Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

No indoor professional hair care
The Alameda County Public Health Department reports 187 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alameda as of Monday, Aug. 3. Alameda County became the first Bay Area county with more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19.That number now stands at 11,909 with 192 deaths.

In recent weeks, the State of California has made announcements about the reopening of a variety of businesses, including hair salons, barber shops and personal care services in California. Alameda County, however, has been reopening at a slower pace than the state, and the county’s stricter guidelines apply to all local businesses.

As of the most recent public health order, hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services (indoor or outdoor) are not yet permitted to open in Alameda County. Questions about whether your business is permitted to open? Send email to

The City of Alameda has provided the following information.

Meals program
The Great Plates Delivered Program employs local businesses to provide meals to older adults and others at high risk of COVID-19. The goals of the program are to help older adults (65 years or older) and other adults (60-64 years) at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis.

Food providers interested in participating may visit for more information.

Employer plan for reopening
Questions about how to reopen safely, or what to do if there is a case of COVID-19 in your workplace? Check out the State of California’s Employer Playbook for Reopening, which provides guidance for employers to help them plan and prepare for reopening and to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. The online link to the handbook is at

Tax credit program taking applications
The “California Competes” Tax Credit program offers $80 million in tax credits to businesses that are expanding and adding full-time jobs in the state. The application period is open; the deadline to submit is Monday, Aug. 17, at 11:59 p.m. For more information and for the online application, visit

Residential rent relief available
The City of Alameda’s Emergency Rent Relief Program will assist Alamedans who are unable to pay rent on their homes due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. One-time emergency rent relief up to $3,500 per household (or one month’s residential rent, whichever is less), may be available for qualified applicants.

For more information, or to apply, visit Deadline is Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. Share with employees and others who may benefit from the program.

Take reusable bags
Help reduce waste in Alameda by encouraging customers to use reusable bags. Customers are now permitted to bring their own bags, mugs or other reusable items from home if they do not require handling by employees. People can place them in carts and/or baskets, but they will need to bag their own groceries.