Latest Health Order Information

6/2/2020 Updated Shelter in Place Order

Thanks to substantial progress being made in the fight against COVID-19, Contra Costa County residents can go back to work, shop at local retail stores, get childcare and hang out with small groups of loved ones starting June 3.

Indoor retail shopping, business offices, outdoor museums and pet grooming are among the businesses that will reopen in Contra Costa County under the latest shelter-in-place order released today. The order also permits services that don’t require close customer contact, such as housekeeping, car washes, plumbing and pet grooming.

The new health order also allows small outdoor social gatherings, as well as childcare and camps for all children, not just children of essential and allowed workers. Those childcare services and camps still can only have up to 12 children in stable cohorts.

Libraries can reopen for curbside pickup service and protests of up to 100 people will also be permitted. Religious services will be able to resume on June 15, although with some limitations. In the coming days, the County will be consulting with the state about reopening swimming pools and outdoor dining.

Click below to read the following documents:


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MAY 19, 2020 Updated FAqs

May 18, 2020 Updated Shelter in Place Order

A new Shelter in Place order from the Contra Costa Health Officer will now allow retail stores and retail supply chain businesses to open for curbside or outdoor pickup. Under the new order, which takes effect at 6:00 a.m. on May 19, 2020, businesses may reopen for outside pickup, under the following conditions: 

The store may operate for curbside or other outdoor pickup only. The store may not display merchandise for sale on tables or otherwise outside the store. Customers may not enter the store or interior of any indoor shopping mall. 

The store must have access to an area or areas outside the store for customer pickups. Subject to local requirements, a pickup area may be curbside, on a sidewalk, in a parking lot, or in any other area that is suitable for customer pickups and not in an enclosed space, provided the area is located near the store. 

The store must employ reasonable measures to require customers to comply with Social Distancing Requirements at the pickup areas, including but not limited to marking locations at six-foot intervals for customers to stand while waiting in line. 

The store must limit the number of Personnel in enclosed areas so that Personnel can comply with Social Distancing Requirements. 

The store must employ reasonable measures to prevent pedestrian or vehicle congestion in the vicinity of the pickup area. 

This new order does NOT allow for gatherings or outside dining at Danville restaurants. All food orders should be taken to go and consumed at home.  

The order allows the reopening of manufacturing businesses, logistics and warehousing facilities under the state’s Resilience Roadmap. 


May 14, 2020 New Health Order Regarding Vehicle-Based Gatherings

 A new health order that takes effect on May 19, 2020 will allow for outdoor gatherings during which participants stay in their vehicles.  Instructions for how such gatherings must be held are detailed in the new order.   

This order will provide options for religious organizations, as well as for schools planning graduation ceremonies.  Such gatherings would:

  • Take place in large outdoor areas such as parking lots
  • Last three hours or less
  • Other than the host and staff all guests would stay in their vehicles
  • No motorcycles are allowed
  • Gatherings must have a designated host, permission from the property owner, and a safety plan for physical distancing.
  • For gatherings larger than 10 vehicles, the host must provide security for traffic and safety purposes.  


Contra Costa County launched a new dashboard of indicators showing local progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. These indicators are being tracked by health officials to determine when additional activities can resume.

Click here to view the COVID-19 Indicators Dashboard for Contra Costa County

To read more about the Bay Area Health Officers’ Indicators for Assessing Progress on Containing COVID-19, click here.


On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Contra Costa County’s Health Officer, along with six other Bay-Area Health Officers, issued an extension of the mandatory Shelter in Place Order through May 31, 2020.The new order, which takes effect at 11:59 p.m., May 3, 2020, also allows for the relaxation of some of the current restrictions in place, particularly those pertaining to outdoor activities.   

This new Order will remain in effect until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2020 unless amended or extended by the Health Officer, This new Order replaces the shelter order issued on March 31, 2020. 

This updated Order continues to restrict most activity to essential functions and needs. But because of progress we have collectively achieved in slowing the spread of the disease and limiting hospitalizations, the Order allows certain additional essential businesses and activities to resume, allows certain low-risk outdoor businesses to begin operating again, and authorizes certain additional outdoor activities to take place even though they are not essential. The new Order also introduces a framework to guide the Health Officer’s decisions about further easing of restrictions, focusing on progress achieved addressing COVID-19 and ensuring that there are adequate health care resources available.

According to County Health Services, the majority of the restrictions from the Shelter in Place Order will remain. However, some areas will be eased, with limitations.  These include:


  1. Construction projects, both residential and commercial, may resume, provided they comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols issued with this order. 

Danville Permit & Inspection Services (PDF)

  1. Outdoor businesses may resume operations, and residents may visit those businesses to obtain goods and services. This designation includes businesses such as nurseries, landscapers, pool service, and agricultural operations. These businesses are expected to continue to comply with all social distancing requirements. NOTE:  Restaurants with outdoor seating do NOT qualify as outdoor businesses.
  2. Commercial and Residential real estate transactions may resume, with restrictions on in-person viewings and appointments. (see item 16.f.x of the Health Order for details).
  3. Childcare establishments, summer camps, schools and other educational and recreational programs can operate to provide care and supervision to children to allow persons in essential businesses, outdoor businesses or performing minimum basic functions to have access to childcare.  These businesses are expected to continue following restrictions specified in the order. (see item 16.f.xxvi of the Health Order for details).


  • All business facilities operating in the County, including businesses carrying out minimum basic operations, must comply with the requirement to create a Social Distancing Protocol.
  • In their Social Distancing Protocols, businesses must now ensure that personnel and customers wear face coverings when entering their facilities (except those customers for whom face coverings are not recommended, like very young children). All existing Social Distancing Protocols must be updated to reflect the new requirements.
  • Businesses that are not yet allowed to operate are encouraged to focus on planning to effectively implement social distancing and related measures in their facilities so they are ready to safely reopen when allowed. 


All residential moves are now allowed to proceed.


  1. The new order allows the use of shared outdoor recreational facilities that do not encourage gathering or contain high-touch equipment.  This would include tennis and pickle ball courts, skate parks, shooting and archery ranges, and athletic fields.
  2. Play areas at area parks will NOT reopen to use as they are considered ‘high touch’ facilities and pose a risk of virus transmission. 


Contra Costa Health Services will be monitoring data on the coronavirus and may ease or expand restrictions based on key indicators.  These indicators include: 

  1. New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per day
  2. Capacity of hospitals and healthcare facilities in the county
  3. Supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel
  4. Ability to quickly and accurately test person for COVID-19
  5. Ability to conduct case investigation and contact tracing and quarantine those who have had contact with confirmed cases.         


(From the County’s FAQs)  Thanks to the collective effort and sacrifice of the 7 million residents across the Bay Area, we have made progress in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, ensuring our hospitals are not overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases April 29, 2020 and saving lives. This progress allows us to ease some restrictions to allow lower risk outdoor businesses and outdoor activities to resume, so long as they strictly comply with social distancing requirements and other protections in the Order. The Order also adds certain business activities to the essential business list, including construction and commercial real estate transactions—that have become critical as we gradually head into a period of expanded economic activity in which more space to accommodate increased social distancing will be necessary. 

However, at this stage of the pandemic, we need to maintain most of the restrictions of shelter-in-place so that we do not lose the progress we have achieved. Lifting too many restrictions too soon could easily lead to a large surge in cases and result in avoidable hospitalizations and deaths, and it may also lead to longer-term economic harms.  


It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is a crime (a misdemeanor) not to follow the Order. 

Contra County Health Services line for questions regarding this order is 1-844-729-8410. The line will be in operation from 8.00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  1. What does Shelter In Place Mean?
  2. What are Essential Businesses?
  3. What are Essential Activities?

Sheltering in place means you: 

• Must stay at home 

• Can only leave your home for “essential activities” or “outdoor activities,” to work for an “essential business” or “outdoor business,” to provide or access “essential governmental functions,” to perform “minimum basic operations” for your employer, or for “essential travel,” as those terms are defined in the new Order 

• Cannot host or attend any gatherings 

In addition, you should also 

  • maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other people who are not in your household
  • wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time (or use hand sanitizer)
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve (not into your hands)
  • wear a face covering when out in public