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COVID-19 Updates

Updated: April 12, 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. 

Reopening & Recovery

Effective March 31, 2021, Alameda County enters the Orange Tier of the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The order shall remain in effect until rescinded, amended, or superseded in writing by the Alameda County Health Officer. See updated Order here

The following are allowed to open under the Orange Tier:

  • Family entertainment centers: indoors for naturally distanced activities like bowling, escape rooms, and billiards; 25% maximum capacity
  • Museums, zoos & aquariums: 50% maximum capacity
  • Movie theaters: 50% maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Restaurants: 50% maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Wineries, breweries, & distilleries (no need to serve food): outdoor only with modifications
  • Retail: open indoors with modifications and food courts permitted with indoor dining restrictions
  • Malls: open indoors at 50% capacity and limited food courts
  • Hotels: open with modifications, plus fitness centers can open at 10% capacity
  • Gyms, fitness centers and studios (including at hotels): 25% maximum capacity and indoor pools are permitted; Indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms continue to be closed
  • Hair salons, nail salons, & personal care services: open indoors with modifications
  • Tattooing & piercing: open indoors with modifications


Additionally, the state of California released new guidance that will allow ballparks, stadiums, and theme parks to open as of April 1 with capacity restrictions. 

Changes to the State's Blueprint include: 

  • Outdoor sports and live performances with fans/attendees: In the Orange Tier, capacity will be limited to 33% and with advanced reservations only. Concession sales will be primarily in-seat (no concourse sales). Designated indoor seated dining area capacity will be limited to 25%. Attendance will be limited to in-state spectators and guests must attest their reserved seats are only for one household.
  • Amusement parks: In the Orange Tier, overall park capacity and indoor capacity will be limited to 25%, including indoor dining. Small groups with a maximum of 3 household groups may attend together. Attendance will be limited to in-state visitors. Walk up ticket sales will be permitted, but park operators must collect name and contact information of the ticket purchases for necessary contract tracing.


Vaccination Rollout

In Alameda County, anyone 16 and over can now book an appointment to get the COVID vaccine if they live in one of 12 zip codes spanning Hayward, Oakland, San Leandro and San Lorenzo: 94601, 94603, 94605, 94606, 94607, 94621, 94541, 94544, 94545, 94577, 94578 and 94580. 

The State of California is currently administering vaccines to:

  • Persons ages 50+
  • Essential workers in healthcare, food/agriculture, education/childcare, and emergency services
  • Persons who are deemed to be at the very highest risk due to complex health conditions
  • Persons who work, reside, or recently resided in a high-risk congregate living setting such as a correctional facility, homeless shelter, or behavioral health facility
  • Persons currently experiencing homelessness (sheltered or unsheltered)
  • Public transportation personnel, including airport and commercial airline workers (excludes private planes)

Review the County's vaccination summary here

The State of California will partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to launch a mega vaccination site at the Oakland Coliseum. Read more here. Additionally, Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare and Sutter Health launched drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations at the Alameda County Fairgrounds

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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Reopening and Health Guidance


Official Public Health Resources


City and County Reopening Resources


State Reopening Resources


National Reopening Resources


International Reopening Resources