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COVID-19 Updates

Updated: October 21, 2020

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. 

Reopening Plan

As of October 23, Alameda County remains in the Orange Tier per the latest press release and will allow for additional re-openings and activities. 

The following businesses are currently allowed to reopen:

  • Hotels and lodging for tourism (fitness centers and indoor pools restricted)
  • Indoor family entertainment centers may open activities that are naturally socially distanced, like bowling alleys and climbing walls, up to 25% capacity
  • Indoor dining up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
  • Indoor movie theaters up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people per screen, whichever is less
  • Expansion of indoor retail and malls up to 50% of capacity and permitting limited food courts
  • Expansion of indoor gyms and fitness centers up to 25% of capacity (indoor pools are not permitted)
  • Expansion of wedding and funeral services up to 25% of venue capacity or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Indoor museums, zoos, & aquariums with <25% capacity, Outdoor museums, Oakland Zoohistorical sights and publicly-accessible gardens. 
  • Outdoor film production per local guidance
  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • Outdoor dining
  • Wineries offering outdoor tastings
  • Outdoor bars, brewpubs, breweries, pubs & craft distilleries (with meal)
  • Indoor personal care services with modifications (services requiring removal of face covering are prohibited). 
  • Indoor hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, skin care and non-medical massages
  • Libraries with <25% capacity
  • Expansion of outdoor non-contact fitness classes up to 20 people including the instructor
  • All dog parks
  • Outdoor gatherings of individuals from different households or living units 

Alameda County shared their Reopening Plan which includes movement to future phases contingent upon local COVID-19 indicators. 

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.

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

Stay Updated

Reopening and Health Guidance


Official Public Health Resources


City and County Reopening Resources


State Reopening Resources


National Reopening Resources


International Reopening Resources