.
Sutter Health patients can schedule an appointment here: https://www.sutterhealth.org/for-patients/health-alerts/covid-19-vaccine or by calling (844) 987-6115.
Other Alameda County residents can sign up at https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines to be notified when it's their turn to be vaccinated. Appointments are by invitation only at this time.
Those with appointments can access the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton through Gate 8 off of Valley Avenue. Directional signs will lead patients to the vaccination area.
Residents may visit https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines to learn when they are eligible to make an appointment through their health care provider to receive a vaccine.
Indoor Worship Services and Cultural Ceremonies Now Allowed Under State and County Health Orders - issued February 8, 2021
In response to a recent judicial ruling, indoor worship services and cultural ceremonies, such as weddings and funerals, will now be allowed, with modifications and at 25% maximum capacity, under the current State and County Health Order. Alameda County is currently in the Purple Tier of the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Governor Newsom Lifts Current Shelter-in-Place Order - issued January 25, 2021
Governor Newsom has lifted the current Shelter-in-Place Order, which has been in place since December 7. Alameda County will move back to the restrictive Purple Tier in the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" as of 11:59 p.m. tonight, January 25.
Sectors which will be allowed to continue operating indoors, with modifications, include:
- 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 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
Sectors which will be allowed to operate outdoors, with modifications, include:
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Cardrooms and racetracks
- Family centers and movie theaters
- 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
COVID-19 Vaccines: Sign Up to Get Notified When it's Your Turn - issued January 13, 2021
Alameda County Public Health Department has created registration forms for residents, employers, and health care providers to inform you when it is your turn to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The County is following the State's prioritization framework, which is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. How quickly the vaccine will be distributed to different groups will be based on the vaccine supply provided to the County.
The County is currently in the first phase (Phase 1A) of vaccine distribution, and anticipates beginning Phase 1B in February (as vaccine supply allows). These confidential forms are not a registration to receive a vaccine, but are to inform you of the status of distribution. Completing the form helps the County in its planning efforts. In the meantime, the County urges everyone to protect themselves from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance from others, avoiding crowds, and washing hands frequently.
For more information, and to complete the form, please visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/vaccines..
State of California Extends Current Shelter-in-Place Order Until Further Notice - issued January 9, 2020
Due to a severe decrease in ICU capacity across the Bay Area and other regions, the State of California has extended its current Shelter-in-Place Order for the region until further notice. With current ICU capacity at just three-percent, and COVID cases on the rise, the State could not estimate how long the current Order will last.
Residents are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and continue to wear a mask whenever going out for essential business or outdoor exercise.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit www.dublin.ca.gov/coronavirus..
State of California Expected to Extend Current Shelter-in-Place Order - issued January 8, 2020
The State of California is expected to announce on Saturday, January 9, that the current regional Shelter-in-Place Order will remain in effect until the Bay Area Region meets or exceeds 15% ICU capacity. Currently, the ICU capacity in our region is at 3.5% capacity. Alameda County cannot act on its current Order until the State formally announces the status of our region.
The County also announced that the region is experiencing the greatest surge in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. All residents are encouraged to remain at home, and to wear a mask whenever going out for essential needs.
Read the full press release from Alameda County Public Health Department.
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Bay Area Jurisdictions Extend Stay-at-Home Order Through January 7, 2021 - issued December 16, 2020
Due to I.C.U. capacity falling below the 15-percent threshold in the Bay Area Region, Alameda County and seven other Bay Area jurisdictions have extended the most recent Stay-at-Home Order through January 7, 2021. However, because the County's restrictions already align with the State of California's restrictions, no additional changes have been made to the Order.
If, after three weeks, the ICU capacity meets or exceeds the 15-percent threshold, the Order could be lifted. Alameda County reports that the week ending on December 12 was the worst week of the pandemic so far in the County, with 5,000 new COVID cases reported. All residents are asked to stay at home as much as possible, avoid all gatherings, and wear a mask when it becomes necessary to leave home.
Alameda County Announces Plans for Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution - December 14, 2020
Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that it expects to receive its initial supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as early as December 15. The first shipment, containing 12,675 doses, will be distributed to frontline hospital workers and 9-1-1 first responders, as they are at the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19. Residents and staff at long-term care facilities will be next to receive the vaccine. Additional doses of the vaccine are expected in the coming weeks.
Phase Two of vaccine distribution would go to essential and critical infrastructure workers; older adults; people with underlying health conditions; and those in jail or prison or living in other group settings. Phase Three will be distributed to children, young adults, and people working in lower risk settings. Phase Four will include those not in the first three phases.
The County's vaccine planning includes community education and engagement; health care systems coordination; and immunization logistics for the coordination of distribution.
Outdoor Playgrounds Now Open Again for Use - December 9, 2020
The State of California has reversed its health order regarding the use of outdoor playgrounds. While indoor playgrounds and recreation sites remain closed, outdoor playgrounds will be re-opened, but visitors must comply with certain requirements:
- Face masks worn over the mouth and nose are required for everyone two years of age or older, with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
- Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of six feet or when the capacity limit has been reached.
- Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least six feet apart.
- Families should consider visiting playgrounds on different times or days to avoid wait times and potentially crowded areas.
- No eating or drinking is allowed in playground area, in order to ensure face masks are worn at all times.
- Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
- Elderly persons or those with underlying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.
- Limit visit to 30 minutes per day when others are present.
Alameda County to Adopt State's Regional Stay-at-Home Restrictions Beginning Monday, December 7 - issued December 4
Alameda County Public Health announced today that the County, along with other Bay Area jurisdictions, will adopt the State of California's Regional Stay-at-Home framework, beginning Monday, December 7, at 12:01 a.m., through Monday, January 4, 2021. During this time, all private gatherings and non-essential travel are prohibited.
The area Public Health Officers believe that this early action is needed because the number of new cases is rising rapidly in the region, and more cases are expected as a result of Thanksgiving gatherings. Hospitalizations are already matching the peak seen during the summer and there is a high risk of exhausting the system's capacity. This is a regional issue because hospitals provide overflow capacity for neighboring jurisdictions, and our neighboring counties have seen rapid increases in the past two weeks.
During this time, all private gatherings and non-essential travel are prohibited and the following activities are restricted:
- K-12 Schools - Only schools that are currently offering in-person learning may continue to be open.
- Non-urgent Medical and Dental Care - Open, with modifications.
- Childcare and Pre-K - Open, with modifications.
- Stand-alone Grocery Stores - Permitted indoors at 35% capacity with entrance metering. Eating and drinking are prohibited in stores, and masks are required to be worn. Special hours must be made available for seniors and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Retail and Shopping Centers - Permitted indoors at 20% capacity with entrance metering. Eating and drinking are prohibited in stores, and masks are required to be worn. Special hours must be made available for seniors and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Restaurants - Take-out and delivery, only.
- Hotels and Lodging - Open for critical infrastructure support, only.
- Offices - Remote work, only, except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
- Indoor Playgrounds - Closed. Order amended on December 9 to allow for outdoor playgrounds to be open.
- Indoor Recreational Facilities - Closed, except for indoor pools which teach drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors.
- Hair Salons/Barbershops - Closed
- Personal Care Services - Closed
- Limited Services - Closed, unless identified as Critical Infrastructure per State of California. Those deemed non-essential, including shoe repair, pet groomers, and dog walkers, can be open with curbside pickup and drop-off only.
- Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums - Closed
- Wineries - Closed
- Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries - Closed
- Family Entertainment Facilities - Closed
- Amusement Parks - Closed
- Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering - Closed
- Outdoor Recreational Facilities - Outdoor operations, only; no food, drink, or alcohol sales permitted. Overnight campground stays are prohibited.
- Places of Worship and Political Expression - Outdoors, only; limited to 100 people for places of worship.
Governor Newsom Issues Regional Stay-at-Home Order - December 3, 2020
Governor Newsom has announced a new regional stay-at-home order that is directly tied to hospital ICU capacity. Currently, the Bay Area will likely be subject to the new stay-at-home order by mid-to-late December.
Continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing. For more information about the new order, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#regional-stay-home-order.
Curfew Imposed by State of California to Help Curb COVID-19 - November 19, 2020
With the recent increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout California, Dr. Erica Pan, the State's Acting Public Health Director, has called for a 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew for all communities that are in the Purple Tier of the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." Those conducting essential business during those hours or are traveling to and from work are exempt. The curfew will be in effect from Saturday, November 21, at 10:00 p.m., through Monday, December 21, at 5:00 a.m. The order may be extended or revised as needed.
The State has explained that this Order does not prevent restaurants from operating after 10:00 p.m. for takeout and does not prevent people from going to the grocery store or pharmacy for essential needs, or walking their dog in their neighborhood.
Further Restrictions in Place Due to Increase in COVID-19 Cases - November 16, 2020
Due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the State of California, 41 counties in California, including Alameda County, have been moved back to the Purple Tier - the most restrictive tier in the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." The City of Dublin has yet to hear whether the Alameda County Health Officer is planning to further restrict activities beyond what’s included in the State mandate. Once that information is known, the City will share it with the public.
Sectors which will be allowed to continue operating indoors, with modifications, include:
- Critical infrastructure
- Hair salons and barbershops
- All retail with a maximum 25% occupancy
- Shopping centers and malls with a maximum 25% occupancy; common areas and food courts must remain closed.
- Personal Care Services, such as nail salons
- Hotels and and other lodging
- Limited Services (e.g., laundromats, dry cleaners, auto repair, landscapers, janitorial, home repair, contractors, etc.)
Sectors which can remain open, but must operate outdoors, with modifications, include:
- Gatherings (with a maximum of three households participating).
- Outdoor playgrounds and recreational facilities
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums
- Places of Worship
- Movie theaters
- Family Entertainment Centers (Kart Racing • Mini Golf • Batting Cages)
- Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering
Sectors which must remain closed:
- Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries (where no meal provided)
- Bowling Alleys, Ice Skating, Roller Skating, Arcades, Indoor Playgrounds
- Amusement Parks
- Live audience sports
To prevent further spread of COVID-19, residents are asked to avoid gathering with people outside of one's household; limit activities; and continue to wear masks or other face coverings when outside of the home.
View the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure.
Read the revised Health Order (dated November 17).
Alameda County Health Officer Announces a Pause on Further Openings of Activities - November 12, 2020
Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Alameda County and the State of California, the County Health Officer has issued a pause on further openings and activities, and anticipates moving back into a more restrictive tier, based on the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy."
In recent weeks, the County has seen a steady climb in new COVID-19 cases reported, as well as COVID-19 hospitalizations. The County's daily new cases per 100,000 people has risen from a low of 3.4 to 4.9. If the current trend continues, Alameda County will move back into the Red Tier, and quite possibly, the very restrictive Purple Tier.
With the holiday season approaching, and people gathering indoors, the County urges residents to be extra cautious and to wear face coverings whenever leaving home. Other recommendations are to stay at least six feet away from people outside of one's household, and to continue to wash hands frequently.
Bay Area Health Officials Issue Joint Recommendations for Safer Holidays and Travel - November 9, 2020
A joint statement was released by Bay Area Health Officers, with recommendations regarding upcoming holiday gatherings and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement recommended that holiday gatherings should only include members from one's household, as contact with extended family and friends increases the risk of getting and spreading the novel coronavirus. All gatherings should be "small, short, stable, and outdoors."
Additionally, all nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended. Travel outside of the Bay Area will increase the risk of catching and spreading the virus. For those who must travel over the holidays, the Health Officers recommend a self-quarantine of 14 days following a return to the Bay Area.
The statement also included recommendations on how to celebrate the holidays without gathering, including attending virtual parties; decorating one's home or yard; participating in drive-in events and activities; and visiting holiday-themed outdoor art installations.
Alameda County Moves Into Less-Restrictive Orange Tier, Allowing for Additional Activities - October 13
With the State of California's announcement today 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 limited capacities, beginning October 26. Additionally, the County will also allow additional outdoor activities to resume beginning Friday, October 16, including the opening of outdoor playgrounds. Families are cautioned to follow the State's playground guidelines closely, as the use of high-touch surfaces, such as play structures, pose a greater risk of spreading COVID-19. Masks are required of anyone over the age of two, and people from different families should maintain a distance of six feet from one another.
Beginning Monday, October 26, the County will also allow:
- Indoor dining up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
- Indoor worship services up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
- Indoor theaters up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
- Expansion of indoor retail and malls at up to 50% capacity and permitting limited food courts
These activities are allowed in the Red Tier. The County will not yet allow activities to resume which the State lists in the Orange Tier. The County also warns that if they see a spike in COVID-19 cases and a rise in hospitalizations, they may again place restrictions on activities. With flu season nearing, residents should continue to follow safety guidelines including washing hands regularly, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others, and wearing a mask.
Bay Area Health Officers Issue Guidance on How to Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos
As we near the month of October, when many families participate in fall gatherings and activities, Bay Area Health Officers have created guidelines for how to safely celebrate holidays such as Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.
Because typical Halloween activities, such as trick-or-treating, create a high risk for contracting COVID-19, officials are recommending "focusing on decorations, limiting activities to the people you live with, and virtual costume parties or contests."
The statement reminds Alameda County residents that local and State Health Officer Orders are still in effect, which deem gatherings, events, or parties with non-household members off-limits unless they are conducted in compliance with local and State Health Orders: https://covid-19.acgov.org/covid19-assets/docs/shelter-in-place/20-14c-social-distancing-eng.pdf
Residents are reminded to gather only with people in their social bubble (a stable group of not more than 12 people).
Read the full press release to learn which activities are considered safe, and which are considered a higher risk for contracting or spreading the coronavirus.
County Health Officer Announces the Phasing in of Some Indoor Activities - October 1
Alameda County Health officials have announced that it will allow for some additional indoor activities to resume, with limited capacity. With its position in the Red Tier, based on the State of California's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy," the County will now allow the following activities beginning Friday, October 9:
- Gyms, fitness centers, dance studios, and other exercise facilities may open at 10% capacity; restrictions on aerobic activity.
- Hotels and short-term lodging rentals may open; fitness centers and indoor pools are restricted.
- Libraries may open at 25% capacity.
- Museums, zoos, galleries, and botanical gardens may open at 25% capacity.
- Outdoor film, television, and musical production may resume.
- Personal care services (e.g., non-medical massages, skin care, waxing services, tattoos, piercings, non-medical electrolysis) may open. Services requiring the removal of face coverings are still prohibited.
Additionally, elementary schools may open on October 13, if individual school districts feel ready to proceed with in-person learning.
The Health Order also states that the County "will consider permitting middle and high school students to return to in-person education in four-to-twelve week phases as local disease conditions allow." The opening of elementary schools will allow the County to gauge the impact of re-opening on transmission of COVID-19.
The County also reported meeting a new equity metric required by the State, in that its testing positivity rates among the most disadvantaged neighborhoods are within the same range as the County's overall positivity rates.
Alameda County Health Officer Taking a Cautious Approach to Re-Opening - September 22, 2020
Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that the County has moved into the COVID-19 Red Tier, based on the State of California’s color-coded "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." However, the County remains cautious in allowing additional activities to resume. At this time, there is no change to which activities are allowed in the County.
For the next two weeks, through October 6, the County plans to watch the COVID-19 data to ensure that the metrics remain stable before opening up new activities. For the next phase of reopening, the County’s top priority is to bring students back to the classrooms for in-person learning.
Alameda County Public Health Department Announces Nail Salons are Now Allowed to Operate Indoors - September 25, 2020
The Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that nail salons operating indoors with appropriate safety measures would add minimal risks to customers and staff, thus allowing the operation of indoor nail salons, effective immediately.
Alameda County Vehicle-Based Gathering Order Updated – September 14, 2020
Effective September 14, 2020, the Alameda County Health Officer updated the Vehicle-Based Gathering Order to allow some additional car-based gatherings for live performances and entertainment. The updated Order now permits live performances including entertainment like musical, theatrical and artistic performances, lectures, presentations, movie showings, as well as religious and cultural ceremonies. Gatherings may now include up to 400 cars and concessions are permitted to be sold at events with restrictions, including requirements that concessions be purchased in advance and for pick-up during assigned times to avoid gathering in lines.
Hosts of live performances for more than 200 vehicles are required to submit a Live Performance Plan in advance to Alameda County Public Health Department via email. The plan will include requirements for face coverings, temperature and symptoms screenings, physical distancing and cleaning and sanitization.
- Occupants of the vehicle must be from the same household and remain in the vehicle, except to use the restroom or picking up pre-purchased concessions.
- If any of the windows on a vehicle are open, all occupants of the vehicle must wear a face covering in conformance with the Face Covering Order.
- Vehicles must be parked at least six feet apart from other vehicles.
- For clarity, an enclosed motor vehicle does not include a motorcycle, a convertible with the top open, the open rear floor of a pickup truck, a vehicle with no doors, or a bicycle.
Alameda County Health Order to Allow for Indoor Operation of Barbershops and Hair Salons - September 3, 2020
The latest Health Order, issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department on Wednesday, September 2, now allows for the indoor operation of barbershops and hair salons, beginning Friday, September 4. The Order also allows for additional outdoor dance classes and non-contact fitness classes. Shared play structures are to remain closed.
The Alameda County Health Order issued on Friday, August 28, placed restrictions on the number of people gathering in grocery stores and retail establishments in order to ensure proper social distancing. Schools must also continue to provide distance learning only. That Order, effective August 31, states:
- Grocery and other food stores must operate at 50% capacity.
- Malls and indoor retail stores may open with 25% capacity.
Guidance for hair salons and barbershops can be found here.
The State of California recently announced a shift from its Monitoring List to a color-coded, four-tier blueprint for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Alameda County is in the Purple Tier. In order to allow in-person learning, the County must be able to move into the Red Tier and remain so for 14 days. To move into the Red Tier, the County’s case rate will need to be between 4-7 new cases per day per 100,000 residents, and a positive testing rate between 5-8%.
New Alameda County Health Order Expands Retail Openings with Limits on Capacity - August 31, 2020
Previous Order Also Allows for the Expansion of Further Outdoor Activities
On Friday, August 28, the Alameda County Health Officer issued a new Health Order, allowing for further openings and activities in the County, but restricting the number of people gathering in one place to ensure proper social distancing. Schools must also continue to provide distance learning only. The Order, effective August 31, states:
- Grocery and other food stores must operate at 50% capacity.
- Malls and indoor retail stores may open with 25% capacity.
To determine the allowed occupancy of commercial space, visit https://dublin.ca.gov/2177/COVID-19-Business-Impacts
The Health Officer will continue to monitor several key indicators when moving forward with future expansion of businesses and recreational activities:
- The trends in the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per day.
- Capacity of hospitals and the health system in the County and region.
- The supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) available for hospital staff and other healthcare providers and personnel who need PPE to safely respond to and treat COVID-19 patients.
- The ability and capacity to quickly and accurately test persons to determine whether they are COVID-19 positive, especially those in vulnerable populations or high-risk settings or occupations.
- The ability to conduct case investigation and contact tracing for the volume of cases and associated contacts that will continue to occur, isolating confirmed cases and quarantining persons who have had contact with confirmed cases.
A previous Health Order, which went into effect on August 28, allowed for the further expansion of outdoor activities, including outdoor public swimming pools; outdoor personal care services; and outdoor tastings at wineries, with some restrictions. That Order allows for the reopening of outdoor hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, waxing services, skin care, and non-medical massages. However, services that require a client to remove their face covering, as well as eyebrow threading, waxing, and eyelash treatments, are still prohibited. Tattoo, piercing, and electrolysis businesses are also not allowed to resume at this time.
Wineries in Alameda County may offer outdoor tastings by appointment, without needing to provide food. However, this does not apply to bars, breweries, pubs, or brewpubs.
The Dublin Wave is now offering lap swimming/water walking activities, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Visit http://www.thedublinwave.com/217/Fitness-Swimming-Water-Walking to reserve a lane.
Guidance for operation of outdoor personal services, outdoor pools, and other industries and businesses that have reopened can be found here. All businesses must complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan, and protocols and procedures to protect customers and employees from COVID-19 must be in place prior to reopening.
July 15, 2020 - Outdoor Dining Allowed to Continue in Alameda County While Worship Services Must Move Outdoors
Alameda County’s Variance Attestation has been approved by the State of California, which now allows for the continuation of outdoor dining throughout the County. However, the State of California has also added Alameda County to a COVID-19 Monitoring List, which means that worship services must occur outdoors with social distancing and safety precautions in place. Indoor malls must also close for at least three weeks, which will not affect Dublin retailers.
The Health Order states that while outdoor dining may continue, face coverings are required at ALL times and may only be removed during the physical act of eating or drinking.
June 29, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer Issues a "Pause" on Reopening
Due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the region, the Alameda County Public Health Department as announced that it will be taking a "pause" on its reopening plans. While certain indicators in measuring progress in combating the illness, such as testing capacity and hospital inpatient bed capacity, have been favorable, the increase in recent hospitalizations has been a cause for some concern.
The Health Department advises that residents continue to protect themselves and others by wearing face coverings and staying six feet away from others in public; staying home as much as possible, particularly when ill; and washing hands frequently.
June 19 - Alameda County Public Health Order Revised to Allow Additional Activities to Resume
Following last week’s announcement that the Alameda County Health Officer would soon be allowing for a greater relaxation of the Shelter-in-Place Order, a new Order has been officially released, allowing certain activities to resume, effective June 19.
The Order allows:
- Small gatherings of individuals from different households or living units (a "Social Bubble") to take place in outdoor spaces; no one should be a member of more than one Social Bubble
- Childcare providers to provide care to all children, not just children of essential workers
- Educational institutions to offer career internship and pathways programs
- Libraries to open for curbside pickup of books and other media
- Replaces the prior Order’s Social Distancing Protocol with a Site-Specific Protection Plan for businesses allowed to operate under the Order
- Allows certain business providing services with limited person-to-person contact, including appliance repair and pet grooming services, to resume operations
- Permitted indoor/outdoor, including malls
- Stores must limit capacity to 50% of normal maximum capacity or the number of people who can maintain a distance of six feet from each other at all times, whichever is lower
- Stores may move goods outside for display or sales if local permits allow
- Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) recommends continuing curbside and delivery services as much as possible
Religious and Cultural Ceremonies
- Limited to fewer than 100 people or 25% of the building/area capacity, whichever is lower
- Permitted indoors or outdoors; ACPHD strongly recommends a limit of 25 participants
- ACPHD strongly recommends continuing virtual services
- Food and beverage sales/distribution are discouraged
- Local guidance includes recommended modifications for common practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission
First Amendment Events
- Outdoor, in-person political gathering or protest permitted
- Everyone should wear face coverings and stay six feet apart
- Outdoor seating arrangements limited to six people per table, all from same household or same Social Bubble
- Tables must be six-feet apart
- Entertainment events not allowed
- Restaurant must comply with relevant laws, regulations, and permitting requirements
- Takeout and delivery options strongly encouraged
- Alcohol sales:
- Alameda County is not a Variance County at this time, and restaurants seeking a Temporary Catering Permit to serve alcohol outdoor from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control may experience delays
- Wineries with on-site restaurants may do tastings with food pairings outdoors
- Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries that do not provide sit-down meals themselves can contract with another vendor to do so. The alcohol must be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
- Bars must remain closed to the public, but may provide pickup/takeaway service with the sales of bona fide meals. These meals may be provided by an affiliate restaurant or by a food service provider that partners with the bar. Alcohol and meal delivery must occur in the same transaction at the same location.
Outdoor Fitness Classes
- Limited to 12 people at a time, spaced at least 6 feet apart at all times
- Person-to-person contact prohibited
- Sharing equipment is prohibited
Outdoor Museums, Outdoor Historical Sites, and Publicly Accessible Gardens
- Members of the public may not access any indoor components of site
- Humans should maintain six feet physical distance from one another at all times
- Common water facilities should not be used
- Signage must be posted to tell people to avoid entering if they have a fever or cough
- Colleges may resume non-contact training activities with strict physical distancing
- Must be in stable groups of 12 or fewer
Please note that all travel, except for essential travel, is still prohibited.
June 18 - Governor Newsom Announces Face Covering Order
Governor Newsom has ordered that starting today, Californians must wear face coverings in common areas and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible.
June 12, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer to Allow More Activities Beginning June 19
Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan plans to allow more activities, including all retail, outdoor dining, outdoor museums, outdoor fitness, and limited religious beginning on Friday, June 19, throughout Alameda County.
While pickup and delivery services are still encouraged, indoor and outdoor retail, and outdoor dining will be allowed, as long as social distancing and safety measures are in place. These align with State guidelines. Likewise, religious services will be permitted to resume for up to 100 people or 25 percent of building capacity, whichever is lower. However, religious leaders are encouraged to continue to provide virtual services and provide services outdoors.
In light of these less-restrictive orders, "employers are advised to implement COVID-19 health screenings before staff enters a facility," and employees are expected to complete a self-assessment and stay home from work if they are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.
Residents are also encouraged to continue to practice good hygiene, especially in washing hands; wear face coverings outside the home; maintain proper social distancing; and limit contact with people outside of their Social Bubble.
COVID-19 testing will continue at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for at least the next four weeks for residents, age 10 and older, of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Testing may end earlier than 1:00 p.m. if staff runs out of test kits. If that occurs, a sign will be posted at Gate 12 off of Valley Avenue. There is no cost for residents.
June 8 - Face Covering Order Expanded
An Order which became effective on Monday, June 8, states that "face coverings must be worn at all times by all members of the public, including outdoors while engaged in physical activities - walking, running, biking, etc. - and within 30 feet of people outside their household." However, a person is not required to wear a face covering during the entire duration of their activity, but should carry a face covering for easy access should they come within 30 feet of another individual. Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face covering, and children two years old or younger should not wear a face covering.
Alameda County COVID-19 Reopening Plan
June 5, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer Updates Shelter-in-Place Restrictions and Broadens Face Covering Order
In two new orders issued today by Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan, shelter-in-place restrictions are slightly relaxed, while face covering rules have been expanded.
Effective Monday, June 8, the Shelter-in-Place Order will allow for:
- Small gatherings of individuals from different households to take place in outdoor settings, subject to certain conditions;
- Childcare workers to provide care to all children, not just children of essential workers; youth extracurricular activities may resume under certain conditions;
- Educational institutions to resume career internship and pathways programs;
- Libraries to open for curbside pickup of books and other media;
- Certain businesses providing services with limited person-to-person contact, including appliance repair and pet grooming services, to resume operations.
Small outdoor gatherings are also permitted for people belonging to the same Social Bubble (a group of 12 or fewer people from different households):
- Participation is restricted to only one Social Bubble at a time;
- The Social Bubble group should be maintained for three weeks;
- Members of a Social Bubble are encouraged to comply with Social Distancing Requirements and wear face coverings when feasible.
The Order also states that "residents can expect that outdoor museums, outdoor restaurant dining, religious services, and additional outdoor activities, such as outdoor fitness classes, will resume in phases in upcoming relaxations to the Shelter-in-Place restrictions."
A second Order issued today from Dr. Pan broadens the current Face Covering Order. The new Order goes into effect on Monday, June 8, and says that "face coverings must be worn at all times by all members of the public, including outdoors while engaged in physical activities - walking, running, biking, etc. - and within 30 feet of people outside their household." However, a person is not required to wear a face covering during the entire duration of their activity, but should carry a face covering for easy access should they come within 30 feet of another individual. Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face covering, and children two years old or younger should not wear a face covering.
Alameda County Public Health Department has also issued a plan for the further expansion of activities:
May 18, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer Issues New Orders Allowing Additional Restricted Business Operations
The Alameda County Health Officer has issued new orders today, allowing some additional businesses to resume operations on a limited scale, and permitting highly regulated vehicle-based gatherings.
Given that new cases of COVID-19 have been stable or decreasing, allowing for sufficient capacity in local hospitals, and daily testing for the virus has increased each day, Bay Area health officers issued a joint statement, allowing for retail establishments to begin storefront pick-up; and enabling manufacturing, warehousing, and logistical operations that support retail businesses to also resume. All businesses in operation must follow social distancing and public health guidance to protect its employees and customers. Businesses must continue to enforce physical distancing which includes:
- Continuing teleworking for those employees who can do so.
- Staggering employee breaks.
- Training employees on proper methods to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Establish disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning of businesses.
- The wearing of protective face coverings and maintaining a distance of six feet from other employees.
These orders do not include the opening of office workplaces, malls, or restaurants (other than for take-out dining).
The new order also allows for vehicle-based gatherings of up to 200 cars for up to three-hour events. The car gatherings must be invitation-only events with security present. Occupants must be of the same household; wear face coverings if car windows are open; and remain in cars at all times (other than to use a restroom). No food or drink at these gatherings will be permitted.
Residents are still to shelter at home; wear facial coverings when visiting essential businesses; and maintaining a distance of six feet of others.
Update on Businesses Restrictions and Allowable Business Operations
Alameda County Health Order Summary - May 18
May 8, 2020 - Dublin City Council Approves Small Business Emergency Microloan Program
To help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19, the Dublin City Council recently approved the establishment of a Small Business Emergency Microloan Program. The objective of the program is to offer financial assistance to Dublin small businesses, with a focus on retaining local restaurants and retailers within Dublin to augment state and federal financial assistance programs.
The program provides zero-interest, unsecured, short-term loans of up to $10,000 to eligible Dublin small businesses. The loan program offers a forgiveness component for those businesses that meet the longevity and/or the sales tax generation requirements.
The City of Dublin has created a microloan webpage, which details loan eligibility requirements and restrictions, as well as the application process.
May 7, 2020 - Current Health Orders Remain in Effect Throughout Alameda County
While Governor Newsom announced the easing of some restrictions as California moves into the second phase of reopening the State’s economy, most Bay Area counties, including Alameda County, have announced that some phases - including allowing curbside pick-up from some non-essential retailers - will NOT be allowed per the State’s announcement. Read the press release from the Bay Area counties.
May 4, 2020 - Governor Newsom Provides Update on Planned Stage 2 Reopening of the State
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that some businesses and employers in the retail, manufacturing, and logistics sectors may be able to reopen as early as Friday, May 8, if they can meet the guidelines provided by the State. Not all Stage 2 businesses will be able to open Friday with modifications. Some examples of businesses that may be able to open with modifications include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores.
Other Stage 2 sectors, such as offices and dine-in restaurants, will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. The State is also working with school districts and the California education community to determine how best and safely to reopen schools at some point.
While the State will be moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2, counties can choose to continue more restrictive measures in place based on their local conditions, and the State expects some counties to keep their more robust stay-at-home orders in place beyond May 8.
May 4, 2020 - A Recording of the "Pivoting Your Business in Response to COVID-19" Webinar is Now Available.
If you missed last week’s free webinar, "Pivoting Your Business in Response to COVID-19," presented by the City of Dublin and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, you can now view a recording of the webinar at https://youtu.be/dTbg2KuY3Wc.
Dublin Mayor David Haubert, Dublin Chamber CEO Inge Houston, and the City’s Economic Development staff were joined by four Dublin businesses that have pivoted their business model in response to COVID-19. The panelists included Nikki Pham, owner of Boba Bliss; John Samples, owner of INC 82 Brewing; Ron Kodl, co-owner and President of Shapes Fitness for Women - Dublin; and Patricia Cornet, Vice President of Marketing at Vagaro.
May 1, 2020 - Applying for a Building Permit During the Shelter-in-Place Order
With the recent changes to the Shelter-in-Place Order as it relates to construction, please visit the City’s Building Division webpage to apply for a Building Permit.
April 30, 2020 - Governor Newsom Announces New Online Portal to Help Parents Find Child Care Options
Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a new online portal to help parents, including essential workers and vulnerable families, to find "safe, reliable, and accessible child care options." Read more: https://bit.ly/2Yrn9B9
April 29, 2020 - Shelter-in-Place Order Extended to May 31
While efforts taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been effective, local health officers say that risk to public health remains. New health orders issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department extend the current Shelter-in-Place Orders through May 31, with the easing of some restrictions.
The Health Officer Order requires that most people continue to stay home unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities" or to engage in certain low-risk activities, which include:
- Performing tasks or activities essential to personal or family health and safety;
- Obtaining necessary services and supplies, including perishable goods, food, and medical supplies;
- Performing work providing essential products and services;
- Engaging in outdoor activity, including to take care of pets, going on a walk, or exercising - as long as individuals do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between each other.
The Order allows a limited number of additional Essential Businesses and certain lower risk Outdoor Businesses to resume operating:
- All construction projects that follow the Construction Project Safety Protocols included with the order in Appendix B;
- All real estate transactions, with restrictions on open houses and limited tours;
- Childcare, camps, and educational/recreation programs that provide care for children of people who are allowed to work outside of their homes;
- Outdoor businesses such as nurseries, landscaping, and agriculture that normally operated outdoors prior to the shelter-in-place orders; and
- Use of certain outdoor recreational facilities, as long as social distancing procedures are in place.
- As a condition of operating under this Order, the operators of all businesses must prepare or update, post, implement, and distribute to their personnel a Social Distancing Protocol for each of their facilities frequented by personnel or members of the public.
Read the Shelter-in-Place Order dated April 29, 2020.
April 23, 2020 - Alameda County Social Services Agency Introduces a Food Distribution and Services Map
Alameda County Social Services Agency, in conjunction with Alameda County Emergency Operations Center, Alameda County Community Food Bank, and other community partners, has created an online resource to connect residents with food distribution sites and other essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information provided is meant to be as comprehensive as possible, which includes dates and time of operation, a description of services provided and location information. County residents are encouraged to visit the website early and often – resource information will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.
View the map: http://www.acgov.org/maps/food-services.htm
April 22, 2020 - Governor Newsom Introduces "Californians for All"
Governor Newsom has introduced "Californians for All," a new website to organize volunteers throughout the State. To sign up, visit: https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/signup/
April 17, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer Issues New Order Requiring Use of Masks
Alameda County Public Health Department has issued a new order REQUIRING members of the public and workers to wear face coverings or masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020, but provides for a grace period in enforcement until 8:00 a.m. on April 22, 2020. While the purpose of the grace period is to allow people and businesses time to implement the requirements of the Order, they should comply as soon as possible within the time frame.
Face coverings can be made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. Medical-grade masks are not required.
April 8, 2020
A COVID-19 mobile testing station is now operating in the Stanford Health Care/ValleyCare Medical Center parking lot (5555 W. Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton). ANYONE with a physician’s order and non-acute symptoms can be tested. Call 650-736-5211 for an appointment. The site is open Monday to Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., in parking lot F.
Stanford Medicine also has testing locations and capacity throughout Pleasanton. Patients that are part of Stanford Community of Physicians can visit the location at 5725 Stoneridge Dr. This is a drive-through for non-acute symptoms. https://med.stanford.edu/…/stanford-offers-drive-through-co…
April 4, 2020
Martin Canyon Creek Trail has been reopened. Please keep social distancing in mind when walking the trail.
April 2, 2020 Update:
Martin Canyon Creek Trail has been closed.
April 1, 2020 Update:
Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered that all public schools in California shall remain closed for the duration of the academic school year to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent. Most schools, however, are providing distance learning.
March 31, 2020 Update: New Shelter-in-Place Order Issued by Alameda Country Through May 3
Due to the increased number of cases of the novel coronavirus in the Bay Area, putting a strain on healthcare resources, Alameda County, and six other jurisdictions, have extended the "shelter in place" order for all residents through Sunday, May 3. The previous order was set to expire on April 7. The new order includes additional restrictions on businesses and recreation. Some of the changes include:
- Use of areas that encourage social gathering including playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, outdoor gym equipment, and barbecue areas is now prohibited.
- Use of shared recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. Sports that require people to share the same ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
- Essential businesses are directed to prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol at each of their facilities by April 3.
- Most construction - residential and commercial - is prohibited.
- Funerals are limited to no more than 10 attendees.
- The list of essential businesses now includes service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries; title companies; Realtors; etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies; rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities.
- Essential businesses must scale down their operations to include essential services only.
- Landscapers and similar service professionals may only provide services that are necessary to maintain the sanitation, habitability, or operation of residences or businesses, or for safety reasons. They may not provide services that are cosmetic or for general upkeep.
The directive allows for people to go shopping for necessary food and supplies, accessing essential healthcare, and providing assistance to family and friends in need. Getting outdoor exercise is deemed alright as long as people maintain a distance of six feet from others. Grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinary services, gas stations, auto repair shops, hardware stores, banks, and laundry services may remain open; restaurants may stay open to provide takeout food only.
All residents are to work from home, or stop working, unless they provide an essential service, such as health care workers; police, fire, and other emergency responders; and utility providers, including sanitation workers, plumbers, and electricians. Police have been given the authority to enforce the “shelter-in-place” order.
Per the most recent Shelter-in-Place Order, all City of Dublin dog parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf courses, public picnic areas, and barbecue sites have been cordoned off.
March 21 Update:
The City of Dublin has closed all playgrounds at Dublin parks.
Alameda County Announces a "Shelter-in-Place Order" Until April 7; City of Dublin Declares a State of Emergency
Community Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please contact any one of the following agencies for help or services during this COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our local non-profit partners can provide information or essential services, such as food; health care and supplies; or crisis support.
Alameda County Food Distribution and Essential Services Site Map
Axis Community Health http://www.axishealth.org/
CityServe of the Tri-Valley
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County https://www.crisissupport.org/
Open Heart Kitchen
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
https://www.ssptv.org/donate.html Also in need of volunteers.
Spectrum Community Services - Meals on Wheels
2-1-1 Eden I & R
Stanford Valley Care
Supply and Equipment Donations Instructions
Local Facebook Group: Tri-Valley Community Help During Shelter In Place
To provide health or volunteer support, please also contact these agencies at the links provided.