A shelter-in-place order is in effect for all Alameda County residents. City facilities are closed and non-essential meetings and events are cancelled.  Find more information here.

In order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, health officers in seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including Alameda County, have issued a new Shelter-in-Place Order extending the timeline through May 3rd and clarifying essential activities. The health officers have determined that more social distancing is needed to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed. Find FAQs regarding the new Order here. Please direct questions to and compliance issues to

The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. All individuals currently living within the County of Alameda are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.

Residents may only leave their homes for these essential activities:

  • Obtaining medical supplies, medication or, visiting a health care professional.
  • Obtaining food and household products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences for their household or to deliver to others.
  • To engage in outdoor activity such as walking, hiking, bicycling, and running, provided individuals comply with the following requirements:
    • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person outside of their immediate household at all times.
    • Follow any posted access restrictions in public spaces.
    • Use of recreational areas with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering such as playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, dog parks, and barbecue and picnic areas is prohibited outside of residences.
    • Use of shared facilities for recreational activities outside of residences such as golf courses, tennis and pickle ball courts, rock parks, climbing walls, pools, spas, shooting and archery ranges, gyms, disc golf, and basketball courts is prohibited.
    • Sports or activities that include the use of shared equipment may only be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit.
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household.
  • To attend a funeral with no more than 10 individuals present.
  • To move residences, but only if it is not possible to defer an already planned move, if the move is necessitated by safety, sanitation, or habitability reasons, or if the move is necessary to preserve access to shelter.
  • To go to work, volunteer at, or obtain services at essential businesses, if it cannot be performed from home.

Essential businesses include:

  • Healthcare operations such as hospitals, clinics, testing locations, dentists, pharmacies, blood banks and blood drives, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, and veterinary care
  • Essential infrastructure maintenance
  • Law enforcement and emergency management
  • Entities engaged in the food and essential household product supply chain such as farmers, food manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants (but only for delivery or take out)
  • Hardware stores
  • Fueling stations, auto supply and repair, and bicycle supply and repair
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Professional services, such as legal, notary, or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with non-elective, legally required activities
  • Mailing and shipping services
  • Laundry service providers
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals
  • News media
  • Essential construction, repair, and landscape work only, such as healthcare facility construction directly related to the COVID-19 response; affordable housing, shelters and temporary housing, or other projects necessary to provide critical services to certain vulnerable individuals; public works projects when designated as essential by the lead governmental agency; construction necessary to secure an existing construction site or complete a residential construction project currently underway if necessary to a safe, sanitary, and functional home; limited essential residential or business repairs projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of essential infrastructure; landscaping necessary to maintain the habitability, sanitation, operation of businesses or residences, or the safety of residents, employees, or the public
  • Service providers that enable residential transactions (including rentals, leases, and home sales) provided that appointments and other residential viewings must only occur virtually or follow specific social distancing requirements
  • Funeral home providers, mortuaries, cemeteries, and crematoriums, to the extent necessary for the transport, preparation, or processing of bodies or remains
  • Transportation services necessary for essential activities
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, children, and pets, and residential facilities for seniors, adults, and children
  • Childcare facilities, but only for essential workers
  • Moving services that facilitate residential or commercial moves that are allowed under this Order

You may review the Order for a full list of essential activities and businesses. Essential businesses must prepare and post a Social Distancing Protocol for each of their facilities in order to continue operations. Additional restrictions may be issued as the outbreak progresses.