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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.

Overview

  • Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Solano counties have been required by the state to immediately move the following sectors outdoors or close: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. Bars must close all operations. More details here.
  • Alameda County is temporarily pausing reopening plans and will be extending its timeline for the next phase of reopening.
  • Contra Costa County is delaying the planned July 1 reopening of certain businesses and activities as the coronavirus continues to spread. Details in the county breakdown below.

Alameda

June 29 - Alameda County is pausing its reopening plans due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, officials say. Health officials said this week and next will critical for assessing the impact of activities that were allowed to resume in the county on June 19. The county will be monitoring the data to help make a decision on next steps of reopening. The county will also now be extending its timeline for the next phase of reopening.

For more information, visit the Alameda County Public Health Department's website.

June 25 - In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced a new program that allows restaurants and retail shops to use the city's public sidewalks to serve more customers. Details here.

June 18 - Alameda County's health officer has issued an order effective Friday to allow retail (both indoor and outdoor, including malls), outdoor dining, outdoor fitness, limited religious and cultural services, and outdoor museums. A full list of what businesses and activities are allowed in the new order can be found here.

June 12 - Outdoor museums, outdoor restaurant dining, limited religious services, indoor/outdoor retail, and outdoor fitness classes will be allowed to reopen or resume in Alameda County starting Friday, June 19. Details here.

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

July 1 - During a briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, effective immediately, Contra Costa County and 18 other counties must move the following sectors outdoors or close: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. Bars must close all operations. 

June 29 - Contra Costa County is delaying the planned July 1 reopening of certain businesses and activities as the coronavirus continues to spread. The county "had previously cleared bars, personal services not involving close contact with the face, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, limited indoor leisure activities and museums, and hotels for tourism and individual travel" to reopen or resume on July 1, according to a statement from Contra Costa Health Services. Read more here.

June 28 - Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Contra Costa County and other Southern California counties will have to close its bars after an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

June 26 - County health officials say they are closely monitoring a surge in COVID-19 cases and evaluating whether to continue with its current reopening timeline. Officials said they plan to make a decision on Monday and any change to the timeline would impact businesses and activities scheduled to resume July 1, including indoor dining, bars, gyms, hotels and some personal care services, including nail salons and tattoo parlors. Info here.

June 25 - More businesses in Contra Costa County will be allowed to reopen next week as the coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased. More info here.

June 16 - Contra Costa County's health officer has amended the county's health order to allow hair salons and barbers to reopen for businesses starting Wednesday, June 17.

The new order also increases the number of swimmers who may share a pool to one person per 75 square feet.

In addition, the revised order allows up to 100 people to attend a funeral or other religious service at an indoor place of worship.

The revised order is in line with the state's guidelines, officials say. View it here.

June 8 - Contra Costa County officials provided projected dates on when specific businesses and activities can resume. View the full breakdown here or below.

  • June 17: Hair salons, barber shops
  • July 1: Indoor dining, bars, indoor religious services, gyms and fitness centers, limited indoor leisure, indoor museums, hotels
  • July/August: Schools

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

June 26 - An increase in COVID-19 activity has prompted Marin County to postpone some businesses from reopening. The county has now adjusted its reopening timeline to include the following:

  • Business allowed to move forward with reopening on June 29: Indoor dining, hair salons and barbershops
  • Reopening that have been paused: Hotels, motels, short-term rentals, gyms and fitness studios, and personal services (body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, electrology services, estheticians, skin care and cosmetology services, non-medical massage services, and nail salons). These businesses will be considered for the next round of reopenings and a tentative date has not been established.

For more information, visit MarinRecovers.org.

June 20 - Gyms, fitness studios, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, hotels and short-term lodging and indoor seating at restaurants will reopen June 29. More information here.

June 11 - Indoor retail sales and home cleaning services can resume Friday, June 12. Details here.

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

June 19 - Napa County is allowing gyms, movie theaters and personal care services including nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage services to open today. Here are the county's guidelines.

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 17 - San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow issues a new order to align with the state's reopening roadmap. The new order effective immediately allows gatherings of up to 50 people, allows social bubbles, and requires businesses to implement a social distancing policy and written health and safety plans.

View the revised order in detail here.

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

June 26 - San Francisco Mayor London Breed says she is delaying the city’s plan to reopen more businesses after a surge in coronavirus cases. Info here.

June 22 - San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted that pending state approval, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, tattoo salons, museums, zoos, outdoor bars and outdoor swimming will reopen June 29.

More details here.

June 15 - San Francisco officially moved into Phase 2B, which allows more businesses and social activities to resume with required safety measure in place.

Retail businesses can now allow customers to shop inside with safety modifications, and some additional outdoor activities may resume, including small outdoor gatherings with 12 people or fewer. Full details here.

June 9 - San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that outdoor dining at restaurants can resume Friday, June 12. Restaurants must follow proper health and safety protocols. Details here.

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

July 1 - During a briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, effective immediately, Santa Clara County and 18 other counties must move the following sectors outdoors or close: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. Bars must close all operations. 

June 29 - The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Public Health Department held a joint meeting with the San Jose City Council to preview the county's new reopening plan that will be released later this week. Details here.

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

July 1 - During a briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, effective immediately, Solano County and 18 other counties must move the following sectors outdoors or close: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. Bars must close all operations. 

June 8 - Certain business sectors in Solano County, including family entertainment centers, wineries and bars, zoos and museums, gyms and fitness centers, hotels for travel and tourism, cardrooms and racetracks, campgrounds and outdoor recreations areas, are permitted to reopen under new guidelines starting Friday, June 12. The reopening are all pending approval by the County Public Health Officer, as long as they meet guidance criteria.

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

June 19 - Sonoma County has issued a new health order effective Friday that allows more businesses to open. These include campgrounds, gyms, salons, and family entertainment such as theaters and mini golf. View the order here.

June 10 - County officials announced a revised stay-at-home order will allow starting Friday, June 12, tasting rooms for wineries and breweries to operate. Details below.

June 8 - Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks announced the reopening of additional outdoor recreation and parks amenities and activities now permitted under the new Sonoma County Health Order issued June 5. 

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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