Current Alameda County Health Orders
On May 18, the Alameda County Health Officer issued a new health order that is now in effect until amended, superseded or rescinded. The new health order (please click here to download the complete order, or click here to download a summary) allows additional Alameda businesses to resume operations, including:
- Retail stores for curbside or storefront pickup, and/or delivery only
- Manufacturing businesses permitted to operate under the state Resilience Roadmap
- Logistics and Warehousing permitted to operate under the state Resilience Roadmap
- Businesses and activities authorized under previous orders may continue.
These businesses must implement Site Specific Protection Plans, as required by California’s Resilience Roadmap, as well as any local guidance issued by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, to include the following elements:
- Physical distancing plans for employees and customers
- Administrative controls to stagger employees, breaks, and teleworking for those that can work remotely
- Training for employees on limiting spread of COVID-19 (temperature and/or symptoms screening, hand washing technique, and face covering requirements)
- Disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning
- Industry-specific best practices
- Notification of COVID-19 positive cases
- Compliance and documentation
For more information, download the shelter in place health order here, download a summary of the orders here, read the County press release here, and read a joint statement by Bay Area health officers here.
Preparing for Re-Opening
As part of their Resilience Roadmap, the State of California has prepared industry guidance to help Californians prepare for the re-opening of our economy. This website includes general guidance for businesses preparing to re-open, as well as specific guidance for a variety of industries.
Please note: The State of California is at a more advanced phase of re-opening than Alameda County. Not all of the businesses listed in the Resilience Roadmap are currently permitted to operate in Alameda County. Alameda County is moving in a measured and incremental way to protect people in our community at high risk for severe illness. Where there are differences between the local Health Officer’s order and the State’s order, the stricter restrictions apply.
Even if not yet permitted to operate in Alameda County, many businesses may find the industry guidelines provided by the State of California helpful as they plan for re-opening. General guidelines include that, before reopening, all facilities must:
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
- Implement individual control measures and screenings
- Implement disinfecting protocols
- Implement physical distancing guidelines
Please click here for more information, including specific guidance for industries such as retail, childcare, manufacturing, life sciences, and many others.
Please click here for specific guidance for restaurants and bars.