Alameda County Seal

Alameda County this week relaxed its shelter-in-place order to allow some retail businesses to reopen and allow “highly regulated vehicle-based gatherings.”

Under the new orders issued Monday by interim county Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan, retails stores may reopen, but only for curbside/storefront pickup or delivery.

Manufacturing businesses in the county may resume operations, along with logistics and warehousing, but only if they adhere to statewide “Resilience Roadmap” guidelines issued by Gov. Newsom earlier this month.

The order requires all businesses operating in the county to create or update a “Social Distancing Protocol” reflecting the guidelines for reopening and submit it to the Alameda Health Department.

In a news release, the county also said public and private gatherings “of any size” are still prohibited. However, vehicle-based gatherings, up to 200 cars at a time, will be allowed under certain conditions. Gatherings must be held outside, must not last more than three hours, and must be by invitation only.

In addition, no food or drink sales are allowed, and gatherings of more than 10 vehicles must have on-site security “arranged through law enforcement or a private security company,” that will be responsible for enforcing social distancing and face-mask requirements.

The county Health Department orders are available at www.acphd.org. The governor’s Resilience Roadmap is available at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/