The goal is to make it easier for businesses to understand the steps needed to keep employees, customers, and the public safe during the pandemic.
This change also allows some additional businesses to reopen as long as they follow the state guidelines for their industry:
Personal care services that involve close contact with the face may begin operating outdoors, except for tattooing, piercing and nonmedical electrolysis
Racetracks and cardrooms may operate outdoors
Music, television and film production may resume
Professional sports without live audiences may resume
These changes are consistent with Contra Costa's placement in the purple tier of the state's blueprint, indicating that COVID-19 is still widespread in the county. When the data tracked by the state show sustained improvement for two weeks, the county will move into the red tier, allowing more reopening.
The county's health order will continue to issue guidelines for social bubbles, contact between people from different households, face coverings and physical distancing. All of our guidelines are based on the best science on preventing the spread of COVID-19, and staying safe.
Contra Costa Health Services is continually monitoring the spread of the virus in our county, and may need to enact stricter restrictions if there is a sudden surge.
Virus prevention advice is the same with one new, important addition: get a flu vaccine! Getting vaccinated against the flu will help us all stay healthy, and help prevent overloading our healthcare system.