Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Alameda County Public Health Department Launches New COVID-19 Website

Alameda County Public Health Department has launched a new, user-friendly website devoted to COVID-19.  The webpage features links to the latest information on County Shelter-in-Place Orders; Reopening and Recovery; Health and Safety; Contact Tracing; and more.  Visit for the latest updates about the coronavirus and the County's response.

COVID-19 Dashboard with Detailed Case Information

To view detailed COVID-19 case information from Alameda County, visit Alameda County Public Health Department's new real-time data page: The dashboard features all cases in the County (including Berkeley, which has its own health department).  Graphs are broken down by age, gender, and city.  Keep in mind that as more testing becomes available, the numbers can change dramatically. It is important to abide by the Shelter-in-Place Order. 

Number of CUMULATIVE confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alameda County: 64,760

Number of CUMULATIVE confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dublin: 1,232           

data through January 14, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines: Sign Up to Get Notified When it's Your Turn - issued January 13, 2021

Alameda County Public Health Department has created registration forms for residents, employers, and health care providers to inform you when it is your turn to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The County is following the State's prioritization framework, which is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.  How quickly the vaccine will be distributed to different groups will be based on the vaccine supply provided to the County.

The County is currently in the first phase (Phase 1A) of vaccine distribution, and anticipates beginning Phase 1B in February (as vaccine supply allows).  These confidential forms are not a registration to receive a vaccine, but are to inform you of the status of distribution. Completing the form helps the County in its planning efforts.  In the meantime, the County urges everyone to protect themselves from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance from others, avoiding crowds, and washing  hands frequently.  

For more information, and to complete the form, please visit:

State of California Extends Current Shelter-in-Place Order Until Further Notice - issued January 9, 2020

Due to a severe decrease in ICU capacity across the Bay Area and other regions, the State of California has extended its current Shelter-in-Place Order for the region until further notice.  With current ICU capacity at just three-percent, and COVID cases on the rise, the State could not estimate how long the current Order will last.  

Residents are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible and continue to wear a mask whenever going out for essential business or outdoor exercise. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit

State of California Expected to Extend Current Shelter-in-Place Order - issued January 8, 2020

The State of California is expected to announce on Saturday, January 9, that the current regional Shelter-in-Place Order will remain in effect until the Bay Area Region meets or exceeds 15% ICU capacity.  Currently, the ICU capacity in our region is at 3.5% capacity.  Alameda County cannot act on its current Order until the State formally announces the status of our region.

The County also announced that the region is experiencing the greatest surge in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.  All residents are encouraged to remain at home, and to wear a mask whenever going out for essential needs.

Read the full press release from Alameda County Public Health Department.

Bay Area Jurisdictions Extend Stay-at-Home Order Through January 7, 2021 - issued December 16, 2020

Due to I.C.U. capacity falling below the 15-percent threshold in the Bay Area Region, Alameda County and seven other Bay Area jurisdictions have extended the most recent Stay-at-Home Order through January 7, 2021.  However, because the County's restrictions already align with the State of California's restrictions, no additional changes have been made to the Order.

If, after three weeks, the ICU capacity meets or exceeds the 15-percent threshold, the Order could be lifted.  Alameda County reports that the week ending on December 12 was the worst week of the pandemic so far in the County, with 5,000 new COVID cases reported.  All residents are asked to stay at home as much as possible, avoid all gatherings, and wear a mask when it becomes necessary to leave home.  

Read the full press release.

Alameda County Announces Plans for Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution - December 14, 2020

Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that it expects to receive its initial supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as early as December 15.  The first shipment, containing 12,675 doses, will be distributed to frontline hospital workers and 9-1-1 first responders, as they are at the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19.  Residents and staff at long-term care facilities will be next to receive the vaccine.  Additional doses of the vaccine are expected in the coming weeks.

Phase Two of vaccine distribution would go to essential and critical infrastructure workers; older adults; people with underlying health conditions; and those in jail or prison or living in other group settings. Phase Three will be distributed to children, young adults, and people working in lower risk settings.  Phase Four will include those not in the first three phases. 

The County's vaccine planning includes community education and engagement; health care systems coordination; and immunization logistics for the coordination of distribution.

Read the full press release.

Outdoor Playgrounds Now Open Again for Use - December 9, 2020

The State of California has reversed its health order regarding the use of outdoor playgrounds. While indoor playgrounds and recreation sites remain closed, outdoor playgrounds will be re-opened, but visitors must comply with certain requirements:

  • Face masks worn over the mouth and nose are required for everyone two years of age or older, with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
  • Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of six feet or when the capacity limit has been reached.
  • Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least six feet apart.
  • Families should consider visiting playgrounds on different times or days to avoid wait times and potentially crowded areas.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed in playground area, in order to ensure face masks are worn at all times.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
  • Elderly persons or those with underlying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.
  • Limit visit to 30 minutes per day when others are present.

Alameda County to Adopt State's Regional Stay-at-Home Restrictions Beginning Monday, December 7 - issued December 4

Alameda County Public Health announced today that the County, along with other Bay Area jurisdictions, will adopt the State of California's Regional Stay-at-Home framework, beginning Monday, December 7, at 12:01 a.m., through Monday, January 4, 2021.  During this time, all private gatherings and non-essential travel are prohibited.

The area Public Health Officers believe that this early action is needed because the number of new cases is rising rapidly in the region, and more cases are expected as a result of Thanksgiving gatherings.  Hospitalizations are already matching the peak seen during the summer and there is a high risk of exhausting the system's capacity.  This is a regional issue because hospitals provide overflow capacity for neighboring jurisdictions, and our neighboring counties have seen rapid increases in the past two weeks.

During this time, all private gatherings and non-essential travel are prohibited and the following activities are restricted:

  • K-12 Schools - Only schools that are currently offering in-person learning may continue to be open.
  • Non-urgent Medical and Dental Care - Open, with modifications.
  • Childcare and Pre-K - Open, with modifications.
  • Stand-alone Grocery Stores - Permitted indoors at 35% capacity with entrance metering.  Eating and drinking are prohibited in stores, and masks are required to be worn.  Special hours must be made available for seniors and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Retail and Shopping Centers - Permitted indoors at 20% capacity with entrance metering.  Eating and drinking are prohibited in stores, and masks are required to be worn.  Special hours must be made available for seniors and those with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Restaurants - Take-out and delivery, only.
  • Hotels and Lodging - Open for critical infrastructure support, only.
  • Offices - Remote work, only, except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Indoor Playgrounds - Closed.   Order amended on December 9 to allow for outdoor playgrounds to be open.
  • Indoor Recreational Facilities - Closed, except for indoor pools which teach drowning prevention classes, including swim lessons with certified instructors. 
  • Hair Salons/Barbershops - Closed
  • Personal Care Services - Closed
  • Limited Services - Closed, unless identified as Critical Infrastructure per State of California.  Those deemed non-essential, including shoe repair, pet groomers, and dog walkers, can be open with curbside pickup and drop-off only.
  • Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums - Closed
  • Wineries - Closed
  • Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries - Closed
  • Family Entertainment Facilities - Closed
  • Amusement Parks - Closed
  • Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering - Closed
  • Outdoor Recreational Facilities - Outdoor operations, only; no food, drink, or alcohol sales permitted.  Overnight campground stays are prohibited.
  • Places of Worship and Political Expression - Outdoors, only; limited to 100 people for places of worship.

Governor Newsom Issues Regional Stay-at-Home Order - December 3, 2020

Governor Newsom has announced a new regional stay-at-home order that is directly tied to hospital ICU capacity.  Currently, the Bay Area will likely be subject to the new stay-at-home order by mid-to-late December.

Continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  For more information about the new order, visit

Curfew Imposed by State of California to Help Curb COVID-19 - November 19, 2020

With the recent increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout California, Dr. Erica Pan, the State's Acting Public Health Director, has called for a 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew for all communities that are in the Purple Tier of the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy."  Those conducting essential business during those hours or are traveling to and from work are exempt.  The curfew will be in effect from Saturday, November 21, at 10:00 p.m., through Monday, December 21, at 5:00 a.m.  The order may be extended or revised as needed.

The State has explained that this Order does not prevent restaurants from operating after 10:00 p.m. for takeout and does not prevent people from going to the grocery store or pharmacy for essential needs, or walking their dog in their neighborhood.

Further Restrictions in Place Due to Increase in COVID-19 Cases - November 16, 2020

Due to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the State of California, 41 counties in California, including Alameda County, have been moved back to the Purple Tier - the most restrictive tier in the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy."  The City of Dublin has yet to hear whether the Alameda County Health Officer is planning to further restrict activities beyond what’s included in the State mandate.  Once that information is known, the City will share it with the public.

Sectors which will be allowed to continue operating indoors, with modifications, include:

  • Critical infrastructure
  • Hair salons and barbershops 
  • All retail with a maximum 25% occupancy
  • Shopping centers and malls with a maximum 25% occupancy; common areas and food courts must remain closed.
  • Personal Care Services, such as nail salons
  • Hotels and and other lodging
  • Limited Services (e.g., laundromats, dry cleaners, auto repair, landscapers, janitorial, home repair, contractors, etc.)

Sectors which can remain open, but must operate outdoors, with modifications, include:  

  • Gatherings (with a maximum of three households participating). 
  • Outdoor playgrounds and recreational facilities
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Places of Worship 
  • Movie theaters 
  • Restaurants
  • Wineries 
  • Family Entertainment Centers (Kart Racing • Mini Golf • Batting Cages)
  • Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering

Sectors which must remain closed:

  • Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries (where no meal provided) 
  • Bowling Alleys, Ice Skating, Roller Skating, Arcades, Indoor Playgrounds
  • Amusement Parks
  • Live audience sports

To prevent further spread of COVID-19, residents are asked to avoid gathering with people outside of one's household; limit activities; and continue to wear masks or other face coverings when outside of the home.

View the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier structure.

Read the revised Health Order (dated November 17). 

COVID-19 Testing Site - - New hours - 9:00 to Noon

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Site at Alameda County Fairgrounds 

COVID-10 testing continues at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with a maximum testing of 240 individuals each day. The testing is done in coordination with the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin, and the Alameda County Fairgrounds. If daily capacity is reached prior to 12:00 p.m. each day, signage will be posted at the gate 12 entrance of the fairgrounds.  No appointment is needed. Testing is still available to patients with or without a physician order.

Further Details

Individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms will be tested, as well as asymptomatic individuals who fall into a number of categories.  Visit for information.  All insurances are accepted and will be billed, but there will be no out-of-pocket costs.  Those without insurance will have the cost of testing waived.  Cash pay fees are waived.

Test results may take up to 72 hours but may be available sooner.

Patients will need to provide a phone number or email address to receive results and follow-up information.

To Access the Testing Site

Enter through the Alameda County Fairgrounds Gate 12, located off Valley Avenue, Pleasanton. Follow signage to the testing location.

Alameda County Health Officer Announces a Pause on Further Openings of Activities - November 12, 2020

Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Alameda County and the State of California, the County Health Officer has issued a pause on further openings and activities, and anticipates moving back into a more restrictive tier, based on the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy."

In recent weeks, the County has seen a steady climb in new COVID-19 cases reported, as well as COVID-19 hospitalizations.  The County's daily new cases per 100,000 people has risen from a low of 3.4 to 4.9.  If the current trend continues, Alameda County will move back into the Red Tier, and quite possibly, the very restrictive Purple Tier.

With the holiday season approaching, and people gathering indoors, the County urges residents to be extra cautious and to wear face coverings whenever leaving home.  Other recommendations are to stay at least six feet away from people outside of one's household, and to continue to wash hands frequently. 

Read the full press release.

Bay Area Health Officials Issue Joint Recommendations for Safer Holidays and Travel - November 9, 2020

A joint statement was released by Bay Area Health Officers, with recommendations regarding upcoming holiday gatherings and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The statement recommended that holiday gatherings should only include members from one's household, as contact with extended family and friends increases the risk of getting and spreading the novel coronavirus.  All gatherings should be "small, short, stable, and outdoors."  

Additionally, all nonessential travel, including holiday travel, is not recommended.  Travel outside of the Bay Area will increase the risk of catching and spreading the virus.  For those who must travel over the holidays, the Health Officers recommend a self-quarantine of 14 days following a return to the Bay Area.  

The statement also included recommendations on how to celebrate the holidays without gathering, including attending virtual parties; decorating one's home or yard; participating in drive-in events and activities; and visiting holiday-themed outdoor art installations.

Read the full press release. 

Alameda County Moves Into Less-Restrictive Orange Tier, Allowing for Additional Activities


- October 13

With the State of California's announcement today that Alameda County has moved into the Orange Tier of its "Blueprint for a Safer Economy," the County will allow for additional activities to resume, with limited capacities, beginning October 26.  Additionally, the County will also allow additional outdoor activities to resume beginning Friday, October 16, including the opening of outdoor playgrounds.  Families are cautioned to follow the State's playground guidelines closely, as the use of high-touch surfaces, such as play structures, pose a greater risk of spreading COVID-19.  Masks are required of anyone over the age of two, and people from different families should maintain a distance of six feet from one another. 

Beginning Monday, October 26, the County will also allow:

  • Indoor dining up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less
  • Indoor worship services up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less 
  • Indoor theaters up to 25% capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is less 
  • Expansion of indoor retail and malls at up to 50% capacity and permitting limited food courts

These activities are allowed in the Red Tier.  The County will not yet allow activities to resume which the State lists in the Orange Tier.  The County also warns that if they see a spike in COVID-19 cases and a rise in hospitalizations, they may again place restrictions on activities.  With flu season nearing, residents should continue to follow safety guidelines including washing hands regularly, keeping a physical distance of six feet from others, and wearing a mask.  

Bay Area Health Officers Issue Guidance on How to Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

As we near the month of October, when many families participate in fall gatherings and activities, Bay Area Health Officers have created guidelines for how to safely celebrate holidays such as Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

Because typical Halloween activities, such as trick-or-treating, create a high risk for contracting COVID-19, officials are recommending "focusing on decorations, limiting activities to the people you live with, and virtual costume parties or contests."  

The statement reminds Alameda County residents that local and State Health Officer Orders are still in effect, which deem gatherings, events, or parties with non-household members off-limits unless they are conducted in compliance with local and State Health Orders:

Residents are reminded to gather only with people in their social bubble (a stable group of not more than 12 people).

Read the full press release to learn which activities are considered safe, and which are considered a higher risk for contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

County Health Officer Announces the Phasing in of Some Indoor Activities - October 1

Alameda County Health officials have announced that it will allow for some additional indoor activities to resume, with limited capacity.  With its position in the Red Tier, based on the State of California's "Blueprint for  a Safer Economy," the County will now allow the following activities beginning Friday, October 9:

  • Gyms, fitness centers, dance studios, and other exercise facilities may open at 10% capacity; restrictions on aerobic activity.
  • Hotels and short-term lodging rentals may open; fitness centers and indoor pools are restricted.
  • Libraries may open at 25% capacity. 
  • Museums, zoos, galleries, and botanical gardens may open at 25% capacity.
  • Outdoor film, television, and musical production may resume.
  • Personal care services (e.g., non-medical massages, skin care, waxing services, tattoos, piercings, non-medical electrolysis) may open.  Services requiring the removal of face coverings are still prohibited.

Additionally, elementary schools may open on October 13, if individual school districts feel ready to proceed with in-person learning.

The Health Order also states that the County "will consider permitting middle and high school students to return to in-person education in four-to-twelve week phases as local disease conditions allow."  The opening of elementary schools will allow the County to gauge the impact of re-opening on transmission of COVID-19.

The County also reported meeting a new equity metric required by the State, in that its testing positivity rates among the most disadvantaged neighborhoods are within the same range as the County's overall positivity rates.

Alameda County Health Officer Taking a Cautious Approach to Re-Opening  - September 22, 2020

Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that the County has moved into the COVID-19 Red Tier, based on the State of California’s color-coded "Blueprint for  a Safer Economy."  However, the County remains cautious in allowing additional activities to resume.  At this time, there is no change to which activities are allowed in the County.  

For the next two weeks, through October 6, the County plans to watch the COVID-19 data to ensure that the metrics remain stable before opening up new activities.  For the next phase of reopening, the County’s top priority is to bring students back to the classrooms for in-person learning.  

Alameda County Public Health Department Announces Nail Salons are Now Allowed to Operate Indoors - September 25, 2020

The Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that nail salons operating indoors with appropriate safety measures would add minimal risks to customers and staff, thus allowing the operation of indoor nail salons, effective immediately.

Alameda County Vehicle-Based Gathering Order Updated – September 14, 2020

Effective September 14, 2020, the Alameda County Health Officer updated the Vehicle-Based Gathering Order to allow some additional car-based gatherings for live performances and entertainment. The updated Order now permits live performances including entertainment like musical, theatrical and artistic performances, lectures, presentations, movie showings, as well as religious and cultural ceremonies. Gatherings may now include up to 400 cars and concessions are permitted to be sold at events with restrictions, including requirements that concessions be purchased in advance and for pick-up during assigned times to avoid gathering in lines.

Hosts of live performances for more than 200 vehicles are required to submit a Live Performance Plan in advance to Alameda County Public Health Department via email. The plan will include requirements for face coverings, temperature and symptoms screenings, physical distancing and cleaning and sanitization. 

  • Occupants of the vehicle must be from the same household and remain in the vehicle, except to use the restroom or picking up pre-purchased concessions. 
  • If any of the windows on a vehicle are open, all occupants of the vehicle must wear a face covering in conformance with the Face Covering Order.
  • Vehicles must be parked at least six feet apart from other vehicles. 
  • For clarity, an enclosed motor vehicle does not include a motorcycle, a convertible with the top open, the open rear floor of a pickup truck, a vehicle with no doors, or a bicycle. 

Alameda County Health Order to Allow for Indoor Operation of Barbershops and Hair Salons - September 3, 2020

The latest Health Order, issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department on Wednesday, September 2, now allows for the indoor operation of barbershops and hair salons, beginning Friday, September 4.  The Order also allows for additional outdoor dance classes and non-contact fitness classes. Shared play structures are to remain closed. 

The Alameda County Health Order issued on Friday, August 28, placed restrictions on the number of people gathering in grocery stores and retail establishments in order to ensure proper social distancing.  Schools must also continue to provide distance learning only.  That Order, effective August 31, states:

  • Grocery and other food stores must operate at 50% capacity.
  • Malls and indoor retail stores may open with 25% capacity.

Guidance for hair salons and barbershops can be found here.

The State of California recently announced a shift from its Monitoring List to a color-coded, four-tier blueprint for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.  Alameda County is in the Purple Tier.   In order to allow in-person learning, the County must be able to move into the Red Tier and remain so for 14 days.   To move into the Red Tier, the County’s case rate will need to be between 4-7 new cases per day per 100,000 residents, and a positive testing rate between 5-8%.

New Alameda County Health Order Expands Retail Openings with Limits on Capacity - August 31, 2020
Previous Order Also Allows for the Expansion of Further Outdoor Activities

On Friday, August 28, the Alameda County Health Officer issued a new Health Order, allowing for further openings and activities in the County, but restricting the number of people gathering in one place to ensure proper social distancing.  Schools must also continue to provide distance learning only.  The Order, effective August 31, states:

  • Grocery and other food stores must operate at 50% capacity.
  • Malls and indoor retail stores may open with 25% capacity.

To determine the allowed occupancy of commercial space, visit

The Health Officer will continue to monitor several key indicators when moving forward with future expansion of businesses and recreational activities:

  • The trends in the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per day.
  • Capacity of hospitals and the health system in the County and region.
  • The supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) available for hospital staff and other healthcare providers and personnel who need PPE to safely respond to and treat COVID-19 patients.
  • The ability and capacity to quickly and accurately test persons to determine whether they are COVID-19 positive, especially those in vulnerable populations or high-risk settings or occupations. 
  • The ability to conduct case investigation and contact tracing for the volume of cases and associated contacts that will continue to occur, isolating confirmed cases and quarantining persons who have had contact with confirmed cases.

A previous Health Order, which went into effect on August 28, allowed for the further expansion of outdoor activities, including outdoor public swimming pools; outdoor personal care services; and outdoor tastings at wineries, with some restrictions.  That Order allows for the reopening of outdoor hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, waxing services, skin care, and non-medical massages. However, services that require a client to remove their face covering, as well as eyebrow threading, waxing, and eyelash treatments, are still prohibited.  Tattoo, piercing, and electrolysis businesses are also not allowed to resume at this time.

Wineries in Alameda County may offer outdoor tastings by appointment, without needing to provide food. However, this does not apply to bars, breweries, pubs, or brewpubs.

The Dublin Wave is now offering lap swimming/water walking activities, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Visit to reserve a lane.

Guidance for operation of outdoor personal services, outdoor pools, and other industries and businesses that have reopened can be found here. All businesses must complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan, and protocols and procedures to protect customers and employees from COVID-19 must be in place prior to reopening.

Supportive Services Money for COVID-19 Affected Workers

The Tri-Valley Career Center, through the Alameda County Workforce Development Board, is assisting those who have lost wages/income due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new grant program.  Learn more: 

City of Dublin Parks and Sports Fields Information

City of Dublin Staff and Dublin Police Services monitor all Parks for compliance with Alameda County Health Officer Orders to control COVID-19. 

  • Playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas, water fountains, and other high-touch facilities are closed and shall not be used.
  • Organized groups and sports leagues must obtain a permit prior to use of fields, courts, or other park facilities. 
  • Childcare or Youth Extracurricular Activity is limited to not more than 12 children and an appropriate number of supervising adults.
  • Users must maintain minimum social distancing of six feet (6’) from any other person and wear face coverings.
  • Shared equipment and physical contact between sports or activity participants is prohibited except between immediate family members, living units, or within a childcare or camp setting.
  • Activities are prohibited if users cannot maintain a separation of six feet from other users.

 Please visit to learn more. 

Let’s Eat, Dublin! Support Dublin Restaurants to Win a $25 Gift Card!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, community members have been encouraged to show their support for Dublin restaurants by participating in the #DublinEats campaign. Starting July 3, supporting Dublin eating establishments may win you a $25 gift card!

In response to the Shelter-in-Place Order in March, the City created #DublinEats, a social media campaign to promote awareness of Dublin restaurants offering to-go and delivery service.  With most restaurants now open in limited operation, and the recent addition of outdoor dining (where available), the City of Dublin has come up with a new campaign to encourage support of local eateries.

Beginning Friday, July 3, simply order 10 meals from 10 different restaurants in Dublin, post about each meal on Facebook or Instagram, and then submit screenshots of your posts to receive a $25 gift card from a local eating establishment!

How It Works:

Posts on Facebook or Instagram must include three elements:

  • the tag (or name) of the eating establishment
  • the hashtag #DublinEats
  • a unique photo of the meal

Meals must be at least $10 in value and purchased since July. Meals can be ordered to-go, for delivery, or outdoor dining (where available).

Prizes are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one prize per household. Promotion is limited to residents and workers in the Tri-Valley area. This promotion will end once all the prizes have been claimed.

To redeem your $25 gift card, simply take screenshots of the ten social media posts and email them to Include your name and mailing address. Once we confirm you have ten or more eligible #DublinEats posts, we’ll mail you the gift card.

2020 #dublineats Promotion graphic

Temporary Changes to Dublin Zoning Ordinance to Assist Restaurants, Retail, and Fitness Establishments

The Dublin City Council has authorized the temporary waiver of certain Zoning Ordinance requirements to facilitate business operations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This action is being taken in an effort to assist restaurants, retail, fitness, and other businesses in need of outdoor space that are experiencing, and will continue to experience, severe negative economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including distancing requirements established by Health Orders for the safety of customers, workers, and the general public.

The June 5, 2020, Health Order is currently in effect; however, Alameda County has announced in a press release dated June 12, 2020, that there will be an easing of regulations to allow for outdoor dining, retail, and fitness establishments to reopen starting Friday, June 19, 2020.  In preparation for the easing of restrictions, businesses may file a request for a waiver with the City of Dublin’s Planning Division related to outdoor seating for restaurants, temporary outdoor display of merchandise for retail businesses, or outdoor fitness classes for fitness gyms/studios.

There is no fee associated with this waiver, which can be filed electronically and will be reviewed within 48 hours.  Businesses can download the COVID-19 Relief Temporary Use Permit Application online and submit it to

Discounts on Your Energy Bill

Low income households, and households with recently furloughed or laid-off workers, can get nearly 35% off on their electricity bill, and 20% off natural gas. The City of Dublin and East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the local provider for clean power, want to help our community reduce electricity and natural gas utility bills by encouraging residents to enroll in the California Alternate Rates for Energy Program also known as CARE. Visit for helpful resources, including a  five-minute tutorial on how to enroll, and responses to frequently asked questions.

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Resources for Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you own a Dublin business, visit the COVID-19 Business Impacts webpage for more information, including resources for impacted businesses and the #DublinEats campaign.

Community Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please contact any one of the following agencies for help or services during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Many of our local non-profit partners can provide information or essential services, such as food; health care and supplies; or crisis support.

Alameda County Food Distribution and Essential Services Site Map

Axis Community Health  

CityServe of the Tri-Valley

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County

Open Heart Kitchen

Tri-Valley Haven

Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley  Also in need of volunteers.

Spectrum Community Services - Meals on Wheels

2-1-1 Eden I & R

Stanford Valley Care
Supply and Equipment Donations Instructions 
Food Donations

Local Facebook Group: Tri-Valley Community Help During Shelter In Place

To provide health or volunteer support, please also contact these agencies at the links provided.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

On Friday, August 28, the State of California issued a "Blueprint for a Safer Economy," a stringent, careful statewide plan for living with COVID-19 that replaces the County Data Monitoring List.  It features revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.


September 28, 2020 - Bay Area Health Officers Issue Guidance on How to Celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos 

As we near the month of October, when many families participate in fall gatherings and activities, Bay Area Health Officers have created guidelines for how to safely celebrate holidays such as Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

Because typical Halloween activities, such as trick-or-treating, create a high risk for contracting COVID-19, officials are recommending "focusing on decorations, limiting activities to the people you live with, and virtual costume parties or contests."  

The statement reminds Alameda County residents that local and State Health Officer Orders are still in effect, which deem gatherings, events, or parties with non-household members off-limits unless they are conducted in compliance with local and State Health Orders:

Residents are reminded to gather only with people in their social bubble (a stable group of not more than 12 people).

Read the full press release to learn which activities are considered safe, and which are considered a higher risk for contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

July 15, 2020 - Outdoor Dining Allowed to Continue in Alameda County While Worship Services Must Move Outdoors

Alameda County’s Variance Attestation has been approved by the State of California, which now allows for the continuation of outdoor dining throughout the County. However, the State of California has also added Alameda County to a COVID-19 Monitoring List, which means that worship services must occur outdoors with social distancing and safety precautions in place.  Indoor malls must also close for at least three weeks, which will not affect Dublin retailers.

The Health Order states that while outdoor dining may continue, face coverings are required at ALL times and may only be removed during the physical act of eating or drinking.

June 29, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer Issues a "Pause" on Reopening

Due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the region, the Alameda County Public Health Department as announced that it will be taking a "pause" on its reopening plans.  While certain indicators in measuring progress in combating the illness, such as testing capacity and hospital inpatient bed capacity, have been favorable, the increase in recent hospitalizations has been a cause for some concern.   

The Health Department advises that residents continue to protect themselves and others by wearing face coverings and staying six feet away from others in public; staying home as much as possible, particularly when ill; and washing hands frequently.

June 19 - Alameda County Public Health Order Revised to Allow Additional Activities to Resume

Following last week’s announcement that the Alameda County Health Officer would soon be allowing for a greater relaxation of the Shelter-in-Place Order, a new Order has been officially released, allowing certain activities to resume, effective June 19. 

The Order allows:

  • Small gatherings of individuals from different households or living units (a "Social Bubble") to take place in outdoor spaces; no one should be a member of more than one Social Bubble
  • Childcare providers to provide care to all children, not just children of essential workers
  • Educational institutions to offer career internship and pathways programs
  • Libraries to open for curbside pickup of books and other media
  • Replaces the prior Order’s Social Distancing Protocol with a Site-Specific Protection Plan for businesses allowed to operate under the Order
  • Allows certain business providing services with limited person-to-person contact, including appliance repair and pet grooming services, to resume operations


  • Permitted indoor/outdoor, including malls
  • Stores must limit capacity to 50% of normal maximum capacity or the number of people who can maintain a distance of six feet from each other at all times, whichever is lower
  • Stores may move goods outside for display or sales if local permits allow
  • Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) recommends continuing curbside and delivery services as much as possible

Religious and Cultural Ceremonies

  • Limited to fewer than 100 people or 25% of the building/area capacity, whichever is lower
  • Permitted indoors or outdoors; ACPHD strongly recommends a limit of 25 participants
  • ACPHD strongly recommends continuing virtual services  
  • Food and beverage sales/distribution are discouraged
  • Local guidance includes recommended modifications for common practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission

First Amendment Events

  • Outdoor, in-person political gathering or protest permitted
  • Everyone should wear face coverings and stay six feet apart

Outdoor Dining

  • Outdoor seating arrangements limited to six people per table, all from same household or same Social Bubble
  • Tables must be six-feet apart
  • Entertainment events not allowed
  • Restaurant must comply with relevant laws, regulations, and permitting requirements
  • Takeout and delivery options strongly encouraged
  • Alcohol sales:
    • Alameda County is not a Variance County at this time, and restaurants seeking a Temporary Catering Permit to serve alcohol outdoor from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control may experience delays
    • Wineries with on-site restaurants may do tastings with food pairings outdoors
    • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries that do not provide sit-down meals themselves can contract with another vendor to do so. The alcohol must be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
    • Bars must remain closed to the public, but may provide pickup/takeaway service with the sales of bona fide meals.  These meals may be provided by an affiliate restaurant or by a food service provider that partners with the bar.  Alcohol and meal delivery must occur in the same transaction at the same location.

Outdoor Fitness Classes

  • Limited to 12 people at a time, spaced at least 6 feet apart at all times
  • Person-to-person contact prohibited
  • Sharing equipment is prohibited

Outdoor Museums, Outdoor Historical Sites, and Publicly Accessible Gardens

  • Members of the public may not access any indoor components of site

Dog Parks

  • Humans should maintain six feet physical distance from one another at all times 
  • Common water facilities should not be used
  • Signage must be posted to tell people to avoid entering if they have a fever or cough

College Sports

  • Colleges may resume non-contact training activities with strict physical distancing 
  • Must be in stable groups of 12 or fewer

Please note that all travel, except for essential travel, is still prohibited.

June 18 - Governor Newsom Announces Face Covering Order

Governor Newsom has ordered that starting today, Californians must wear face coverings in common areas and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible.  

June 12, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer to Allow More Activities Beginning June 19

Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan plans to allow more activities, including all retail, outdoor dining, outdoor museums, outdoor fitness, and limited religious beginning on Friday, June 19, throughout Alameda County.

While pickup and delivery services are still encouraged, indoor and outdoor retail, and outdoor dining will be allowed, as long as social distancing and safety measures are in place.  These align with State guidelines.  Likewise, religious services will be permitted to resume for up to 100 people or 25 percent of building capacity, whichever is lower.  However, religious leaders are encouraged to continue to provide virtual services and provide services outdoors.

In light of these less-restrictive orders, "employers are advised to implement COVID-19 health screenings before staff enters a facility," and employees are expected to complete a self-assessment and stay home from work if they are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Residents are also encouraged to continue to practice good hygiene, especially in washing hands; wear face coverings outside the home; maintain proper social distancing; and limit contact with people outside of their Social Bubble.

COVID-19 testing will continue at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for at least the next four weeks for residents, age 10 and older, of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Testing may end earlier than 1:00 p.m. if staff runs out of test kits.  If that occurs, a sign will be posted at Gate 12 off of Valley Avenue.  There is no cost for residents. 

June 8 - Face Covering Order Expanded

An Order which became effective on Monday, June 8, states that "face coverings must be worn at all times by all members of the public, including outdoors while engaged in physical activities - walking, running, biking, etc. - and within 30 feet of people outside their household."   However, a person is not required to wear a face covering during the entire duration of their activity, but should carry a face covering for easy access should they come within 30 feet of another individual.  Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face covering, and children two years old or younger should not wear a face covering.

Alameda County COVID-19 Reopening Plan

June 5, 2020  - Alameda County Health Officer Updates Shelter-in-Place Restrictions and Broadens Face Covering Order

In two new orders issued today by Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan, shelter-in-place restrictions are slightly relaxed, while face covering rules have been expanded.

Effective Monday, June 8, the Shelter-in-Place Order will allow for:

  • Small gatherings of individuals from different households to take place in outdoor settings, subject to certain conditions;
  • Childcare workers to provide care to all children, not just children of essential workers; youth extracurricular activities may resume under certain conditions;
  • Educational institutions to resume career internship and pathways programs;
  • Libraries to open for curbside pickup of books and other media; 
  • Certain businesses providing services with limited person-to-person contact, including appliance repair and pet grooming services, to resume operations.

Small outdoor gatherings are also permitted for people belonging to the same Social Bubble (a group of 12 or fewer people from different households):

  • Participation is restricted to only one Social Bubble at a time;
  • The Social Bubble group should be maintained for three weeks;  
  • Members of a Social Bubble are encouraged to comply with Social Distancing Requirements and wear face coverings when feasible.

The Order also states that "residents can expect that outdoor museums, outdoor restaurant dining, religious services, and additional outdoor activities, such as outdoor fitness classes, will resume in phases in upcoming relaxations to the Shelter-in-Place restrictions."

A second Order issued today from Dr. Pan broadens the current Face Covering Order.  The new Order goes into effect on Monday, June 8, and says that "face coverings must be worn at all times by all members of the public, including outdoors while engaged in physical activities - walking, running, biking, etc. - and within 30 feet of people outside their household."   However, a person is not required to wear a face covering during the entire duration of their activity, but should carry a face covering for easy access should they come within 30 feet of another individual.  Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face covering, and children two years old or younger should not wear a face covering.

Alameda County Public Health Department has also issued a plan for the further expansion of activities:

Alameda County COVID-19 Reopening  Plan

May 18, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer Issues New Orders Allowing Additional Restricted Business Operations

The Alameda County Health Officer has issued new orders today, allowing some additional businesses to resume operations on a limited scale, and permitting highly regulated vehicle-based gatherings.

Given that new cases of COVID-19 have been stable or decreasing, allowing for sufficient capacity in local hopitals, and daily testing for the virus has increased each day, Bay Area health officers issued a joint statement, allowing for retail establishments to begin storefront pick-up; and enabling manufacturing, warehousing, and logistical operations that support retail businesses to also resume.  All businesses in operation must follow social distancing and public health guidance to protect its employees and customers.  Businesses must continue to enforce physical distancing which includes:

  • Continuing teleworking for those employees who can do so.
  • Staggering employee breaks.
  • Training employees on proper methods to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Establish disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning of businesses.
  • The wearing of protective face coverings and maintaining a distance of six feet from other employees.

These orders do not include the opening of office workplaces, malls, or restaurants (other than for take-out dining).

The new order also allows for vehicle-based gatherings of up to 200 cars for up to three-hour events.  The car gatherings must be invitation-only events with security present.  Occupants must be of the same household; wear face coverings if car windows are open; and remain in cars at all times (other than to use a restroom).  No food or drink at these gatherings will be permitted.

Residents are still to shelter at home; wear facial coverings when visiting essential businesses; and maintaining a distance of six feet of others.

Update on Businesses Restrictions and Allowable Business Operations

Alameda County Health Order Summary - May 18

May 8, 2020 - Dublin City Council Approves Small Business Emergency Microloan Program

To help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19, the Dublin City Council recently approved the establishment of a Small Business Emergency Microloan Program.  The objective of the program is to offer financial assistance to Dublin small businesses, with a focus on retaining local restaurants and retailers within Dublin to augment state and federal financial assistance programs.

The program provides zero-interest, unsecured, short-term loans of up to $10,000 to eligible Dublin small businesses. The loan program offers a forgiveness component for those businesses that meet the longevity and/or the sales tax generation requirements.

The City of Dublin has created a microloan webpage, which details loan eligibility requirements and restrictions, as well as the application process.  Microloan Program graphic showing storefront with text Dublin Small Business Emergency Microloan Pro

May 7, 2020 - Current Health Orders Remain in Effect Throughout Alameda County

While Governor Newsom announced the easing of some restrictions as California moves into the second phase of reopening the State’s economy, most Bay Area counties, including Alameda County, have announced that some phases - including allowing curbside pick-up from some non-essential retailers - will NOT be allowed per the State’s announcement.  Read the press release from the Bay Area counties.

May 4, 2020 - Governor Newsom Provides Update on Planned Stage 2 Reopening of the State

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that some businesses and employers in the retail, manufacturing, and logistics sectors may be able to reopen as early as Friday, May 8, if they can meet the guidelines provided by the State. Not all Stage 2 businesses will be able to open Friday with modifications. Some examples of businesses that may be able to open with modifications include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores.

Other Stage 2 sectors, such as offices and dine-in restaurants, will be part of a later Stage 2 opening. The State is also working with school districts and the California education community to determine how best and safely to reopen schools at some point. 

While the State will be moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2, counties can choose to continue more restrictive measures in place based on their local conditions, and the State expects some counties to keep their more robust stay-at-home orders in place beyond May 8.

May 4, 2020 - A Recording of the "Pivoting Your Business in Response to COVID-19" Webinar is Now Available.

If you missed last week’s free webinar, "Pivoting Your Business in Response to COVID-19," presented by the City of Dublin and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, you can now view a recording of the webinar at

Dublin Mayor David Haubert, Dublin Chamber CEO Inge Houston, and the City’s Economic Development staff were joined by four Dublin businesses that have pivoted their business model in response to COVID-19. The panelists included Nikki Pham, owner of Boba Bliss; John Samples, owner of INC 82 Brewing; Ron Kodl, co-owner and President of Shapes Fitness for Women - Dublin; and Patricia Cornet, Vice President of Marketing at Vagaro.

May 1, 2020 - Applying for a Building Permit During the Shelter-in-Place Order

With the recent changes to the Shelter-in-Place Order as it relates to construction, please visit the City’s Building Division webpage to apply for a Building Permit.

April 30, 2020 - Governor Newsom Announces New Online Portal to Help Parents Find Child Care Options

Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a new online portal to help parents, including essential workers and vulnerable families, to find "safe, reliable, and accessible child care options."  Read more:

April 29, 2020 - Shelter-in-Place Order Extended to May 31

While efforts taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have been effective, local health officers say that risk to public health remains. New health orders issued by the Alameda County Public Health Department extend the current Shelter-in-Place Orders through May 31, with the easing of some restrictions.  

The Health Officer Order requires that most people continue to stay home unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities" or to engage in certain low-risk activities, which include:

  • Performing tasks or activities essential to personal or family health and safety;
  • Obtaining necessary services and supplies, including perishable goods, food, and medical supplies;
  • Performing work providing essential products and services;
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, including to take care of pets, going on a walk, or exercising - as long as individuals do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between each other.

The Order allows a limited number of additional Essential Businesses and certain lower risk Outdoor Businesses to resume operating:

  • All construction projects that follow the Construction Project Safety Protocols included with the order in Appendix B;
  • All real estate transactions, with restrictions on open houses and limited tours;
  • Childcare, camps, and educational/recreation programs that provide care for children of people who are allowed to work outside of their homes;
  • Outdoor businesses such as nurseries, landscaping, and agriculture that normally operated outdoors prior to the shelter-in-place orders; and
  • Use of certain outdoor recreational facilities, as long as social distancing procedures are in place.
  • As a condition of operating under this Order, the operators of all businesses must prepare or update, post, implement, and distribute to their personnel a Social Distancing Protocol for each of their facilities frequented by personnel or members of the public.

Read the Shelter-in-Place Order dated April 29, 2020.

April 23, 2020 - Alameda County Social Services Agency Introduces a Food Distribution and Services Map

Alameda County Social Services Agency, in conjunction with Alameda County Emergency Operations Center, Alameda County Community Food Bank, and other community partners, has created an online resource to connect residents with food distribution sites and other essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information provided is meant to be as comprehensive as possible, which includes dates and time of operation, a description of services provided and location information. County residents are encouraged to visit the website early and often – resource information will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

View the map:

April 22, 2020 - Governor Newsom Introduces "Californians for All"

Governor Newsom has introduced "Californians for All," a new website to organize volunteers throughout the State.  To sign up, visit: 

April 17, 2020 - Alameda County Health Officer Issues New Order Requiring Use of Masks

Alameda County Public Health Department has issued a new order REQUIRING members of the public and workers to wear face coverings or masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020, but provides for a grace period in enforcement until 8:00 a.m. on April 22, 2020. While the purpose of the grace period is to allow people and businesses time to implement the requirements of the Order, they should comply as soon as possible within the time frame.

Face coverings can be made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. Medical-grade masks are not required.   

April 8, 2020

A COVID-19 mobile testing station is now operating in the Stanford Health Care/ValleyCare Medical Center parking lot (5555 W. Las Positas Blvd., Pleasanton). ANYONE with a physician’s order and non-acute symptoms can be tested.  Call 650-736-5211 for an appointment.  The site is open Monday to Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., in parking lot F. 

Stanford Medicine also has testing locations and capacity throughout Pleasanton. Patients that are part of Stanford Community of Physicians can visit the location at 5725 Stoneridge Dr. This is a drive-through for non-acute symptoms.…/stanford-offers-drive-through-co…

April 4, 2020

Martin Canyon Creek Trail has been reopened.  Please keep social distancing in mind when walking the trail.

April 1, 2020 Update:

Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered that all public schools in California shall remain closed for the duration of the academic school year to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent.  Most schools, however, are providing distance learning.

April 2, 2020 Update: 

Martin Canyon Creek Trail has been closed.

March 31, 2020 Update: New Shelter-in-Place Order Issued by Alameda Country Through May 3

Due to the increased number of cases of the novel coronavirus in the Bay Area, putting a strain on healthcare resources, Alameda County, and six other jurisdictions, have extended the "shelter in place" order for all residents through Sunday, May 3.  The previous order was set to expire on April 7.  The new order includes additional restrictions on businesses and recreation.   Some of the changes include:

  • Use of areas that encourage social gathering including playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, outdoor gym equipment, and barbecue areas is now prohibited.
  • Use of shared recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited.  Sports that require people to share the same ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household.
  • Essential businesses are directed to prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol at each of their facilities by April 3.
  • Most construction - residential and commercial - is prohibited.
  • Funerals are limited to no more than 10 attendees.
  • The list of essential businesses now includes service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries; title companies; Realtors; etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies; rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities.
  • Essential businesses must scale down their operations to include essential services only.
  • Landscapers and similar service professionals may only provide services that are necessary to maintain the sanitation, habitability, or operation of residences or businesses, or for safety reasons. They may not provide services that are cosmetic or for general upkeep.

The directive allows for people to go shopping for necessary food and supplies, accessing essential healthcare, and providing assistance to family and friends in need.  Getting outdoor exercise is deemed alright as long as people maintain a distance of six feet from others. Grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinary services, gas stations, auto repair shops, hardware stores, banks, and laundry services may remain open; restaurants may stay open to provide takeout food only. 

All residents are to work from home, or stop working, unless they provide an essential service, such as health care workers; police, fire, and other emergency responders; and utility providers, including sanitation workers, plumbers, and electricians. Police have been given the authority to enforce the “shelter-in-place” order.

Per the most recent Shelter-in-Place Order, all City of Dublin dog parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf courses, public picnic areas, and barbecue sites have been cordoned off.  

March 21 Update:  

The City of Dublin has closed all playgrounds at Dublin parks.  

March 16

Alameda County Announces a "Shelter-in-Place Order" Until April 7; City of Dublin Declares a State of Emergency

2020 Open for Business Listing During COVID-19


The City Dublin has cancelled all non-essential meetings until further notice. Dublin City Council meetings are being held via Zoom Video Teleconferencing.  The public can livestream the meetings on or on t.v. Channel 28.  Public Comment are allowed; an online speaker slip is available to the public at, and directions are provided to speakers enabling them to address the City Council from a remote location.

Low-Cost Internet Services Available for Families

As education and work shift home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, internet providers are helping customers by providing unlimited data, boosting internet speeds, opening up WiFi hotspot networks to the public, and waiving late charges. Many internet providers now have payment plans and have agreed to not terminate service for customers affected financially by the pandemic. Visit to see what major internet providers are doing in response to COVID-19 for customers and low-income families.