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
- Curbside and delivery services should continue 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; Alameda County Public Health (ACPH) strongly recommends a limit of 25 participants
- ACPH 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, and the Face Covering Order of June 5 remains in effect.