ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — Residents and business owners of Alameda County may find some return to normalcy by the end of the month as restrictions lift for some outdoor activities and services.
Outdoor pools, hair and nail salons, waxing services, skin care and non-medical massages and other services that have been deemed low-risk may reopen outdoors starting Aug. 28, according to county officials.
Wineries within the county will also be able to reopen and offer outdoor tastings by appointment. Customers will not be required to order food when ordering. However, this does not apply to bars, breweries, pubs or brewpubs.
Tattoo shops, piercing shops and electrolysis will still remain closed per the the State of California’s Health Officer Orders issued on July 13th.
The order was issued Friday, but will not go into effect until Aug. 28 due to poor air quality and wildfire across Alameda County.
“These outdoor activities we are allowing to reopen are relatively low risk, but whenever we increase opportunities for people to mix, we see an increase in cases,” said Dr. Nicholas Moss in a press release, Alameda County’s Interim Health Officer. “Simple actions— wearing a face covering, washing your hands often, and staying six feet away from people outside your home—protect everyone. As we continue to experience poor air quality, there is no better time to stay home as much as possible.”
Health officials in Alameda County urge residents to remind themselves and their loved ones that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. The county is still seeing a high level of case numbers and hospitalizations.