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Alameda, Contra Costa Counties Begin Easing Virus Restrictions

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Alameda and Contra Costa counties have begun easing coronavirus restrictions for businesses operating outdoors as COVID-19 cases in those areas start to level off.

In Alameda County, nail salons, barbershops, hair salons, outdoor pools and wineries with outdoor tasting rooms will be allowed to operate outdoors starting Friday. The wineries cannot serve food, however.

Alameda County gave the green light to a lot of businesses to start working again on Friday, but with one catch -- they have to do it outdoors. Anoushah Rasta reports.

In Contra Costa County, nail salons, massage therapy centers and gyms will be allowed to operate outdoors. Hotels and Airbnb sites also are now OK for recreational visitors and not just business travelers.

"We are cautiously optimistic. Now is not the time to let down our guard," said Dr. Rohan Radhakrishna, deputy Public Health director for Contra Costa County. "Late August compared to early August shows the number of people hospitalized is stable and slowly decreasing from more than 100 per day to being in the 90s."

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