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:
- Full Health Order
- Press Release
- Appendix A – Social Distancing Protocol
- Appendix B-1 – Small Construction Project Safety Protocol
- Appendix B-2 – Large Construction Project Safety Protocol
- Appendix C-1 – Additional Businesses (updated 6/2/2020)
- Appendix C-2 – Additional Activities
- Interim Guidance for Modified Childcare During COVID-19 Pandemic|Spanish
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.
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 COVID-19 INDICATORS DASHBOARD
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.
MAY 4, 2020 SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER
- Executive Summary of May 4, 2020 Shelter Order
- Order of the Contra Costa Health Officer 04/29/2020
- Shelter-in-Place Through May 31 FAQs
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:
CHANGES TO BUSINESSES ALLOWED TO OPERATE:
- Construction projects, both residential and commercial, may resume, provided they comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols issued with this order.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS FOR BUSINESSES:
- 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.
ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND TRAVEL:
All residential moves are now allowed to proceed.
- 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.
- Play areas at area parks will NOT reopen to use as they are considered ‘high touch’ facilities and pose a risk of virus transmission.
COVID-19 INDICATORS AND HOW THEY WILL BE USED:
Contra Costa Health Services will be monitoring data on the coronavirus and may ease or expand restrictions based on key indicators. These indicators include:
- New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per day
- Capacity of hospitals and healthcare facilities in the county
- Supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel
- Ability to quickly and accurately test person for COVID-19
- Ability to conduct case investigation and contact tracing and quarantine those who have had contact with confirmed cases.
WHY AREN’T MORE BUSINESSES BEING ALLOWED TO OPEN?
(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.
IS THE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER MANDATORY?
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.
For more details, visit the Contra Costa County Health Services website, and read their FAQs here.
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.
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
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES INCLUDE:
- Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure
- Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing
- Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals
- Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services
- Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities
- Bicycle repair and supply shops
- Banks and related financial institutions
- Hardware stores
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses
- Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes
- Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers
THE NEW ORDER ALSO ALLOWS THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES TO OPERATE:
- Businesses primarily operated outdoors, such as wholesale and retail plant nurseries, agricultural operations, and garden centers.
- Service providers that primarily provide outdoor services, such as landscaping and gardening services, and environmental site remediation services.
For clarity, “Outdoor Businesses” do not include outdoor restaurants,cafes, or bars.
- Commercial as well as residential real estate transactions are allowed to fully resume, but withcontinued restrictions on in-person viewings and appointments.
- Childcare establishments, summer camps, schools, and other educationaland recreational programs can operate to provide care and supervision for children to allow allpersons who are working in essential businesses or outdoor businesses or performing minimumbasic operations to access childcare. All of these operations must comply with restrictionsspecified in the Order, including that they be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children.This category is also subject to the State’s Shelter in Place Order, but the Health Officer will assesswhether to ease childcare restrictions further in coordination with the State and as the spread ofCOVID-19 is further contained.
For the purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform the following “Essential Activities.” But people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are strongly urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible, except as necessary to seek or provide medical care or Essential Governmental Functions.
ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES ARE:
- To engage in activities or perform tasks important to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
- To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products, products needed to work from home, or products necessary to maintain the habitability, sanitation, and operation of residences.
- To engage in outdoor recreation activity, including, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, bicycling, and running, in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements and with the following limitations:
- Outdoor recreation activity at parks, beaches, and other open spaces must comply with any restrictions on access and use established by the Health Officer, government, or other entity that manages such area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19. Such restrictions may include, but are not limited to, restricting the number of entrants, closing the area to vehicular access and parking, or closure to all public access;
- Use of outdoor recreational areas and facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, including, but not limited to, playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, picnic areas, dog parks, pools, spas, and barbecue areas, is prohibited outside of residences, and all such areas shall be closed to public access including by signage and, as appropriate, by physical barriers;
- Use of shared outdoor facilities for recreational activities outside of residences allowed by this Order, including, but not limited to, golf courses, tennis and pickle ball courts, skate parks, shooting and archery ranges, and athletic fields, must comply with any restrictions on access and use established by the Health Officer, government, or other entity that manages such area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19; and
- Sports or activities that include the use of shared equipment or physical contact between participants may only be engaged in by members of the same household or living unit.
- To perform work for or access an Essential Business, Outdoor Business, or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order, including Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in this Section.
- To provide necessary care for a family member or pet in another household who has no other source of care.
- To attend a funeral with no more than 10 individuals present.
- To move residences. When moving into or out of the Bay Area region, individuals are strongly urged to quarantine for 14 days. To quarantine, individuals should follow the guidance of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, Minimum Basic Operations, Outdoor Activities, and Outdoor Businesses
- Travel to care for any elderly, minors, dependents, or persons with disabilities.
- Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
- Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the County.
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
- Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.
- Travel to manage after-death arrangements and burial.
- Travel to arrange for shelter or avoid homelessness.
- Travel to avoid domestic violence or child abuse.
- Travel for parental custody arrangement.
- Travel to a place to temporarily reside in a residence or other facility to avoid potentially exposing others to COVID-19, such as a hotel or other facility provided by a governmental authority for such purposes.