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Gov. Gavin Newsom recently unveiled a new tier system to replace the state coronavirus watch list. The state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy system determines when businesses can reopen.

Overview

  • San Francisco officials said the city will roll back the reopening of indoor dining, reduce capacity of fitness centers and movie theaters, and will pause approval of plans for indoor instruction for high school. The changes go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday.
  • Contra Costa and Santa Cruz counties have fallen back to the more restrictive red reopening tier amid rising COVID-19 cases.

How Does the Tier System Work?

Each county is assigned to one of four tiers. Those tiers are based on two things: the rate of new cases and positive tests.

In the chart below, the dark purple is “widespread” and is the most restrictive tier. Yellow is “minimal” and the least restrictive.

So what does this mean for businesses? Counties classified as “widespread” will have to keep most non-essential indoor businesses closed. If counties are in the red “substantial” tier, those restriction start to ease. As a county’s coronavirus numbers improve and move to a less restrictive tier, more businesses can open with modifications.

Below you’ll find a county-by-county breakdown.

Alameda

October 21 – Alameda County is moving forward with more and expanded reopenings. The county says the following may start as soon as Friday, Oct. 23:

  • Indoor family entertainment centers may open activities that are naturally socially distanced, like bowling alleys and climbing walls, up to 25% capacity
  • Indoor dining up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
  • Indoor worship services up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
  • Indoor movie theaters up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people per screen, whichever is less
  • Expansion of indoor retail and malls up to 50% of capacity and permitting limited food courts
  • Expansion of indoor gyms and fitness centers up to 25% of capacity, but indoor pools are not permitted to open
  • Expansion of outdoor non-contact fitness classes up to 20 people including the instructor
  • Expansion of wedding and funeral services up to 25% of venue capacity or 100 people, whichever is less

October 13 – Alameda County has moved from the red tier to the orange tier on the state’s COVID-19 reopening blueprint, but the county won’t allow orange tier activities just yet. Details here.

October 1 – Health officials said elementary school may reopen starting Oct. 13 if school districts submit a reopening plan. In-school teaching will not be required and that decision will rest completely on each school district.

Starting Oct. 9, the following indoor activities will be able to resume with modifications:

  • Hotels
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Personal care services
  • Libraries
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Outdoor film production

More information on the latest Alameda County reopenings, here.

September 25 – Health officials said nail salons will be able to resume indoor operations with safety measures.

For the list of activities that are currently open and not open in Alameda County, visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/sip.page.

September 22 – Alameda County moved from the Purple Tier (Tier 1) to the Red Tier (Tier 2) on the state’s new COVID-19 blueprint, meaning indoor operations can reopen in some businesses. Certain activities can also resume with COVID-19 protocols and protective measures in place. However, the county released a statement saying it will not make any reopening changes at this time. More information here.

“We are using the next two weeks (through October 6) to ensure our metrics remain stable and we will release a phased plan that balances increased risk of spread of COVID-19 from newly permitted activities alongside appropriate mitigation strategies that can be implemented,” the statement read. “At this time, there is no change to permitted or prohibited activities in Alameda County.”

September 3 – Alameda County will allow hair salons and barber shops to operate indoors starting Friday with new guidelines.

Nail salons, skin care and waxing services are still ordered to stay outdoors as well as dance and non-contact fitness classes.

Retail stores may also operate indoors at a 25% capacity limit and grocery stores at a 50% capacity limit. Details here.

A full list of reopen businesses here.

August 31 – Alameda County was given the green light to allow hair salons and barber shops to operate outdoors. Details here.

The county is also allowed to reopen indoor malls. Though shops are open, the food courts remain closed and there’s limited capacity for common areas.

July 15 – Alameda County’s variance has been approved by the state, which means the Oakland Zoo can open for outdoor activities and outdoor dining can resume.

However, the county has been on the State’s County Monitoring List for three days and thus, new restrictions are in place. Starting today, places of worship can hold outdoor services only and indoor malls are required to close.

For more information, click here.

July 13 – Gov. Newsom ordered all California counties to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All bars must close all operations. Details here.

July 11 – The Alameda County Public Health Department issued a statement following orders to prohibit all outdoor dining in the county, explaining that it will work on obtaining a variance from the state.

A variance wouldn’t necessarily mean additional reopenings, but rather some flexibility to continue to allow low risk activities.

“We plan to continue to make reopening decisions based on our COVID-19 indicators and data, science, and disease conditions in the County,” the department said.

July 10 – Alameda County has prohibited all outdoor dining. Following state issued guidance, restaurants, wineries and bars may “only be open for drive-through or pick-up/delivery options.” Read more here.

June 29 – Alameda County is pausing its reopening plans due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, officials say. Health officials said this week and next will critical for assessing the impact of activities that were allowed to resume in the county on June 19. The county will be monitoring the data to help make a decision on next steps of reopening. The county will also now be extending its timeline for the next phase of reopening.

For more information, visit the Alameda County Public Health Department’s website.

June 25 – In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced a new program that allows restaurants and retail shops to use the city’s public sidewalks to serve more customers. Details here.

June 18 – Alameda County’s health officer has issued an order effective Friday to allow retail (both indoor and outdoor, including malls), outdoor dining, outdoor fitness, limited religious and cultural services, and outdoor museums. A full list of what businesses and activities are allowed in the new order can be found here.

June 12 – Outdoor museums, outdoor restaurant dining, limited religious services, indoor/outdoor retail, and outdoor fitness classes will be allowed to reopen or resume in Alameda County starting Friday, June 19. Details here.

June 5 – Alameda County’s health officer has revised the county’s health order to allow “social bubbles” — groups of at most 12 people from different households to combine outdoors. The new order takes effect Monday, June 8, and also allows childcare, extracurricular activities for all children, and other businesses to resume including pet grooming.

Read the revised order here.

May 18 – County officials released a list of business types currently authorized to operate here. You can also view the latest health order issued in the county, which provides further details on what restrictions are being eased as Alameda County moves into Phase. View it here.

May 14 – Health officials say based on the progress of their indicators and barring any big spikes in cases over the next few days, the county anticipates to safely move into “Early Stage 2” activities next week. This would include:

  • curbside retail and associated manufacturing and warehouses;
  • eligible businesses would align with state’s guidance where possible;
  • every organization and business should be working on plans that include physical distancing, training for employees on limiting spread of COVID-19, and disinfection protocols.

For more information, visit Alameda County Public Health Department.

Contra Costa County

November 10 – Contra Costa County has fallen back to the more restrictive red reopening tier amid rising COVID-19 cases.

October 27 – Contra Costa County moved from the red tier to the orange tier on the state’s reopening blueprint. The change allows for some indoor business operations to resume with restrictions. Details here.

September 29 – Contra Costa County has moved from the Purple Tier to the Red Tier on the state’s new COVID-19 blueprint. That means indoor restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, massage parlors and places of worship are allowed to reopen with certain restrictions in place.

Complete details provided by the county:

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

August 31 – Contra Costa County has been given the green light to operate hair salons and barber shops indoors. They are also now allowed to reopen indoor malls. Though shops are open, the food courts remain closed and there’s limited capacity for common areas. More here.

July 13 – Gov. Newsom ordered all California counties to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All bars must close all operations. In Contra Costa County, the closures are even more extensive. Fitness centers, worship services, protests, offices for non-essential sectors, personal care services (nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors), hair salons, barbershops and malls must also close or stop. Details here.

July 11 – Contra Costa County issued a new health order prohibiting indoor gatherings and tightening restrictions on mask wearing. The order takes effect Sunday, July 12 at 11:59 p.m.

July 1 – During a briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, effective immediately, Contra Costa County and 18 other counties must move the following sectors outdoors or close: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. Bars must close all operations. 

June 29 – Contra Costa County is delaying the planned July 1 reopening of certain businesses and activities as the coronavirus continues to spread. The county “had previously cleared bars, personal services not involving close contact with the face, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, limited indoor leisure activities and museums, and hotels for tourism and individual travel” to reopen or resume on July 1, according to a statement from Contra Costa Health Services. Read more here.

June 28 – Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Contra Costa County and other Southern California counties will have to close its bars after an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

June 26 – County health officials say they are closely monitoring a surge in COVID-19 cases and evaluating whether to continue with its current reopening timeline. Officials said they plan to make a decision on Monday and any change to the timeline would impact businesses and activities scheduled to resume July 1, including indoor dining, bars, gyms, hotels and some personal care services, including nail salons and tattoo parlors. Info here.

June 25 – More businesses in Contra Costa County will be allowed to reopen next week as the coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased. More info here.

June 16 – Contra Costa County’s health officer has amended the county’s health order to allow hair salons and barbers to reopen for businesses starting Wednesday, June 17.

The new order also increases the number of swimmers who may share a pool to one person per 75 square feet.

In addition, the revised order allows up to 100 people to attend a funeral or other religious service at an indoor place of worship.

The revised order is in line with the state’s guidelines, officials say. View it here.

June 8 – Contra Costa County officials provided projected dates on when specific businesses and activities can resume. View the full breakdown here or below.

  • June 17: Hair salons, barber shops
  • July 1: Indoor dining, bars, indoor religious services, gyms and fitness centers, limited indoor leisure, indoor museums, hotels
  • July/August: Schools

June 2 – County officials say substantial progress made in the fight against COVID-19 has allowed the county to ease restrictions.

Starting Wednesday, the following will be allowed in county:

  • Indoor retail shopping
  • Business offices
  • Outdoor museums
  • Pet grooming
  • Housekeeping
  • Car washes
  • Plumbing
  • Small outdoor social gatherings
  • Childcare and camps for children

Full details from the county here.

May 27 – County officials say they are sticking to its slow roll Phase 2 approach even as some Bay Area counties are moving deeper into plans to reopen. The county’s health officer said the county checks data every day and decides every two weeks if it is ready to move forward and reopen more businesses.

May 18 – County officials provided further details on the new health order beginning on Tuesday, May 19. Retail stores in the county may offer curbside sales or other outdoor pickups as long as they follow certain safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, businesses that manufacture retail goods and provide warehouse or logistical support to retail stores to operate, but must limit the number of employees in inclosed areas so workers can comply with social distancing requirements.

May 15 – Officials announced a new order allowing outdoor gatherings during which participants stay in their vehicles and organizers follow revised rules. The new order takes effect May 19. Officials said it also gives new options for religious organizations who have been unable to hold services during the pandemic and for schools planning graduation ceremonies.

May 14 – Contra Costa County’s health officer said if the county continues to make progress and hospitalizations steadily decline, they will consider opening up all retail for curbside pickup plus all associated logistics and manufacturing next week. Officials did not have a timeline at this point.

For more information, visit Contra Costa County Health Services.

Marin County

October 27 – Marin County moved from the red tier to the orange tier on the state’s reopening blueprint. The change allows for some indoor business operations to resume with restrictions. Details here.

September 15 – Marin County has moved out of the state’s most restrictive coronavirus pandemic reopening tier, allowing various business sectors to resume operating indoors with reduced capacity. More details here.

August 31 – State officials allowed Marin County to operate hair salons and barber shops indoors. They are also now allowed to reopen indoor malls. Though shops are open, the food courts remain closed and there’s limited capacity for common areas. Details here.

July 13 – Gov. Newsom ordered all California counties to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All bars must close all operations. In Marin County, the closures are even more extensive. Fitness centers, worship services, protests, offices for non-essential sectors, personal care services (nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors), hair salons, barbershops and malls must also close or stop. Details here.

July 5 – After a surge in coronavirus cases, Marin County has announced that starting tonight at midnight, indoor dining will not be allowed for at least three weeks.

The mandatory closure comes only a week after restaurants were allowed to offer inside dining for the first time since March.

June 26 – An increase in COVID-19 activity has prompted Marin County to postpone some businesses from reopening. The county has now adjusted its reopening timeline to include the following:

  • Business allowed to move forward with reopening on June 29: Indoor dining, hair salons and barbershops
  • Reopening that have been paused: Hotels, motels, short-term rentals, gyms and fitness studios, and personal services (body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, electrology services, estheticians, skin care and cosmetology services, non-medical massage services, and nail salons). These businesses will be considered for the next round of reopenings and a tentative date has not been established.

For more information, visit MarinRecovers.org.

June 20 – Gyms, fitness studios, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, hotels and short-term lodging and indoor seating at restaurants will reopen June 29. More information here.

June 11 – Indoor retail sales and home cleaning services can resume Friday, June 12. Details here.

May 31 – Starting Tuesday, visitors will be able to drive by and park at Marin County parks, beaches and open space preserves. More information here.

May 29 – Marin County is moving into the next round of its reopening plan. Outdoor retail, office space, outdoor dining and curbside library services will join child care and summer camps as those businesses and services that will be allowed to reopen Monday, June 1, if certain health guidelines are followed. More access to the county’s parks and beaches will also be allowed starting Monday. Click here for more information.

May 14 – The county announced earlier this week it will move into Phase 2, which means retail will be reopening for curbside pickup. Manufacturing will also resume with restrictions. The county will also examine how “dine-in” will work.

For more information, visit Marin Department of Health and Human Services.

Napa County

Oct. 20 – Napa County has moved into the orange tier, meaning some indoor business operations are open with modifications.

August 31 – Napa County is now allowing indoor dining, a first for the Bay Area. There are some restrictions though, including only 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Officials also gave Napa the green light to allow hair salons and barber shops to operate indoors. Malls are also now allowed to reopen with guidelines. Details here.

July 13 – Gov. Newsom ordered all California counties to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All bars must close all operations. In Napa County, the closures are even more extensive. Fitness centers, worship services, protests, offices for non-essential sectors, personal care services (nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors), hair salons, barbershops and malls must also close or stop. Details here.

June 19 – Napa County is allowing gyms, movie theaters and personal care services including nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage services to open today. Here are the county’s guidelines.

May 26 – Napa County qualifies under Gov. Newsom’s guidelines to reopen barbershops and hair salons. No word yet on when the county will go ahead and allow those businesses to reopen.

May 20 – Napa is the first Bay Area county to allow dine-in at restaurants. View our latest coverage on this here.

May 19 – Officials say the state is permitting additional businesses and services in the county to open with adaptations, including:

  • Retail stores, including shopping malls and swap meets,
  • Dine-in restaurants,
  • Schools (effective June 1)

May 14 – Retail will be allowed to reopen for curbside pickup and some manufacturing will resume with restrictions. Like other counties heading into Phase 2, Napa will have to figure out how “dine-in” will work in the county.

For more information, visit Napa County’s website.

San Mateo County

October 27 – San Mateo County moved from the red tier to the orange tier on the state’s reopening blueprint. The change allows for some indoor business operations to resume with restrictions. Details here.

September 22 – San Mateo County moved from the Purple Tier (Tier 1) to the Red Tier (Tier 2) on the state’s new COVID-19 blueprint, meaning indoor operations can reopen in some businesses. Certain activities can also resume with COVID-19 protocols and protective measures in place. Details here.

“Hallelujah, we are out of the purple and into the red,” San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa said in a statement. “Now we can eat indoors again, go see a movie and get some exercise at the gym. We’ve increased testing and have seen case rates decline but it doesn’t mean this pandemic is over. We must still practice social distancing, avoid large crowds and most importantly continue to wear our masks.”

August 31 – State officials allowed San Mateo County to operate hair salons and barber shops indoors. They are also now allowed to reopen indoor malls. Though shops are open, the food courts remain closed and there’s limited capacity for common areas. More information here.

August 1 – San Mateo County tweeted Saturday morning that it remains in discussion with the state about their placement on California’s watch list. As of Aug. 1, San Mateo County remains the same and businesses are not closed.

July 29 – San Mateo County has been added to the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list due to a surge in cases. More here.

July 13 – Gov. Newsom ordered all California counties to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All bars must close all operations. Details here.

June 17 – San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow issues a new order to align with the state’s reopening roadmap. The new order effective immediately allows gatherings of up to 50 people, allows social bubbles, and requires businesses to implement a social distancing policy and written health and safety plans.

View the revised order in detail here.

June 4 – Latest modifications to the county’s stay-at-home order will go into effect Saturday, June 6. The revised order allows outdoor dining, charter boat operations with safety measures and other restriction to ensure social distancing. It also amends the guidelines for funerals.

Read the new order here.

May 29 – San Mateo County has revised its stay-at-home order to allow places of worship, in-store retail to operate with restrictions. Beach access limitations also removed. The new order goes into effect Monday, June 1. View the revised health order here.

May 28 – The City of Half Moon Bay announced parking lots and restrooms at its beaches will reopen Saturday, May 30.

May 14 – San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow plans to lift some restrictions, effective Monday, that would be consistent with early Phase 2 guidelines of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap. That would effectively allow for retail businesses to operate from the curb and deliver. Manufacturing, logistics and some other businesses will be able to open with some modifications, county officials said.

For more information, visit San Mateo County Health.

San Francisco

Nov. 10 – San Francisco officials said the city will roll back the reopening of indoor dining, reduce capacity of fitness centers and movie theaters, and will pause approval of plans for indoor instruction for high school. The changes are due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 case rates in the city, coupled with current increases in cases and hospitalizations in the state and across the nation, officials said.

The changes go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Oct. 30 – San Francisco said it will temporarily pause plans to expand activities and businesses reopening after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

From the city’s press release:

The majority of activities and businesses that were scheduled to reopen or expand their capacity on Tuesday, November 3rd will be paused. These include opening indoor pools, bowling alleys, and locker rooms at fitness centers, and expanding capacity at indoor dining establishments, places of worship, and museums, among other businesses and activities that are allowed only if a county at least reaches the orange tier under the State’s blueprint. Businesses and activities that are currently allowed may continue operating at this time. Limited lower risk activities that were planned to move forward on November 3rd (and are not tied to the State’s orange tier) will still do so, including expanded filming productions with strict safety protocols, and indoor dining at museums up to 25% capacity. Schools will continue to reopen, with more than 75 schools approved and a handful of high schools approved to open their doors in the next week.

Oct. 20 – San Francisco has been allowed by the state to further loosen coronavirus restriction after moving into the yellow tier in California’s tiered reopening system. The move allows the city to reopen “non-essential” offices at limited capacity.

Full breakdown from city’s press release:

San Francisco has also set a timeline for opening new activities and expanding previously reopened businesses and activities over the following weeks. San Francisco expects to reopen indoor pools and bowling alleys, with required safety protocols, on November 3rd. Additionally, the City plans to increase capacity allowances to 50% for indoor dining, places of worship, theaters, museums, zoos, and aquariums. Schools will continue to reopen and some high schools are on track to return to in-person learning in November.

Non-essential Offices

Starting on Tuesday, October 27th, non-essential offices can reopen at 25% capacity. Offices with fewer than 20 employees can reopen beyond 25%, to the extent that space allows employees to maintain social distancing. Specific ventilation guidelines must be met to the greatest extent possible. Under the new health guidance, employers must conduct a health check of employees each day that they report to the office. If San Francisco’s case rates remain stable or continue to improve for at least 30 days following reopening on October 27, the City will consider further expanding office capacity to 50%.

Climbing Gyms

Starting on Tuesday, October 27th, indoor climbing gyms and climbing walls within fitness centers can reopen at 25% capacity with specific sanitation and staffing protocols in place. All individuals must wear face coverings at all times.

Expanded Activities Resuming October 27th

In addition to non-essential offices and climbing gyms, San Francisco is moving forward on expanding the following activities on Tuesday, October 27th:

  • Indoor fitness centers can increase their indoor capacity to 25%, without cardio or aerobic classes.
  • Some indoor personal services that require limited face covering removal including services provided by estheticians, waxing, and skin treatments.
  • Institutes of higher education can increase capacity of outdoor classes to 25 people (including instructors) and can request an exception to the 2-hour limit on indoor classes.

New Activities on November 3rd

  • Indoor pools.
  • Indoor bowling alleys.
  • Indoor fitness centers, including those in hotels, can open their locker rooms and showers.

Expanded Activities on November 3rd

  • Dining establishments, including those within hotels, shopping centers and museums, can increase their indoor capacity to 50% up to 200 people, and with a maximum time limit per table seating of 3 hours.
  • Indoor worship can expand their capacity to 50%, up to 200 people.
  • Outdoor worship or political protests can expand to 300 people, with face coverings and distancing.
  • Indoor museums, zoos, and aquariums can increase their capacity to 50%.
  • Movie theaters can increase their capacity to 50% up to 200 people, without food or beverage concessions.
  • Allow some types of live performances with up to six performers to take place in a drive-in setting.
  • Film productions can expand indoor activities and allow for removal of face coverings under specific guidelines and can expand outdoor activities to up to 50 people.

GOAL: mid-November

  • Bars not serving food can re-open for outdoor operations, with specific health and safety protocols that will be forthcoming.

Sept. 29 – San Francisco has moved from the Red Tier to the Orange Tier on the state’s new COVID-19 blueprint. The change means San Francisco will move forward with indoor dining and places of worship at 25% capacity up to 100 people beginning Sept. 30. San Francisco will also expand capacities at outdoor places of worship, outdoor political demonstrations and indoor malls. The city and county will also reopen more family entertainment, hotel fitness centers and other sectors. More details can be found here.

Sept. 10 – City officials announce more businesses and services will resume indoors with limited capacity starting Monday, Sept. 14.

Here’s a breakdown on what’s being allowed starting Monday:

Businesses, all with limited capacity

  • Hair salons and barbershops, indoors
  • Nail salons, indoors
  • Massage establishments, indoors
  • Gyms and fitness centers, indoors
  • One-on-one personal training, indoors
  • Drive-in movies, outdoors
  • Family entertainment, outdoors (like mini-golf and batting cages, but does not include playgrounds)
  • Tours buses and boats
  • Hotels and short-term rentals, expanded for tourists

Childcare and education

  • Community learning hubs, for children who need support in distance learning

Other activities

  • Places of worship (one person at a time for individual prayer indoors, with 50 people outdoors)
  • Political activities (for example, campaign offices), with limited capacity, 1 person indoors, 50 people outdoors

For more information, visit SF.gov/reopening.

August 31 – San Francisco was given the green light to allow hair salons and barber shops to operate outdoors. Details here.

July 17 – Mayor London Breed said the city is pausing its reopening plans indefinitely due to a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The decision comes as San Francisco has been added to the state’s watch list. More here.

July 13 – Gov. Newsom ordered all California counties to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All bars must close all operations. Details here.

July 7 – San Francisco will not reopen indoor dining and outdoor bars on July 13 due to rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Mayor London Breed said. Read more here.

June 26 – San Francisco Mayor London Breed says she is delaying the city’s plan to reopen more businesses after a surge in coronavirus cases. Info here.

June 22 – San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted that pending state approval, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, tattoo salons, museums, zoos, outdoor bars and outdoor swimming will reopen June 29.

More details here.

June 15 – San Francisco officially moved into Phase 2B, which allows more businesses and social activities to resume with required safety measure in place.

Retail businesses can now allow customers to shop inside with safety modifications, and some additional outdoor activities may resume, including small outdoor gatherings with 12 people or fewer. Full details here.

June 9 – San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that outdoor dining at restaurants can resume Friday, June 12. Restaurants must follow proper health and safety protocols. Details here.

May 28 – San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday unveiled a timeline on how the city plans to move forward with resuming activities and reopening businesses and services. Here’s a breakdown:

Phase 2A – June 1

  • Child care
  • Botanical gardens
  • Outdoor museums and historical sites
  • Outdoor curbside retail for services with minimal contact (shoe repair, dog grooming, etc.)

Phase 2B – June 15

  • Most indoor retail
  • Outdoor dining
  • Summer camps
  • Private household indoor services
  • Religious services and ceremonies
  • Outdoor exercise classes
  • Professional sports games, tournaments, and other entertainment venues with no spectators
  • Non-emergency medical appointments

Phase 2C – July 13

  • Indoor dining with modifications
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Real estate open houses (by appointment only)

Phase 3 – Mid-August (to be determined, will be more than one sub-phase)

  • Schools with modifications
  • Bars
  • Other personal services (nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo parlors)
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Playgrounds
  • Swimming pools
  • Indoor museums

Phase 4 – Date to be determined

  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports and performances
  • Nightclubs
  • Festivals
  • All hotels and lodging for leisure and tourism

May 22 – Mayor London Breed announced the reopening of modified citywide summer camps and programs starting on June 15.

May 14 – The city and county has announced it will allow retailers and manufacturers to enter Phase 2 of reopening. View our latest report here. And here’s a look at San Francisco’s guidance for businesses reopening on Monday. Check it here.

For more information, visit San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Santa Clara County

Oct. 13 – Santa Clara County will move into the state’s orange tier starting Wednesday, Oct. 14 and will allow more businesses to resume operations and activities.

Sept. 8 – The county moved from the Purple Tier (Tier 1) to the Red Tier (Tier 2) on the state’s new COVID-19 blueprint, meaning indoor operations can reopen in some businesses. Certain activities can also resume with COVID-19 protocols and protective measures in place.

County officials said the following businesses and activities are now allowed to resume:

  • Schools: K-12 schools can open after the County has been in the Red Tier for 14 days. All schools must follow mandatory guidance set by the County of Santa Clara and the State of California
  • Personal care services: allowed to open indoors with modifications
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums: allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness centers: allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity
  • Shopping malls: allowed to open indoors at 50% capacity (previously open at 25% capacity)

For more information, visit sccgov.org/coronavirus.

August 31 – Hair salons, barber shops and retail stores were allowed to resume indoor operations in Santa Clara County. It is one of 38 counties in the state’s highest tier of viral spread due to a case rate per 100,000 residents of 8.6. Details here.

Officials also gave the county the green light to reopen indoor malls. Though shops are open, the food courts remain closed and there’s limited capacity for common areas.

July 13 – Gyms, hair salons and nail salons in Santa Clara County that reopened today will be forced to close Wednesday due to a new state order that also impacts the reopening of other industries. Here’s the story.

As for the state order, Gov. Newsom directed all California counties to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All bars must close all operations. The closures go even further for counties on the monitoring list. Details here.

July 7 – Outdoor dining can continue in Santa Clara County now that the state has approved the county’s variance application, the county said today. Additionally, the county’s new health order announced last week will go into effect Monday, July 13.

July 2 – Santa Clara County is seeking state approval to reopen gyms, nail and hair salons, and resume small gatherings with strict guidelines. The new health order could go into effect July 13. Details here.

July 1 – During a briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, effective immediately, Santa Clara County and 18 other counties must move the following sectors outdoors or close: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. Bars must close all operations. 

June 29 – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Public Health Department held a joint meeting with the San Jose City Council to preview the county’s new reopening plan that will be released later this week. Details here.

June 1 – Santa Clara County is moving deeper into Phase 2, by allowing outdoor dining, indoor shopping, and outdoor religious services, as well as summer camp and childcare. The changes to its stay-at-home order begin Friday. View the updated health order here.

May 28 – The City of Gilroy has petition the county relax stay-at-home restrictions so that businesses can reopen. Details here.

May 27 – Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said California may be reopening too quickly and discussed why the county is taking a much slower approach. Details here.

May 18 – Santa Clara County is joining other Bay Area counties in entering Phase 2 of the reopening plan as outlined by the state of California, according to a statement Monday from Supervisor Dave Cortese. A new health order announced by Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody will go into effect May 22.

Under the new order, retailers are allowed to open for curbside and or outdoor pickup, and the supply chain for those retail establishments will also be allowed to reopen. The amended order allows additional outdoor activities to resume, including car parades, outdoor museums, historical sites, and public gardens.

For more information, visit Santa Clara County Public Health.

Santa Cruz County

November 10 – Santa Cruz County has fallen back to the more restrictive red reopening tier amid rising COVID-19 cases.

October 27 – Santa Cruz County moved from the red tier to the orange tier on the state’s reopening blueprint. The change allows for some indoor business operations to resume with restrictions. Details here.

Solano County

September 22 – Solano County moved from the Purple Tier (Tier 1) to the Red Tier (Tier 2) on the state’s new COVID-19 blueprint, meaning indoor operations can reopen in some businesses. Certain activities can also resume with COVID-19 protocols and protective measures in place.

August 31 – State officials allowed Solano County to operate hair salons and barber shops indoors. They are also now allowed to reopen indoor malls. Though shops are open, the food courts remain closed and there’s limited capacity for common areas. More here.

July 13 – Gov. Newsom ordered all California counties to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All bars must close all operations. In Solano County, the closures are even more extensive. Fitness centers, worship services, protests, offices for non-essential sectors, personal care services (nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors), hair salons, barbershops and malls must also close or stop. Details here.

July 1 – During a briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom said, effective immediately, Solano County and 18 other counties must move the following sectors outdoors or close: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. Bars must close all operations. 

June 8 – Certain business sectors in Solano County, including family entertainment centers, wineries and bars, zoos and museums, gyms and fitness centers, hotels for travel and tourism, cardrooms and racetracks, campgrounds and outdoor recreations areas, are permitted to reopen under new guidelines starting Friday, June 12. The reopening are all pending approval by the County Public Health Officer, as long as they meet guidance criteria.

May 27 – The first indoor mall in Solano County reopened to shoppers today. The Solano Town Center in Fairfield will have some changes include social distancing for people and cars. More about the reopening here.

And are you in need of a haircut? You’re in luck. Solano County hair salons are now cleared to reopen for business for the first time in two months. Read about it here.

May 26 – Solano County qualifies under Gov. Newsom’s guidelines to reopen barbershops and hair salons. No word yet on when the county will go ahead and allow those businesses to reopen.

May 21 – Solano County on May 21 became the second Bay Area county to get the go-ahead for restaurants to reopen indoor dining areas. Though business owner welcomed the approval, many said they didn’t have any idea exactly when they could start reopening their dining rooms. Read about their confusion here.

May 14 – Solano County is already in Phase 2 under Gov. Newsom’s multi-phased plan to reopen the state. Retail is already open for curbside pickup or delivery, limited manufacturing is also open, and the county is finalizing its dine-in option plans.

For more information, visit Solano County Public Health.

Sonoma County

August 31 – Sonoma County has been given the green light to operate hair salons and barber shops indoors as long as they follow new guidelines. They were also given the go-ahead to reopening indoor malls. Details here.

July 13 – Gov. Newsom ordered all California counties to close indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All bars must close all operations. In Sonoma County, the closures are more extensive. Fitness centers, worship services, protests, offices for non-essential sectors, personal care services (nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors), hair salons, barbershops and malls must also close or stop. Details here.

July 12 – As a result of an increase in coronavirus cases in Sonoma County, the state has placed businesses under restrictions.

The restrictions will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 13 and will remain in place no earlier than August 2.

Indoor activities will not be permitted in restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, bars, clubs, breweries, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums.

You can find more information here and here.

July 10 – Sonoma County has been notified by the state it has been placed under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s watch list due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The county is the latest Bay Area county added to the list and joins Marin, Napa, Solano and Contra Costa.

If Sonoma County’s coronavirus numbers do not improve by Monday, several businesses would have to close indoor operations for at least three weeks. That includes dining-in at restaurants and wine tasting indoors. Bars would have to shutdown completely, as well as movie theaters and museums. However, dining outside and wine tasting outdoors would still be allowed.

June 19 – Sonoma County has issued a new health order effective Friday that allows more businesses to open. These include campgrounds, gyms, salons, and family entertainment such as theaters and mini golf. View the order here.

June 10 – County officials announced a revised stay-at-home order will allow starting Friday, June 12, tasting rooms for wineries and breweries to operate. Details below.

June 8 – Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks announced the reopening of additional outdoor recreation and parks amenities and activities now permitted under the new Sonoma County Health Order issued June 5. 

May 28 – Sheriff says he will not enforce the county’s stay-at-home health order starting June 1. The Board of Supervisors are disappointed in his decision and said it causes confusion in the community. Details here.

May 26 – Sonoma County qualifies under Gov. Newsom’s guidelines to reopen barbershops and hair salons. No word yet on when the county will go ahead and allow those businesses to reopen.

May 24 – Some Sonoma County wineries reopened Sunday, a day after entering Phase 2 of the reopening plan. Read our coverage here.

May 22 – Sonoma County will enter late Phase 2 of the reopening plan Saturday. According to the county’s health order, “Restaurants, food facilities, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms are allowed to operate outdoors if they offer sit-down meals, including providing the meals by contract with another vendor.” Read what business owners had to say, here.

May 14 – Sonoma County, like the other North Bay counties, is already in Phase 2. Retail is open for curbside pickup, limited manufacturing is open, and the county is examining what it will do for dine-in services.

The county announced it will be pushing even deeper into the second phase. Car washes and workers who can’t telecommute will be allowed to go back to the office. The county will also allow childcare for nonessential employees. Read about it here.

For more information, visit Sonoma County Public Health.

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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