|Some businesses will be allowed to open outdoors, under a new Health Order issued by the Contra Costa County Health Officer this week.|
This small "opening-up" is linked to a few weeks of steady or slightly decreasing County rates in both COVID-19 hospitalizations and positive tests results.
These are two key indicators of the spread and impact of the virus.
Though these indicators haven't grown in recent weeks, which is welcome news, they are still too high. We all must continue to do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19!
The changes also align Contra Costa's policy with recently updated state health guidelines.
- Personal care services that do not involve close contact with the face, such as nail salons and massage, may begin operating outdoors in accordance with the state-issued industry guidelines.
- Gyms and fitness centers may begin operating outdoors in accordance with state guidelines.
- Hotels and short-term rentals in the county may open for personal or recreational travel, not just for essential business purposes.
These updates are effective Friday, August 28. It's worth noting that hair salons and barbers have already been permitted to perform limited work outdoors in the county, with no reported outbreaks.
Air Quality and Outdoor Business
During days of extremely smokey air due to the nearby fires, County Health Services strongly recommends that NO businesses operate outdoors. The County still has a health advisory in effect, because of the smoke.
We don't want to welcome these new outdoor services until our air is safe to breathe. Weather reports suggest improved air conditions are on the way, which is great news for all of us.
is a helpful site for checking air quality by zip code.
The seven-day rolling average number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Contra Costa dropped slightly, from 103 on August 5 to 96 on August 24. The average percentage of tests administered in the county that come back positive, meanwhile, has fallen from 8.8% on August 6 to 7.4% on August 24.
Previous health orders remain in effect. Please remember to wear a face covering when outside or near others, practice social distancing, stay home if you feel sick, except to get tested; and wash your hands thoroughly and often!
Be safe, and help others stay safe at the same time!