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COVID-19 Updates

Updated: January 19, 2021

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. 

Stay at Home Order, Reopening & Recovery

Alameda County issued a regional Stay Home Order along with four other Bay Area Counties (Marin, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Contra Costa) in order to slow the surge of escalating positive COVID-19 cases. The order clarifies retail operations and goes into effect immediately. They prohibit private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

Once triggered, these orders will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about these orders.

The following businesses are allowed to stay open:

  • Indoors (with modifications)
    • Retail and shopping centers at 20% capacity with Purple Tier modifications
    • Restaurants for pickup / takeout / delivery only 
  • ​Outdoors (with modifications) 
    • Gyms & fitness centers with Purple Tier modifications
    • Outdoor swimming pools
    • Parks (including skate parks & dog parks)
    • Vehicle-Based Gatherings in compliance with the Vehicle-Based Gathering Order

See full list of open and closed places

Here is California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Vaccination Rollout

Alameda County is currently in Phase 1a of administering vaccines to their residents and should be able to move to Phase 1b soon. Read more about the rollout in their press release

The pandemic is not over, and everyone—including those who have been vaccinated—should continue to practice COVID-19 prevention measures such as staying home as much as possible, wearing a face covering, and practicing physical distancing.

Required Face Coverings in Oakland

Alameda County's Face Covering Order states people must, unless an exception applies, wear a face covering when outside and when anyone else 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 household 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.

Please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website to review the full Order.

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Open Businesses & Safe Activities

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Reopening and Health Guidance


Official Public Health Resources


City and County Reopening Resources


State Reopening Resources


National Reopening Resources


International Reopening Resources