Revised health order eases opening restrictions in Alameda County

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Outdoor museums, outdoor restaurant dining, limited religious and cultural services, indoor and outdoor retail (including malls), and outdoor fitness classes are allowed to reopen in Alameda County as of Friday, officials said.

The revised order issued Thursday by the county health officer is based on a stable level of novel coronavirus hospitalizations over the past two weeks and a rate of positive tests that has dropped to 3.5 percent.

“Further relaxation of the shelter-in-place orders is possible thanks to efforts to limit the spread of COVID19 by Alameda County’s residents and continued expansion of our case and contact investigation resources” said Dr. Erica Pan, county health officer.

“With an increasing number of opportunities for consumers and workers to interact with each other, it’s more important than ever to wear a face covering whenever you leave home, maintain at least six feet of distance from people outside of your household, practice good hand hygiene, and stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.”

Still ordered to remain closed are:

  • offices (unless specified);
  • dine-in restaurants;
  • bars, brewpubs, breweries, pubs, tasting rooms;
  • personal care services including hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, aestheticians and cosmetology, ear piercing salons, and tattoo parlors;
  • movie theaters;
  • gyms and fitness studios;
  • indoor museums;
  • zoos;
  • theme parks;
  • gaming facilities;
  • professional sports;
  • community centers;
  • nightclubs and concert venues;
  • outdoor and indoor pools.

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