January 25: The State lifted Stay Home Order allowing counties to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Alameda County provided additional guidance. Businesses and activities permitted to open include:
Outdoors only, with modifications
- Cardrooms and Racetracks
- Family Entertainment Centers and Movie Theaters
- Places of Worship and Cultural Ceremonies
- Restaurants, Wineries, and Tasting Rooms
- Zoos and Aquariums
Indoors, with modifications
- Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Hotels and Lodging (indoor gyms and fitness studios remain closed)
- Personal Care Services, including Massage, Nail Salons and Skin Care Services
- Grocery Stores may increase capacity to 50 percent
- Other Retail may increase capacity to 25 percent
January 9: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced, based on ICU data, that the Bay Area region (including Oakland and Alameda County) continues to be under the Regional Stay at Home Order. Once a region's four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%, the order will be lifted for that area. Read the full Regional Stay Home Order, Supplement to the Order, and frequently asked questions.
December 10: ABC provides industry guidance on cocktails to-go and sale of sealed containers; Alameda County will align and follow this guidance.
November 19: The State issued a Limited Stay at Home Order. Read the FAQs for additional insight. Non-essential businesses, those that are NOT defined as critical infrastructure, should end business operations at 10 p.m. Essential work is permitted to continue, and food and beverage takeout services are still permitted.
November 17: Alameda County updated their Restaurant Operating Procedures including more detailed guidance related to canopies and covered sides based on additional information received from the State: (English) (Spanish) (Chinese)
November 16: State Moves Alameda County to Purple Tier. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on November 18 previously open sectors and activities are restricted to State’s Purple Tier allowances and restrictions. Indoor dining must close. Retail store capacity is capped at 25%. Gyms and fitness centers may only operate outdoors. Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services may continue to operate indoors with modifications.
November 12: Alameda County Pauses Further Openings of Activities
See Alameda County's COVID Recovery Page for relevant attachments.
Mask On Sign for Businesses by Alameda County (PDF) in English, Chinese and Spanish
ReOpening Guide signs by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (PDF), in partnership with Oaklandish and the Economic Recovery Advisory Council, 11" x 17" signs for download. Pick up hard copies from any Oakland Chamber, Business Improvement District or CIty Council office. ENGLISH | CHINESE | SPANISH | VIETNAMESE
Businesses seeking guidance on re-opening consistent with Alameda County guidelines should email firstname.lastname@example.org.