A Summary of Latest Alameda County COVID-19 Health Orders

A Summary of Latest Alameda County COVID-19 Health Orders

Last Friday, June 19, Alameda County’s Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan releaseed an ordr that broadewns the scope of activities that the county will pemit. 

However, the order stresses the  importance of physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings while in public. 

While the order permits more indoor- and outdoor-activties, it sets limits to these activities. For example,retail stores must limit capacity to the lower number of 50 percent their  of normal maximum capacity or the number of people who can maintain a distance of 6 feet 

The order does allow retail shops to move goods outdoors for display or sales if local permits allow. 

The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) recommends retail establishments and restaurants continuing curbside and delivery services as much as possible.

The order limits religious and cultural ceremonies: to fewer than 100 people or 25 percent of the building’s capacity, whichever is lower. ACPHD strongly recommends continuing virtual services.
The order permits First Amendment outdoor, in-person political gatherings or protests as long as particiants  wear face coverings and stay 6 feet apart.

The county is limiting seating arrangements to six people per table, all from same household or social bubbles. In additionn, tables must be 6-eet apart and entertainment is not allowed.

The county is strongly encouraging takeout and delivery options strongly encouraged.

Wineries with on-site restaurants may do tastings with food pairings outdoors.

For now, bars must remain closed to the public, but may provide pickup/takeaway service with the sales of bona fide meals.

Outdoor ftness classes: are limited to 12 people spaced at least 6 feet apart at all times. Person-to-person contact and  sharing equipment is prohibited.

Members of the public may not access any indoor components of of any museum, historical site of gardens open to the public .

Dog parks are allows to open, but humans should maintain 6 feet physical distance from one another at all times.

Common water facilities should not be used at these parks and signage must be posted to tell people to avoid entering if they have a fever or cough.

The Bay Area Health Officers are using the following five indicators to measure progress in the fight to bring  COVID-19 under control:

1. Whether the total number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations remain flat or are decreasing;
2. Whether sufficient hospital bed and surge capacity to treat the disease exist
3. Whether there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for all health care workers.
4. Whether the need for testing is met, especially for vulnerable or those in highrisk settings or occupations; and
5. Whether Bay Area Health Officers have sufficient capacity to investigate all COVID-19 cases and trace all who have come in contact with them.