COVID-19: What's Open and What's Closed in Bay Area Counties

A doctor with the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic walks by a supportive sign on a boarded-up shop in the Haight Ashbury area of San Francisco on March 17, 2020.  (Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)

Updated Aug. 2, 2020

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom in July ordered that all counties in the state once again shut down bars and cease indoor services at restaurants, entertainment centers and a host of other businesses.

In addition, the entire Bay Area is now subject to additional restrictions mandated for counties the state has put on its COVID-19 monitoring list. That list has grown to include about three dozen counties experiencing elevated case numbers and other metrics trending in the wrong direction. These counties have had to reclose indoor activities at fitness centers, malls, salons and houses of worship. On-site office work, unless essential, is also prohibited.

You can see the opening status of different sectors within each Bay Area county by clicking on the links below.

Alameda

On July 12, the state placed Alameda County on its COVID-19 monitoring list, indicating elevated disease transmission.

The county had already called a halt on June 29 to its plans for reopening, citing concerns about COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases. Details are in the latest public health order.

Open

  • Essential businesses – includes health care, grocery stores, banks, bike repair, hardware, plumbers, electricians, laundromats
  • Child care and camps – up to 12 children and adults per group Each unit should remain intact for a minimum of three weeks, and each participant is restricted to one group at a time.
  • Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery
  • Small outdoor gatherings of 12 or fewer individuals from different households but similar social bubbles
  • Limited outdoor religious services and cultural ceremonies
  • Libraries for curbside service
  • Pet grooming services
  • Outdoor fitness classes
  • Indoor retail, except malls, with physical distancing
  • Some manufacturing and logistics operations
  • Dog walking and pet grooming
  • Outdoor religious services and cultural ceremonies
  • Dog parks, skate parks, golf courses, most state parks and other outdoor recreational facilities
  • Outdoor political gatherings and protests

Closed

  • Indoor dining
  • Schools for in-person classes. Elementary schools can apply for a waiver.
  • Movie theaters, entertainment venues, zoos, museums and card rooms
  • Indoor gyms and fitness centers
  • Offices of nonessential businesses
  • Indoor personal care services like hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, body waxing establishments and tattoo parlors
  • Indoor shopping malls
  • Recreational areas with frequently touched equipment, such as playgrounds
  • Sports requiring shared equipment or physical contact
  • Indoor religious services

Contra Costa

Contra Costa is currently on the state's monitoring list. The county has tightened restrictions on face coverings, requiring them for outdoor dining when customers are not consuming food or drink. Members of extended-family “social bubbles” must also use face coverings when gathering. Under a new ordinance, people can be fined $100 or more for not wearing a mask or violating other COVID-19 health orders.

Here's are the county's reopenings at a glance, as well as the latest public health order.

Open

  • Essential businesses – includes health care, grocery stores, banks, bike repair, hardware, plumbers, electricians, laundromats
  • Indoor retail, except malls, with physical distancing
  • Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery
  • Outdoor museums and drive-in movie theaters
  • Libraries, curbside only
  • Outdoor religious services and cultural ceremonies with limitations
  • Dentist offices
  • Child care and camps
  • Parks (including picnic areas)
  • Campgrounds and RV parks
  • Outdoor pools
  • Tennis courts and golf courses

Closed

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Offices for nonessential sectors
  • Schools for in-person classes. Elementary schools can apply for a waiver.
  • Indoor personal care services like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors, hair salons and barbershops
  • Indoor malls
  • Indoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies
  • Breweries, bars and pubs, wineries and tasting rooms
  • Indoor dining
  • Movie theaters, card rooms and family entertainment centers
  • Indoor zoos and museums
  • Hotels for tourism
  • Recreational team sports

Marin

Marin is currently on the state's county monitoring list.

Marin has implemented a social bubble model, allowing pods of up to 12 people who agree to limit their face-to-face socializing to only each other, with the group staying intact for at least three weeks. Details are in the county's guidance on social bubbles.

Open

  • Essential businesses – includes health care, grocery stores, banks, bike repair, hardware, plumbers, electricians, laundromats
  • Agriculture
  • Auto dealerships – limited service
  • Child care
  • Construction
  • Dental offices
  • Driving schools/instruction
  • Essential government functions
  • Funeral homes, mortuaries and cemeteries
  • Financial institutions
  • Landscaping services
  • Media services
  • Real estate
  • Outdoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies up to 100 people
  • Indoor retail with restrictions
  • Libraries – curbside and mail only
  • Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery
  • Outdoor personal care services, including nail salons, hair salons and barbershops, and massage services
  • Pet grooming
  • Outdoor museums and drive-in movie theaters
  • Athletic fields and outdoor recreational activities
  • Boat launches
  • Charter boat operators
  • Dog parks
  • Regional beaches and parks, including picnic areas
  • Skate parks
  • Summer/sports camps
  • Outdoor pools
  • Tennis courts and golf courses
  • Muir Woods National Monument

Closed

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Offices for nonessential sectors
  • Indoor personal care services like nail salons, hair salons and barbershops, body waxing, tattoo parlors, massage services, sun tanning services and estheticians
  • Indoor malls
  • Indoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies
  • Schools for in-person classes. Elementary schools can apply for a waiver.
  • Breweries, bars and pubs, wineries and tasting rooms
  • Indoor dining
  • Movie theaters, card rooms and family entertainment centers
  • Indoor zoos and museums
  • Hotels, motels, and short-term rentals for tourism
  • Indoor community centers
  • Indoor protests
  • Concerts and live theater
  • Creative businesses (e.g., indoor group music or art classes)
  • Fairs and festivals
  • Libraries – indoor
  • Pet-handlers,  pet-transporters, and pet-training services
  • Playgrounds
  • Team sports (without live audiences)

Napa

State officials added Napa County to the coronavirus watchlist on July 8.

Face coverings are required for most public indoor situations. Although the county seeks voluntary compliance in wearing face masks, Napa issued an emergency ordinance, effective July 14, to start issuing citations to people not wearing coverings. The citations range from $25 to $500 for individuals and from $200 to $5,000 for businesses.

Here is the county’s shelter-at-home order, along with general state guidance for counties on the watchlist.

Open

  • Essential businesses – inlcudes health care, grocery stores, banks, bike repair, hardware, plumbers, electricians, laundromats
  • Child care and camps
  • Essential businesses
  • Restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms with outdoor seating
  • Hotels (spas, pools and fitness centers may be limited)
  • Libraries for curbside service
  • County parks and trails
  • Outdoor fitness classes
  • Stores with curbside pickup
  • Some manufacturing and logistics operations
  • Dog walking, pet grooming and other businesses with limited person-to-person contact
  • Dog parks, skate parks, golf courses, most state parks and other outdoor recreational facilities
  • Outdoor political gatherings and protests
  • Outdoor religious and cultural ceremonies

Closed

  • Indoor dining
  • Indoor malls
  • Schools for in-person classes. Elementary schools can apply for a waiver.
  • Movie theaters, entertainment venues, zoos, museums and card rooms
  • Indoor gyms and fitness centers
  • Offices of nonessential businesses
  • Indoor personal care services like hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, body waxing establishments and tattoo parlors

San Francisco

On July 17, San Francisco was added to the state's watchlist due to a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. City officials say plans for further reopening will also remain on pause. See the city's reopening timeline here.

Open

  • Essential businesses – includes health care, grocery stores, banks, bike repair, hardware, plumbers, electricians, laundromats, health care
  • Curbside and indoor retail
  • Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery
  • Dentist offices
  • Summer camps, day care and preschools, with stable groups up to 12
  • City parks, beaches and state parks
  • Outdoor museums
  • Outdoor exercise classes
  • Tennis courts and golf courses
  • Zoo
  • Dog parks
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Professional sports (without spectators)
  • Beach parking lots

Closed

  • Indoor dining
  • Bars, indoor and outdoor
  • Indoor museums and zoos
  • Indoor malls
  • Outdoor pools
  • Schools for in-person classes. Elementary schools can apply for a waiver.
  • Playgrounds
  • Indoor gyms and fitness centers
  • Offices for nonessential sectors
  • Indoor personal care services including nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors, hair salons and barbershops
  • Hotels, hospitality and short-term rentals
  • Movie theaters, billiards and bowling alleys

San Mateo

The state informed San Mateo county on Aug. 1 that some indoor businesses and activities must cease operations because the county had been on California's COVID-19 monitoring list for more than three days.

As of Aug. 2, gyms and fitness centers, hair salons, barber shops and nail salons may operate outdoors only. Shopping malls may only do business outdoors or through customer pickup. Religious services are only allowed outside. Read more from the county here.

Businesses offering tattoos, piercings and electrolysis must shut down entirely.

In recent weeks, local officials have encouraged people to wear masks to slow the spread of the virus, and county supervisors are now proposing fines for individuals who do not.

Open

  • Essential businesses – includes health care, grocery stores, banks, bike repair, hardware, plumbers, electricians, laundromats
  • Hair salons and barbershops - outdoors only
  • Gyms and fitness centers - outdoors only
  • Shopping malls - outdoors or customer pickup only
  • Retail stores
  • Hotels for tourism and individual travel
  • Campgrounds and outdoor recreation
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Outdoor recreation areas and outdoor shared recreation facilities
  • Libraries open for curbside pickup
  • Car parades and protest gatherings are also allowed
  • Charter boats
  • Limited outdoor visits and necessary indoor visits at long-term care facilities

Closed

  • Dine-in restaurants 
  • Wineries and tasting rooms (indoor)
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers 
  • Zoos and museums (indoors)
  • Card rooms 
  • Brewpubs, breweries, bars and pubs (indoor and outdoor)
  • Tattoo parlors and electrolysis services

Santa Clara

Santa Clara is currently on the state's county monitoring list. Details are in the county's most recent public health order.

Open

  • Essential businesses – includes health care, grocery stores, banks, bike repair, hardware, plumbers, electricians, laundromats
  • Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery
  • Child care
  • Construction
  • Dental offices
  • Essential government functions
  • Financial institutions
  • Health care, pharmacies and medical supply
  • Hotels, motels and hospitality
  • Landscaping services
  • Manufacturing
  • Real estate
  • Outdoor funeral services
  • Outdoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies
  • Cleaning services
  • Car washes
  • Dog walking
  • Gas stations
  • Indoor retail
  • Libraries – curbside
  • Low-contact businesses like shoe or watch repair
  • Mailing and shipping services
  • Outdoor personal care services, including nail salons, hair salons and barbershops, and massage services
  • Pet grooming
  • Athletic fields
  • Camping
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 60 people, although discouraged
  • Outdoor museums and  drive-in movie theaters
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor pools
  • Professional sports without audiences
  • Recreational and athletic facilities that host games, tournaments and competitions as long as 6 feet of distance can be maintained
  • Skate parks
  • Most state parks
  • Summer/sports camps
  • Tennis courts and golf courses

Closed

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Indoor swimming pools and saunas
  • Offices for nonessential sectors
  • Indoor personal care services like nail salons, hair salons and barbershops, body waxing, tattoo parlors, massage services, sun tanning services, and estheticians
  • Indoor malls
  • Indoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies
  • Breweries, bars and pubs, wineries and tasting rooms
  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor dining
  • Movie theaters, card rooms and family entertainment centers
  • Indoor zoos and museums
  • Stadiums
  • Music venues
  • Nonresidential adult and elder day care facilities
  • Indoor community centers
  • Indoor protests
  • Libraries – indoor

Solano

Solano is currently on the state's county monitoring list. Details are in Solano's full health order and current list of reopened sectors.

Open

  • Essential businesses – includes health care, grocery stores, banks, bike repair, hardware, plumbers, electricians, laundromats
  • Restaurants for outdoor dining, takeout, drive-through and delivery
  • Indoor retail shopping
  • Outdoor operations of nail salons, tattoo parlors, esthetician services and massage therapy
  • Outdoor places of worship
  • Day camps and child care
  • Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
  • Outdoor operations of hair salons and barbershops
  • Golf courses
  • Professional sports without a live audience
  • Hotels, lodging, and short-term rentals

Closed

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Offices for nonessential sectors
  • Indoor operations of personal care services like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors, hair salons and barbershops
  • Indoor malls
  • Indoor places of worship
  • Breweries, bars and pubs, wineries and tasting rooms
  • Indoor dining
  • Movie theaters, card rooms and family entertainment centers
  • Indoor zoos and museums

Sonoma

Sonoma is currently on the state's county monitoring list. Here are the county's most recent public health orders.

Open

  • Essential businesses – includes grocery stores, banks, bike repair, hardware, plumbers, electricians, laundromats
  • Auto dealerships
  • Child care
  • Dental offices
  • Film, music, video production and studios
  • Florists
  • Funeral homes, mortuaries and cemeteries
  • Hotels, motels and hospitality
  • Landscaping services
  • Nurseries and garden supplies
  • Real estate
  • Outdoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies of up to 100 people
  • Ports
  • Veterinary care
  • Car washes
  • Cleaning services (household/janitorial)
  • Dog walkers
  • Household repair services and hardware stores
  • Faith-based counseling
  • Farm and produce stands
  • Farmers markets
  • Indoor retail (limited)
  • Delivery services
  • Libraries, curbside only
  • Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery
  • Outdoor personal care services, including nail salons, hair salons and barbershops, and massage services
  • Pet grooming
  • Outdoor museums and  drive-in movie theaters
  • Bars, breweries and pubs that offer sit-down outdoor dining.
  • Botanical gardens
  • Casinos
  • Outdoor recreational activities
  • Recreational equipment rental
  • Outdoor sport fishing business
  • Regional beaches
  • Parks
  • Campgrounds and RV parks
  • Satellite wagering facilities and racetracks
  • Skate parks
  • Summer/sports camps
  • Outdoor pools
  • Tennis courts and golf courses

Closed

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Offices for nonessential sectors
  • Indoor personal care services like nail salons, hair salons and barbershops. body waxing, tattoo parlors, massage services, sun tanning services, and estheticians
  • Indoor pools
  • Indoor malls
  • Indoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies
  • Indoor protests
  • Breweries, bars and pubs, wineries and tasting rooms
  • Convention centers
  • Indoor dining
  • Movie theaters, card rooms and family entertainment centers
  • Indoor zoos and museums
  • Concerts and live theater
  • Ice rinks, roller rinks, indoor playgrounds like bounce centers, laser tag, and ball pits
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Theme parks
  • Festivals
  • Group picnic areas
  • Playgrounds
  • Team sports without live audiences

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