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When planning an event or conference in Oakland, you can rely on the experience and support of our sales and services team. We offer an abundance of services and materials to ensure that your meeting is a success.

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What is the latest on how COVID-19 is impacting Oakland?

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 visit our Oakland COVID-19 Resources page for more details on our county’s Shelter In Place ordinance, reopening plans, face covering requirements and more.

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What are the guidelines for meetings and events in Oakland?

The state of California updated its Blueprint for a Safer Economy guidance to allow small gatherings, receptions, conferences and indoor live events and performances. 

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Can I book a meeting in Oakland right now? 

Currently, small and time-limited private meetings among no more than three households are allowed in Oakland. For more information, visit our Oakland COVID-19 Resources page.  

However, given the frequent updates and changes to industry standards (renditions of floorplans & contracts, etc.), we recommend you start planning for a meeting much earlier than you previous would have. Oakland is taking bookings, with flexible cancellation, through 2021 and beyond. 

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Can I book an ‘essential’ meeting in Oakland right now? 

Yes, there are exceptions for essential meetings, which are allowed at Oakland hotels and typically involve a special variance from the county health officer. Please contact the Visit Oakland sales team or an Oakland hotel for more information. 

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Do I have to wear a face covering when I’m visiting Oakland? 

For full requirements regarding face coverings in Oakland please review our Oakland COVID-19 Resources page

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How can meetings and groups coming to Oakland in the future ensure the safety of meeting attendees?

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC), a Division of ISSA (the World Cleaning Industry Association) unveiled a new GBAC STAR facility accreditation program on cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention. The Oakland Convention Center is one of the 13 largest convention centers in California that has earned this certification.  

Review next FAQ to learn more about Oakland hotels responses.  

We also ask all locals and visitors to abide by our Oakland Community Travel Pledge

What measures are the hotels in Oakland taking in this situation? 


Oakland hotels are following many standards and guidelines to make sure guests feel comfortable and safe during their stay. One of which is the California Hotel & Lodging Association’s comprehensive “Clean + Safe” program which incorporates recommendations from the CDC, the CA Department of Public Health and county health departments to establish standards for cleanliness and guest experiences.  

Browse Oakland hotels and review each listing to get more information about their individual cleanliness and safety procedures. 

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What measures are in place at Oakland airport? 

From sharing airline protocols, to updated cleanliness & safety measures, to changes with restaurants & shopping, the Oakland airport wants to offer peace of mind for all travelers. More information can be found here

Learn More About Oakland Airport Protocols Here

How can I learn which Oakland restaurants, shops and attractions are currently open? 

We try to keep our website and business directory as updated as possible. However, our restaurants, shops and attractions are regularly updating their hours of service, reservation requirements, and offerings, so we recommend calling ahead to get the latest details from each business. 

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