State officials have carefully examined the activities permitted by the state to reopen in the Purple Tier, taking into consideration the risk, timing and cadence of reopening activities, as well as their downstream impact on local disease conditions that could limit future activities.
Alameda County is aligning with a limited selection of the state’s Purple Tier permitted activities. As of Sept. 4, sectors previously allowed to open by Alameda County, then closed or modified during the Monitoring List era, are now reopened by the state, including indoor malls, with a new 25 percent capacity restriction and continued mandatory closure of food courts and public congregation points. Sectors previously allowed by the county, are now aligned with new, more restrictive state measures, including retail stores with a 25 percent capacity limit, and grocery stores with a 50 percent capacity limit. Sectors previously allowed by the Alameda County are newly authorized to operate indoors, including hair salons and barbershops. Guidance for hair salons, barbershops and indoor retail are available at covid-19.acgov.org/recovery.page.
Outdoor recreational activities in the Purple Tier that clarify existing activities and are allowed by Alameda County include outdoor dance classes as part of outdoor non-contact fitness classes; mini-golf, batting cages, driving ranges, and kart racing, as allowed by the state’s Family Entertainment Center guidance.
Shared play structures continue to be closed, including bounce houses, ball pits and playgrounds. Other activities that may be allowed in the Purple Tier by the state are still not permitted in Alameda County at this time.
Officials will continue to monitor local COVID-19 indicators to guide further re-openings. The Alameda County Public Health Department encourages residents and businesses to adjust activities and plans as needed in response to changes in air quality during wildfire season. When air quality is poor, residents should stay inside when possible with doors and windows shut. For air quality updates and forecasts, visit the Bay Area Air Quality Management District or AirNow.gov.
For a complete list of activities that are open and not open in Alameda County, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.