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 based on safety guidelines.
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.