Planning Resources for Business Re-Opening

As businesses begin to plan for re-opening, the following may be helpful resources.

Date Posted: May 6th, 2020 @ 6:38 PM
Last Updated: July 2nd, 2020 @ 2:13 PM

On June 18, Alameda County just released an Order Update which takes effect 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020.

The order will continue to be in effect until it is rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer.

See Alameda County's COVID Recovery Page for relevant attachments.

The Alameda County Health Officer continues tracking progress on the five key indicators, to determine when our community is safe to move to the next stage of relaxing shelter-in-place restrictions.

Face Covering Sign for Businesses by Alameda County (PDF): ENGLISH | SPANISH | CHINESE (Simplified) | CHINESE (Traditional) | KOREAN | ARABIC | TAGALOG | VIETNAMESE | CAMBODIAN

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 covidrecovery@acgov.org.

Take the Re-opening and Recovery Survey

To help the City gauge COVID-19 impacts to your business and what resources would help you as you plan for re-opening and recovery, please take our brief Business Re-opening and Recovery Survey. The survey launched in English and translated copy will be added shortly.

Planning Documents

State of California industry guidelines to help businesses reduce risk and establish a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Read the guidelines, find industry-specific checklists and learn more at: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Dine-In Restaurants - Source: State of California

Guidelines for Opening Up America Again – Source: White House

Update on California’s Pandemic Roadmap – Source: State of California

Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Source: FEMA

How-To guide for re-opening your workplace – Source: Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield Webinar

SAFE Retail - Considerations for Retail Operations Post COVID-19 - Source: Target

Reopening Resources by Industry - Source: International Economic Development Council

Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation - Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention industry decision trees:

Interim Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers - Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cleaning/Disinfecting

Workplace Safety

Face Covering Required Signs in multiple languages - Source: Alameda County Public Health

Screening Guidance for Employers - Source: Alameda County Public Health
English | Arabic | Chinese (simplified) | Chinese (traditional) | Farsi | Khmer | Korean | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese

Self-Assessment Guidance for Workers - Source: Alameda County Public Health

OSHA COVID-19 Guidelines – Source: U.S. Department of Labor

OSHA Standards – Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus - Source: California Department of Industrial Relations

Oakland recently updated its Paid Sick Leave law to protect workers from COVID-19. Employers should read the new guidelines and post the regulations in a public place.

Restaurant Re-Opening Resources

As Oakland restaurants are allowed by County Order to re-open in stages, industry-specific resources are available.

How the City is supporting curbside or storefront pickup

To specifically support businesses with curbside or storefront pickup, and/or delivery, the City is taking the following steps:

1. Expediting White Curb Requests
In order to facilitate customer pick-up and delivery from Oakland businesses during the COVID-19 period, business owners can request a temporary white curb in front of their business. To request a temporary white curb, please contact Oak311 by dialing 311 or online at https://www.oaklandca.gov/services/oak311.

2. Streamlining Sidewalk and Roadway Permitting

In anticipation of further updates to Alameda County’s Shelter-in-Place Order, City departments are working to revise the permitting process for sidewalk and roadway encroachments to make it easier for retailers and restaurants to use larger portions of the sidewalk and roadway to support their businesses. The City is working to streamline permits for parklets, café seating and other uses to help businesses better meet physical distancing requirements, and anticipates issuing updated guidelines by the end of May. City departments want to hear from local businesses about how it can streamline permitting for creative ways to use larger portions of the sidewalk, adjacent parking spaces, and the broader street space to support businesses.

Learn about the Flex Streets Initiative.

Economic Recovery Advisory Council

The Economic Recovery Advisory Council will be charged with identifying both short-term recommendations to facilitate the reopening and recovery of Oakland’s economic sectors from the COVID-19 crisis, and longer-term strategies for systemic change that creates a more equitable economy into the future.

Mayor Schaaf, Vice Mayor Reid Announce Oakland Economic Recovery Advisory Council

Learn more about the Advisory Council