eUpdate - March 31, 2020 
COVID-19 Health Order Extended to May 3 
Needed to preserve healthcare system and save lives
Bay Area Health Officers have ordered an extension of the shelter-in-place restrictions until May 3rd. 

This means that the stay-at-home, business closures, and other social distancing measures we're all practicing must be continued until May 3rd. This date may be extended.

We're doing a great job following the order. I know it's not easy.

But more must be done to make sure our hospital and medical care capacities aren't overwhelmed.  Our actions will prevent serious illness and death.

The jurisdictions issuing this extension include the counties of Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, and San Francisco, and the City of Berkeley. (Berkeley has its own health department.)

Click here to see new order.

Click here to see executive summary of new order. 

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on the new order.

The extended order tightens some restrictions and clarifies others:
  • Social distancing requirements are mandatory. Unless strict compliance is explicitly waived, everyone must comply with the social distancing requirements at all times. 
  • Before April 3, essential businesses that continue to operate must complete, post, and implement a social distancing protocol for each facility that remains open.
  • Essential businesses must maximize the number of employees who work from home, excepting only those employees who cannot perform their job duties from home. 
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must scale down operations to their essential component only. 
  • Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home are no longer essential businesses under the Order, and must cease operations (except minimum basic operations) at facilities in the County.
  • Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to the public.
  • Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use.
  • Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
  • Much construction, residential and commercial, is prohibited. Exceptions are made for healthcare facility construction directly related to the COVID-19 response; affordable housing; public works projects when designated as essential; shelters and temporary housing; projects necessary to provide critical services to certain vulnerable individuals; construction necessary to secure an existing construction site; limited essential residential or business repairs; projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of essential infrastructure.
  • Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending.
  • Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, Realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and ride-share services that specifically enable essential activities.
  • Health Officer, government, or entity that manages a park, beach or open space may adopt restrictions to reduce crowding. 
  • Essential businesses must follow industry-specific guidance issued by the County Health Officer.
  • Childcare facilities may only provide care to children or dependents of individuals working for essential businesses, providing essential governmental functions, or performing minimum basic operations for non-essential businesses.
  • Individuals may move residences only if it is not possible to wait until the Order expires.
  • Landscapers and similar service professionals may only provide services necessary to maintain the sanitation, habitability, or operation of residences or businesses, or for safety reasons. 
We'll get through this together!

C ounty Health Services COVID-19 Call Center: 844-729-8410

Don't hesitate to call or  email my office for assistance. 510-231-8686

John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone