SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With the state providing newly revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses that have been closed since March are now able to reopen.

On August 28, Gov. Gavin Newsom provided details on California’s new simplified, four-tiered COVID-19 guidelines for counties to reopen specific business sectors based on what health officials have learned about the pandemic in recent months.

New four-tier COVID risk system (CA.gov)

The new system marked the first major change since a surge in coronavirus cases in July forced officials to shut down a number of activities across the state.

The governor said that the new four tier color-coded system would match a color to each of the four tiers with purple representing the highest “Widespread” risk level for a county with more than seven new cases per 100,000 residents and more than 8 percent positivity rate. Red will represent “Substantial” risk, while orange represents “Moderate” risk and yellow the lowest level, “Minimal” risk, with those lower levels being determined by reduced numbers in case and positivity rates.

The governor said the state COVID-19 website now has an updated section providing additional details on the new system and a space that allows users to look up what their county’s status is and whether or not a specific business can reopen. The new tiered system will go into effect Monday, August 31,

As of August 28, Napa and San Francisco counties were categorized at the “Substantial” red tier, while all other counties remained at the  “Widespread” purple tier, which is the equivalent of being on the state monitoring list prior to the introduction of the new system.

Below is a basic summary of what is currently open in each Bay Area county along with links of where to get additional information from the respective health departments for each region.

Alameda County

Current status: Moderate (Orange) as of October 13
Currently open/allowed: Essential businesses, take-out/delivery and outdoor dining at restaurants, indoor operations with modifications for hair salons and barber shops (starting Sept. 4), day camps, childcare, hotels and short-term rentals; outdoor operations for bars (with meals provided), gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, skin care and waxing services, non-medical massage, family entertainment centers (starting Sept. 4), wineries (no food service required), museums and zoos, movie theaters, places of worship with social distancing; curbside pick-up and modified in-store retail (25% capacity), indoor shopping malls (starting Sept. 4 at 25% capacity, food courts and common areas closed) and social bubble gatherings
Currently closed/not allowed: Bars and breweries (with no meals provided), indoor dining at restaurants, concert venues, convention centers, electrologists, festivals, live theater, nightclubs, piercing shops, schools (closed for in-person instruction), tattoo parlors.

The Alameda County Public Health Official issued updated health orders on October 1. Effective October 9, the orders allow:

  • Hotels & lodging for tourism: fitness centers and indoor pools restricted
  • Museums, zoos, & aquariums: indoors < 25% capacity
  • Personal care services: indoors with modification; services requiring removal of face covering prohibited
  • Libraries < 25% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness centers: indoors < 10% capacity; restrictions on aerobic
    exercise and classes
  • Outdoor film production per local guidance

As of October 13, elementary schools may open per state and local guidance, as ready. Middle and high schools may be considered in 4-12 weeks, as data trends permit.

More information on that Oct. 1 order is available here.

State Blueprint For A Safer Economy website: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Health Department website:
http://www.acphd.org/

Contra Costa County

Current status: Substantial (Red) as of Sept. 29
Currently open/allowed: Essential businesses, take-out/delivery and outdoor dining at restaurants, indoor operations with modifications for hair salons and barber shops, day camps, childcare, hotels and short-term rentals; outdoor operations for bars (with meals provided), gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, skin care and waxing services, non-medical massage, family entertainment centers, wineries (no food service required), museums and zoos, movie theaters, places of worship with social distancing; curbside pick-up and modified in-store retail (25% capacity), indoor shopping malls (25% capacity, food courts and common areas closed) and social bubble gatherings
Currently closed/not allowed: Bars and breweries (with no meals provided), indoor dining at restaurants, concert venues, convention centers, electrologists, festivals, live theater, nightclubs, piercing shops, schools (closed for in-person instruction), tattoo parlors.

Contra Costa County moved into the red tier on Sept. 29, allowing for the following adjustments.

  • Places of worship, restaurants, movie theaters and museums can  operate indoors at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is less
  • Gyms can reopen indoors at 10 percent capacity
  • All personal care services, including massage, can move indoors
  • Indoor shopping malls can operate at 50 percent maximum occupancy (instead of 25 percent). Food courts can also open following the state’s guidelines for restaurants.
  • Indoor retail stores can now operate at 50 percent capacity (instead of 25 percent)

Additionally, the county announced that elementary and secondary schools can reopen for in-person instruction on Oct. 13 if the county remains the red tier for two more weeks. Currently, elementary schools can apply for a waiver from the health officer to reopen.

State Blueprint For A Safer Economy website: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Health Department website: https://cchealth.org/

Marin County

Current status: Substantial (Red) as of Sept. 15
Currently open/allowed:
Essential businesses, take-out/delivery and outdoor dining at restaurants, indoor operations with modifications for hair salons and barber shops, museums and zoos (25% capacity), movie theaters (25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer), places of worship with social distancing (25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer), day camps, childcare, hotels and short-term rentals; outdoor operations for bars (with meals provided), gyms and fitness centers (10% capacity), nail salons, skin care and waxing services, non-medical massage, electrologists, piercing shops, tattoo parlors, family entertainment centers, wineries (no food service required); curbside pick-up and modified in-store retail (50% capacity), indoor shopping malls (50% capacity, food courts and common areas closed) and social bubble gatherings
Currently closed/not allowed:
Bars and breweries (with no meals provided), indoor dining at restaurants, concert venues, convention centers, festivals, live theater, nightclubs and schools (closed for in-person instruction except as noted below).

K-12 schools will be allowed to resume indoor classes once the county has been in Tier 2 for at least 14 days. In-person learning already resumed at 15 county elementary schools with COVID-19 prevention measures in place on Sept. 3. More information available at the Marin Recovers website.

State Blueprint For A Safer Economy website: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Health Department website: https://www.marinhhs.org/

Napa County

Current status: Substantial (Red) as of August 28
Currently open/allowed: Essential businesses, take-out/delivery and outdoor dining at restaurants, indoor operations with modifications for hair salons and barber shops, cultural ceremonies (25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer), day camps, childcare, electrologists, hotels and short-term rentals; outdoor operations for bars (with meals provided), gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, skin care and waxing services, non-medical massage, family entertainment centers, wineries (no food service required), museums and zoos, movie theaters, places of worship with social distancing; curbside pick-up and modified in-store retail (50% capacity), indoor shopping malls (50% capacity, reduced capacity at food courts and common areas closed) and social bubble gatherings
Currently closed/not allowed:
Bars and breweries (with no meals provided), indoor dining at restaurants, concert venues, convention centers, festivals, live theater, nightclubs, piercing shops, schools (closed for in-person instruction), tattoo parlors.

State Blueprint For A Safer Economy website: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Health Department website:
https://www.countyofnapa.org/PublicHealth/

San Francisco County

Current status: Moderate (Orange) as of Sept. 29
Currently open/allowed: Essential businesses, take-out/delivery and outdoor dining at restaurants, cultural ceremonies (25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer); indoor operations with modifications for hair salons and barber shops, gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, skin care and waxing services, non-medical massage museums, aquariums and zoos (with limited capacity), day camps, childcare, electrologists, hotels and short-term rentals; outdoor operations for bars (with meals provided), family entertainment centers, wineries (no food service required), movie theaters, places of worship with social distancing; curbside pick-up and modified in-store retail (50% capacity), indoor shopping malls (50% capacity, reduced capacity at food courts and common areas closed) and social bubble gatherings
Currently closed/not allowed:
Bars and breweries (with no meals provided), indoor dining at restaurants, concert venues, convention centers, festivals, live theater, nightclubs, piercing shops, schools (closed for in-person instruction), skin care and waxing services and tattoo parlors.

Starting on Sept. 1, businesses like nail and hair salons, massage parlors and barbershops were allowed to reopen in outdoor settings with providers and customers required to wear masks. On Sept. 9, gyms and fitness providers were able to hold classes and training sessions in outdoor public spaces like park lawns, city plazas and basketball courts.

City officials on Sept. 10 announced the next round of reopenings for Monday, September 14 that would allow for the following low-risk outdoor and indoor activities:

  • Indoor personal services, such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, massage services, tattoo and piercing, with limited capacity
  • Indoor gyms, including one-on-one personal training, at limited capacity
  • Hotels and other lodging, including short-term rentals
  • Places of worship and political activities (one person at a time indoors for individual prayer or campaign office use; up to 50 people outdoors)
  • Outdoor tour buses and open-air boats, with limited capacity
  • Drive-in movies, with limited capacity
  • Outdoor family entertainment, such as mini-golf, batting cages, and go-carts, with limited capacity, (but not amusement park rides and playgrounds at this time)

On September 21, indoor museums, zoos, and aquariums are set to reopen with limited capacity and elementary schools through the sixth grade are able to reopen for in-person learning on rolling basis with approved health and safety plan, though the SFUSD has indicated that distance learning will continue for the time being.

On September 18, officials announced San Francisco will move forward with indoor dining at 25% capacity, up to 100 people, once classified as “orange” on the State’s tiered system, which will occur no sooner than the end of the month.

On September 22, the city announced the launch of a new interactive online  tool with real-time information to help parents and teachers track the growing number San Francisco schools applying to resume in-person learning.

On September 29, San Francisco moved to the orange or moderate tier. Health officials announced the city would move forward with indoor dining and places of worship at 25 percent capacity up to 100 people starting on Wednesday, September 30. In addition, San Francisco will expand the capacity of outdoor places of worship, outdoor political demonstrations, and indoor malls, and will reopen additional family entertainment, hotel fitness centers and more.

San Francisco has also set a timeline for opening indoor movie theaters and outdoor playgrounds. Indoor movie theaters are slated to reopen at a limited capacity and with modifications on Wednesday, October 7, and public outdoor playgrounds are planned to open in mid-October, now that State restrictions have eased.

State Blueprint For A Safer Economy website: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Health Department website: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/default.asp

San Mateo County

Current status: Substantial (Red) as of September 22
Currently open/allowed:
Essential businesses, take-out/delivery and outdoor dining at restaurants, indoor operations with modifications for hair salons and barber shops, gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, skin care and waxing services, non-medical massage museums, aquariums and zoos (with limited capacity), day camps, childcare, hotels and short-term rentals; outdoor operations for bars (with meals provided), family entertainment centers, wineries (no food service required), movie theaters, places of worship with social distancing; curbside pick-up and modified in-store retail (25% capacity), indoor shopping malls (25% capacity, food courts and common areas closed) and social bubble gatherings
Currently closed/not allowed:
Bars and breweries (with no meals provided), indoor dining at restaurants, concert venues, convention centers, electrologists, festivals, live theater, nightclubs, piercing shops, schools (closed for in-person instruction), tattoo parlors.

State Blueprint For A Safer Economy website: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Health Department website:
https://www.smchealth.org/

Santa Clara County

Current status: Moderate (Orange) as of October 13
Currently open/allowed:
Essential businesses, take-out/delivery and outdoor dining at restaurants, indoor operations with modifications for hair salons and barber shops, gyms and fitness centers (10% capacity starting Sept. 10), nail salons, skin care and waxing services, non-medical massage, museums, aquariums and zoos (25% capacity), day camps, childcare, hotels and short-term rentals; outdoor operations for bars (with meals provided), family entertainment centers, wineries (no food service required), movie theaters, places of worship with social distancing; curbside pick-up and modified in-store retail (25% capacity), indoor shopping malls (50% capacity, food courts and common areas closed) and social bubble gatherings
Currently closed/not allowed:
Bars and breweries (with no meals provided), indoor dining at restaurants, concert venues, convention centers, electrologists, festivals, live theater, nightclubs, piercing shops, schools (closed for in-person instruction), tattoo parlors.

As of Sept. 8, Santa Clara health officials said indoor dining, indoor gatherings (including religious gatherings) and indoor movie theaters will not be able to reopen at the current tier.

State Blueprint For A Safer Economy website: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Health Department website:
https://www.sccgov.org/

Solano County

Current status: Substantial (Red) as of September 22
Currently open/allowed:
Essential businesses, take-out/delivery and outdoor dining at restaurants, indoor operations with modifications for hair salons and barber shops, gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, skin care and waxing services, non-medical massage, museums, aquariums and zoos (with limited capacity), day camps, childcare, hotels and short-term rentals; outdoor operations for bars (with meals provided), family entertainment centers, wineries (no food service required), movie theaters, places of worship with social distancing; curbside pick-up and modified in-store retail (25% capacity), indoor shopping malls (25% capacity, food courts and common areas closed) and social bubble gatherings
Currently closed/not allowed:
Bars and breweries (with no meals provided), indoor dining at restaurants, concert venues, convention centers, electrologists, festivals, live theater, nightclubs, piercing shops, schools (closed for in-person instruction), tattoo parlors.

State Blueprint For A Safer Economy website: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Health Department website:
http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/default.asp

Sonoma County

Current status: Widespread (purple)
Currently open/allowed:
Essential businesses, take-out/delivery and outdoor dining at restaurants, indoor operations with modifications for hair salons and barber shops, gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, skin care and waxing services, non-medical massage, museums, aquariums and zoos (with limited capacity), day camps, childcare, hotels and short-term rentals; outdoor operations for bars (with meals provided), family entertainment centers, wineries (no food service required), movie theaters, places of worship with social distancing; curbside pick-up and modified in-store retail (25% capacity), indoor shopping malls (25% capacity, food courts and common areas closed) and social bubble gatherings
Currently closed/not allowed:
Bars and breweries (with no meals provided), indoor dining at restaurants, concert venues, convention centers, electrologists, festivals, live theater, nightclubs, piercing shops, schools (closed for in-person instruction), tattoo parlors.

State Blueprint For A Safer Economy website: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Health Department website:
https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health-Services/

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