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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Alameda County Health Order Expands Retail Openings with Limits on Capacity

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.

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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 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.  

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