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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: May 21st, 2020 @ 2:49 PM

On Monday, May 18, the Alameda County Public Health Official issued an updated Shelter-in-Place Order that allows the following businesses to operate:

See a roster of Essential, Outdoor & Additional Businesses allowed to operate in Alameda County with site specific safety plans and COVID-19 protective measures, dated May 18, 2020. This roster includes businesses and activities authorized under previous orders.

See Alameda County's COVID Recovery Page for relevant attachments, including fillable Social Distancing Protocols in multiple languages.

The seven Bay Area Health Officers continue 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. It takes approximately 2 weeks to see the effects of recently allowed activities on the indicators. Ongoing favorable results will be the deciding factors to further relaxation.

Businesses seeking guidance on re-opening consistent with Alameda County guidelines should email

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:

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


Workplace Safety

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

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

2. Business Use of Frontage Zones

The City is not requiring permits nor enforcing penalties related to the use of the frontage zone of a business. The frontage zone is the first three feet of public space directly in front of a business. For a limited time, no permits or fees will be required for the use of frontage space, provided that the use:

  • is consistent with social distancing;
  • respects the pedestrian path, so people may walk and roll freely; and
  • and does not create a safety hazard where one did not exist before.

Business owners can start using frontage spaces in front of their establishments today. Businesses can contact the OakDOT permit office with any questions at (510) 238-3891.

3. 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.

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