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COVID-19 Updates

Updated: July 1, 2020

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Visit Oakland has the wellbeing of our community and visitors as our highest priority and we are committed to providing news and updates from official sources about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please continue to stay safe, stay well, and know that we will get through this together. 

Shelter In Place Ordinance

Alameda County shared an updated Shelter In Place ordinance for its residents. 

As of June 19, Alameda County enters stage five of its reopening plan which allows retail, outdoor dining, outdoor museums, religious & cultural ceremonies, and outdoor fitness to open back up with site specific protection plans required. Individuals from different households should continue to only gather in small groups known as 'Social Bubbles' (see Section 7 of the ordinance) in outdoor settings and must continue to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing requirements.

Travel is still limited for essential purposes, however, future reopening phases will include leisure travel. 

Alameda County also shared their Reopening Plan which includes movement to future phases contingent upon local COVID-19 indicators. However, at this time, the County has paused moving into future phases due to recent increased cases. 

The County is collaborating with five other Bay Area counties to slow the spread of COVID-19 and preserve critical health care capacity across the region. 

Required Face Coverings in Oakland

Alameda County also updated the Face Covering Order and states that going forward and for as long as this Order remains in effect, people must, unless an exception applies, wear a face covering when outside and when anyone else other than just members of their Social Bubble is within 30 feet (10 yards).

People must wear a face covering when in the workplace, when preparing food or other items for sale or distribution to people who are not members of their household or living unit. They may remove their face covering when eating or drinking if they are alone or with only members of their Social Bubble and nobody else is within six feet. A person who is alone or with only members of their household or living unit, is stationary in an outdoor area such as a park or patio, and is maintaining at least six feet of distance between them and the nearest people who do not live with them does not need to wear a Face Covering so long as they have one readily accessible.

This order includes certain exceptions:

  • Children aged twelve years or younger are not required to wear a face covering and the Order recommends that any child aged two years or younger should not wear one because of the risk of suffocation.
  • This Order does not apply to people who are in their own cars alone or with members of their own household.

The Order replaces the prior Face Covering Order issued on April 17, 2020. Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on June 7, 2020, all people in the County must comply with this new Order. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. Please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website to review the full Order.

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