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Reopening the Bay Area: Full List of Counties Easing Coronavirus Restrictions

A look at how Bay Area counties are following Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to reopen the state's economy in phases as COVID-19 cases stabilize and decline.

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Most Bay Area counties are easing restrictions, but at different degrees. It's hard to keep track of what's happening where. So we broke it down for you here. Scroll down to find updates for your county.

But in case you're unfamiliar with Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to reopen the state's economy in phases, you'll want to catch up here. You can also view or download the full California's Pandemic Roadmap report from the governor here.


  • Alameda County issues new order allowing for "social bubbles," childcare and extracurricular activities for children. Full details in county breakdown below. You can also view the revised order here.
  • San Mateo County revises its stay-at-home order to allow outdoor dining and charter boat operations with safety measures and other restrictions. The new order goes into effect Saturday, June 6. Details in county breakdown below.
  • Contra Costa County announced progress made in COVID-19 fight means starting Wednesday, residents can go back to work, shop at local retail stores and have small outdoor gatherings. Full details here and below in county breakdown.
  • Santa Clara County looses stay-at-home order, allowing for outdoor dining, indoor shopping, and outdoor religious services, as well as summer camp and childcare. The change starts Friday.


June 5 - Alameda County's health officer has revised the county's health order to allow "social bubbles" -- groups of at most 12 people from different households to combine outdoors. The new order takes effect Monday, June 8, and also allows childcare, extracurricular activities for all children, and other businesses to resume including pet grooming.

Read the revised order here.

May 18 - County officials released a list of business types currently authorized to operate here. You can also view the latest health order issued in the county, which provides further details on what restrictions are being eased as Alameda County moves into Phase. View it here.

May 14 - Health officials say based on the progress of their indicators and barring any big spikes in cases over the next few days, the county anticipates to safely move into "Early Stage 2" activities next week. This would include:

  • curbside retail and associated manufacturing and warehouses;
  • eligible businesses would align with state's guidance where possible;
  • every organization and business should be working on plans that include physical distancing, training for employees on limiting spread of COVID-19, and disinfection protocols.

For more information, visit Alameda County Public Health Department.

Contra Costa County

June 2 - County officials say substantial progress made in the fight against COVID-19 has allowed the county to ease restrictions.

Starting Wednesday, the following will be allowed in county:

  • Indoor retail shopping
  • Business offices
  • Outdoor museums
  • Pet grooming
  • Housekeeping
  • Car washes
  • Plumbing
  • Small outdoor social gatherings
  • Childcare and camps for children

Full details from the county here.

May 27 - County officials say they are sticking to its slow roll Phase 2 approach even as some Bay Area counties are moving deeper into plans to reopen. The county's health officer said the county checks data every day and decides every two weeks if it is ready to move forward and reopen more businesses.

May 18 - County officials provided further details on the new health order beginning on Tuesday, May 19. Retail stores in the county may offer curbside sales or other outdoor pickups as long as they follow certain safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, businesses that manufacture retail goods and provide warehouse or logistical support to retail stores to operate, but must limit the number of employees in inclosed areas so workers can comply with social distancing requirements.

May 15 - Officials announced a new order allowing outdoor gatherings during which participants stay in their vehicles and organizers follow revised rules. The new order takes effect May 19. Officials said it also gives new options for religious organizations who have been unable to hold services during the pandemic and for schools planning graduation ceremonies.

May 14 - Contra Costa County's health officer said if the county continues to make progress and hospitalizations steadily decline, they will consider opening up all retail for curbside pickup plus all associated logistics and manufacturing next week. Officials did not have a timeline at this point.

For more information, visit Contra Costa County Health Services.

Marin County

May 31 - Starting Tuesday, visitors will be able to drive by and park at Marin County parks, beaches and open space preserves. More information here.

May 29 - Marin County is moving into the next round of its reopening plan. Outdoor retail, office space, outdoor dining and curbside library services will join child care and summer camps as those businesses and services that will be allowed to reopen Monday, June 1, if certain health guidelines are followed. More access to the county's parks and beaches will also be allowed starting Monday. Click here for more information.

May 14 - The county announced earlier this week it will move into Phase 2, which means retail will be reopening for curbside pickup. Manufacturing will also resume with restrictions. The county will also examine how "dine-in" will work.

For more information, visit Marin Department of Health and Human Services.

Napa County

May 26 - Napa County qualifies under Gov. Newsom's guidelines to reopen barbershops and hair salons. No word yet on when the county will go ahead and allow those businesses to reopen.

May 20 - Napa is the first Bay Area county to allow dine-in at restaurants. View our latest coverage on this here.

May 19 - Officials say the state is permitting additional businesses and services in the county to open with adaptations, including:

  • Retail stores, including shopping malls and swap meets,
  • Dine-in restaurants,
  • Schools (effective June 1)

May 14 - Retail will be allowed to reopen for curbside pickup and some manufacturing will resume with restrictions. Like other counties heading into Phase 2, Napa will have to figure out how "dine-in" will work in the county.

For more information, visit Napa County's website.

San Mateo County

June 4 - Latest modifications to the county's stay-at-home order will go into effect Saturday, June 6. The revised order allows outdoor dining, charter boat operations with safety measures and other restriction to ensure social distancing. It also amends the guidelines for funerals.

Read the new order here.

May 29 - San Mateo County has revised its stay-at-home order to allow places of worship, in-store retail to operate with restrictions. Beach access limitations also removed. The new order goes into effect Monday, June 1. View the revised health order here.

May 28 - The City of Half Moon Bay announced parking lots and restrooms at its beaches will reopen Saturday, May 30.

May 14 - San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow plans to lift some restrictions, effective Monday, that would be consistent with early Phase 2 guidelines of Gov. Gavin Newsom's Resilience Roadmap. That would effectively allow for retail businesses to operate from the curb and deliver. Manufacturing, logistics and some other businesses will be able to open with some modifications, county officials said.

For more information, visit San Mateo County Health.

San Francisco

May 28 - San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday unveiled a timeline on how the city plans to move forward with resuming activities and reopening businesses and services. Here's a breakdown:

Phase 2A - June 1

  • Child care
  • Botanical gardens
  • Outdoor museums and historical sites
  • Outdoor curbside retail for services with minimal contact (shoe repair, dog grooming, etc.)

Phase 2B - June 15

  • Most indoor retail
  • Outdoor dining
  • Summer camps
  • Private household indoor services
  • Religious services and ceremonies
  • Outdoor exercise classes
  • Professional sports games, tournaments, and other entertainment venues with no spectators
  • Non-emergency medical appointments

Phase 2C - July 13

  • Indoor dining with modifications
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Real estate open houses (by appointment only)

Phase 3 - Mid-August (to be determined, will be more than one sub-phase)

  • Schools with modifications
  • Bars
  • Other personal services (nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors)
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Playgrounds
  • Swimming pools
  • Indoor museums

Phase 4 - Date to be determined

  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports and performances
  • Nightclubs
  • Festivals
  • All hotels and lodging for leisure and tourism

May 22 - Mayor London Breed announced the reopening of modified citywide summer camps and programs starting on June 15.

May 14 - The city and county has announced it will allow retailers and manufacturers to enter Phase 2 of reopening. View our latest report here. And here's a look at San Francisco's guidance for businesses reopening on Monday. Check it here.

For more information, visit San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Santa Clara County

June 1 - Santa Clara County is moving deeper into Phase 2, by allowing outdoor dining, indoor shopping, and outdoor religious services, as well as summer camp and childcare. The changes to its stay-at-home order begin Friday. View the updated health order here.

May 28 - The City of Gilroy has petition the county relax stay-at-home restrictions so that businesses can reopen. Details here.

May 27 - Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said California may be reopening too quickly and discussed why the county is taking a much slower approach. Details here.

May 18 - Santa Clara County is joining other Bay Area counties in entering Phase 2 of the reopening plan as outlined by the state of California, according to a statement Monday from Supervisor Dave Cortese. A new health order announced by Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody will go into effect May 22.

Under the new order, retailers are allowed to open for curbside and or outdoor pickup, and the supply chain for those retail establishments will also be allowed to reopen. The amended order allows additional outdoor activities to resume, including car parades, outdoor museums, historical sites, and public gardens.

For more information, visit Santa Clara County Public Health.

Solano County

May 27 - The first indoor mall in Solano County reopened to shoppers today. The Solano Town Center in Fairfield will have some changes include social distancing for people and cars. More about the reopening here.

And are you in need of a haircut? You're in luck. Solano County hair salons are now cleared to reopen for business for the first time in two months. Read about it here.

May 26 - Solano County qualifies under Gov. Newsom's guidelines to reopen barbershops and hair salons. No word yet on when the county will go ahead and allow those businesses to reopen.

May 21 - Solano County on May 21 became the second Bay Area county to get the go-ahead for restaurants to reopen indoor dining areas. Though business owner welcomed the approval, many said they didn't have any idea exactly when they could start reopening their dining rooms. Read about their confusion here.

May 14 - Solano County is already in Phase 2 under Gov. Newsom's multi-phased plan to reopen the state. Retail is already open for curbside pickup or delivery, limited manufacturing is also open, and the county is finalizing its dine-in option plans.

For more information, visit Solano County Public Health.

Sonoma County

May 28 - Sheriff says he will not enforce the county's stay-at-home health order starting June 1. The Board of Supervisors are disappointed in his decision and said it causes confusion in the community. Details here.

May 26 - Sonoma County qualifies under Gov. Newsom's guidelines to reopen barbershops and hair salons. No word yet on when the county will go ahead and allow those businesses to reopen.

May 24 - Some Sonoma County wineries reopened Sunday, a day after entering Phase 2 of the reopening plan. Read our coverage here.

May 22 - Sonoma County will enter late Phase 2 of the reopening plan Saturday. According to the county's health order, "Restaurants, food facilities, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms are allowed to operate outdoors if they offer sit-down meals, including providing the meals by contract with another vendor." Read what business owners had to say, here.

May 14 - Sonoma County, like the other North Bay counties, is already in Phase 2. Retail is open for curbside pickup, limited manufacturing is open, and the county is examining what it will do for dine-in services.

The county announced it will be pushing even deeper into the second phase. Car washes and workers who can’t telecommute will be allowed to go back to the office. The county will also allow childcare for nonessential employees. Read about it here.

For more information, visit Sonoma County Public Health.

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