Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
COVID-19 Dashboard with Detailed Case and Vaccine Information
To view detailed COVID-19 case and vaccine information from Alameda County, visit Alameda County Public Health Department's new real-time data page: https://covid-19.acgov.org/data.page. The dashboard features all cases in the County (including Berkeley, which has its own health department) and vaccines administered (both first and second dose). Graphs are broken down by age, gender, and city. Keep in mind that as more testing and vaccine doses becomes available, the numbers can change dramatically. It is important to abide by the current health orders.
Number of CUMULATIVE confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alameda County: 118,289
Number of CUMULATIVE confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dublin: 2,626
data through October 24, 2021
Number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to Alameda County residents: 1,264,208 (first dose);
1,187,776 (fully vaccinated)
Number of COVID-19 vaccines administered to Dublin residents: 51,509 (first dose); 48,534 (fully vaccinated)
data through October 24, 2021
CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for Older Adults and Certain Groups - issued October 22, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now recommending that adults over the age of 65 and other groups who received initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine should get a booster shot.
As recent evidence suggests that immunity from the COVID-19 vaccination may wane over time, booster doses are recommended for older adults and younger people with underlying conditions or certain risk factors who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago, and anyone who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago. Health officials are now permitting the "mixing and matching" of vaccines, so recipients may choose a different COVID-19 vaccine than their original shot.
A single COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is now recommended if you completed a Pfizer or Moderna (mRNA) vaccination series six or more months ago and you are:
- Aged 65 or older or
- A long-term care resident that is aged 18 or older, or
- Aged 50-64 and have an underlying medical condition, or
- Aged 50-64 and at an increased risk due to poverty or lack of healthcare access
Boosters should also be considered if you are:
- Aged 18-49 and have an underlying medical condition or are at risk due to poverty or lack of healthcare access or
- Aged 18-49 and work or live in a high-risk setting, such as a shelter
The booster dose for the Moderna vaccine is one-half the dose used for the initial series. Booster doses are also recommended for anyone aged 18 and older who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Any eligible person seeking a booster shot should consult with their medical provider or access the booster through a chain pharmacy. Visit vaccines.gov for more information.
Bay Area Health Officers Issue Criteria for Lifting COVID-19 Indoor Masking Requirements - issued October 7, 2021
Bay Area health officers announced today that indoor masking requirements in public spaces may soon be lifted if certain criteria within jurisidictions are met. (The City of Dublin's jurisdiction is Alameda County.)
- The jurisdiction (Alameda County) reaches the moderate (yellow) tier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and remains at that level for three weeks;
- Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remain low and stable;
- Eighty percent of the jurisdiction's (Alameda County's) total population is fully vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson; OR eight weeks have passed since a COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by federal and state authorities for five- to 11-year-olds.
Approval of the vaccine for five- to 11-year-olds is anticipated sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving. Under this framework, it is possible that the indoor mask mandate will remain in place through the end of the year.
Alameda County Public Health Department Recommends Third Vaccine Dose for Immunocompromised Residents - Issued September 2, 2021
The Alameda County Public Health Department is now recommending that immunocompromised individuals schedule a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Third doses are authorized for moderately to severely immunocompromised people who have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines (mRNA vaccines). This is not recommended for those who received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Immunocompromised individuals are encouraged to speak with their health care provider before getting the third dose, and they must sign a self-attestation indicating that they qualify. The attestation form can be signed electronically when making an appointment. Individuals must wait until at least 28 days have passed since receiving their second dose of the vaccine, and they need to register for the same vaccine that they have already received (e.g., two doses of Moderna must be followed by a third dose of Moderna).
COVID-19 Testing Available Each Wednesday at the Dublin Senior Center - issued August 23, 2021
The City of Dublin has partnered with Curative to provide free COVID-19 testing every Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Dublin Senior Center.
Appointments are not necessary, and the service is open to all ages. Identification is required for adults, however children may get tested without ID as long as they are accompanied by a parent/guardian. Proof of insurance is not required.
The COVID-19 test is a shallow nasal swap tests, the results for which will be available within 48 hours. This weekly testing operation will continue until the service is determined to no longer be needed.
To learn more, visit https://curative.com/sites/31104.
Bay Area Health Officials Issue New Mask Mandate and Urge Immediate COVID-19 Vaccinations - issued August 2,2021
Bay Area health officers have issued Health Orders requiring masks indoors in public places. The Orders require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, including venues, gatherings, and workplaces, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3. The statement from the health officers states that "vaccines remain the most powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19, including the Delta variant." While the Delta variant is infecting a small percentage of the vaccinated in the Bay Area, "a face covering prevents further spread." Bay Area health officials urge all unvaccinated residents 12 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccinated individuals still remain strongly protected against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
The new Health Orders require wearing a well-fitting mask indoors in public settings. Indoor settings, whether public or private, are higher risk for COVID-19 transmission, especially when with people not in one's immediate household. Health officials also recommend that all employers make face coverings available to individuals entering their businesses, which are required to implement the indoor face covering order.
This latest Health order is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health.
Historical news information about the COVID-19 pandemic can be found in tables below.
Community Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Historical Information About the COVID-19 Pandemic
One Million Alameda County Residents Are Now Fully Vaccinated - issued July 23, 2021
Bay Area Counties Recommend Masking Indoors for Everyone as Precaution Against an Increase of COVID-19 - issued July 16, 2021
With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings and as an extra precautionary measure for all.
Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in settings like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated as an added layer of protection for unvaccinated residents. Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers.
Uptick in COVID-19 Cases in Alameda County - issued July 8, 2021
Alameda County Public Health Department issued a statement yesterday indicating that there’s been an increase in COVID-19 cases that threatens to exceed the Spring 2021 wave seen earlier this year. Hospitalizations are also on the rise. In early June, cases and hospitalizations were at their lowest levels since April 2020. The daily number of cases averaged as low as 28 per day. As of yesterday, daily cases are averaging over 70 per day, with over 100 new cases reported on some recent days.
New cases are impacting those communities where vaccination rates are lowest, including in priority neighborhoods that have already been hit hardest by COVID-19. The latest increases are likely due to reopened activities along with decreasing mask use. The Delta variant of the virus is likely having an impact, too. While a small number of generally mild cases are reported among vaccinated residents, the vast majority of new cases are in unvaccinated people.
Alameda County continues to prioritize vaccinating residents in disproportionally impacted neighborhoods by partnering closely with community organizations on outreach and operating hyperlocal vaccination sites where vaccination rates are lower.
The City of Dublin held a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, July 7 at the Dublin Senior Center (sponsored by Curative), with a second clinic to be held on July 28. On July 21, the Dublin Library will hold another vaccination clinic, sponsored by Axis Community Health. The second date for that clinic will be on August 11.
Vaccination Clinics to be Held at the Dublin Library on July 21 and August 11
Axis Community Health will be holding free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at the Dublin Library (200 Civic Plaza) on Wednesday, July 21, and Wednesday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on both dates. Pfizer and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered. No insurance is needed, and multiple languages will be accommodated. The first 50 individuals getting their first dose of the vaccine will receive a $25 gift certificate to DoorDash.
City of Dublin to Host Vaccination Clinics on July 7 and July 28 at Dublin Senior Center
On Wednesday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the City of Dublin will host COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at the Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.). There is no cost for the vaccination, and neither insurance nor proof of citizenship are required. The Pfizer vaccine will be available for ages 12+. The one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available for ages 18+. While appointments are not necessary, an appointment may be scheduled at cur.tv/dublin or by calling 888-702-9042.
Cal/OSHA Approves Changes to Mask Mandate in the Workplace - issued June 17, 2021
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) voted yesterday to allow vaccinated employees to work indoors without wearing a face covering. Unvaccinated workers must continue to wear a mask indoors, unless alone in a room or vehicle. In order for employers to allow vaccinated employees to go without face coverings, they must document a worker's vaccination status. Workers do not have to provide documentation regarding their status, but can "self-attest" that they are vaccinated. Workers can decline to state if they are vaccinated or not, but they will be treated as if they are unvaccinated.
Employers must provide masks, such as the N95 mask, available for unvaccinated workers, if they request them.
No face coverings are required outdoors unless there is a COVID outbreak. If there is a COVID outbreak, masks will be mandated for all workers indoors, and outdoors if six-foot distancing cannot be maintained.
No physical distancing or barriers between workers are required, regardless of an employee's vaccination status, but employers can re-evaluate the need for barriers should an outbreak occur. Distancing and barriers will be mandated if a major outbreak of 20 or more cases occurs.
Asymptomatic workers who are fully vaccinated do not need to be tested or quarantined if they are exposed to the virus.
Alameda County Rescinds Shelter-in-Place Order to Align With the State's Public Health Order - issued June 14, 2021
Alameda County to Move into the Yellow Tier of the State's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy" - issued June 8, 2021
Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that beginning tomorrow, June 9, the County will move into the State of California's "Yellow Tier," per its "Blueprint for a Safer Economy." This comes one week prior to the date of June 15, when the State of California will no longer require physical distancing or limited capacity for most businesses and activities. Currently, Alameda County has an adjusted daily new case rate per 100,000 residents of 1.5, and a testing positivity rate of .7 percent.
In the yellow tier, capacity limits loosen for gatherings, private events, performances, gyms, bars, and more.
- Gatherings: Outdoors, maximum 100 people. Indoor gatherings are still strongly discouraged, but allowed with modifications and a maximum 50% capacity in settings where capacity limits exist or 50 people, whichever is fewer.
- Private Events: Outdoors, maximum 200 people. That rises to maximum 400 people if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. Indoors maximum 200 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. With modifications: Purchased tickets or defined guest list; eating chart/assigned seating; no intermingling of multiple private events.
- Indoor seated live events and performances: All venues must admit in-state visitors only, with weekly worker testing; digital tickets; pre-designated eating area with six feet of distance; and suites at 25% capacity with a maximum of three households.
- For venues up to 1,500 people: Maximum 25% or 300 people. That rises to 50% if all guests are vaccinated or show proof of full vaccination.
- For venues 1,501 and above: Maximum 10% capacity or 2,000, whichever is fewer with modifications and no eating or drinking. That rises to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination.
- Limited Services: Open with modifications.
- Outdoor playgrounds and outdoor recreational facilities: Open with modifications.
- Hair salons and barbershops: Open indoors with modifications.
- All retail: Open indoors with modifications.
- Shopping centers: Open indoors with modifications. Reduced capacity food courts.
- Personal care services: Open indoors with modifications.
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums: Open indoors with modifications.
- Places of worship: Open indoors with modifications. Maximum 50% capacity.
- Movie theaters: Open indoors with modifications. Maximum 50% capacity.
- Hotels and lodging: Open with modifications. Fitness and spa centers, maximum 50% capacity.
- Gyms and fitness centers: Open indoors with modifications and maximum 50% capacity. This includes steam rooms and saunas.
- Restaurants: Open indoors with modifications and maximum 50% capacity.
- Bars (where no meal is provided): Open indoors with modifications and maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
- Wineries, breweries, and distilleries: Open indoors with modifications. Maximum 50% capacity or 200 people indoors, whichever is fewer.
- Family entertainment centers: Indoors maximum 50% capacity. That rises to 75% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. With modifications: 100% masking except for food and beverage service, which must be restricted to separate areas.
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering: Open indoors with modifications and maximum 50% capacity.
- Offices: Open indoors with modifications. Encourage telework.
- Sports and live performances: Maximum 67% capacity, includes suites with 25% occupancy per suite. Assigned seating required. In-state visitors only. Indoor concessions allowed in designated areas.
- Amusement parks: Maximum 35% capacity. Indoor capacity, maximum 25% capacity with time restrictions; weekly worker testing; and in-state visitors only.
- Waterparks: Maximum 40% capacity. Indoor capacity maximum 25% capacity. Collection of contact tracing Information required.
- Overnight sleepaway camps: Open with modifications.
Alameda County to Host "Beyond the Blueprint" Town Hall Meetings for Residents and Employers - issued June 7, 2021
With the State of California planning to fully reopen the economy on June 15, Alameda County will host two virtual events in order to explain what that means for residents and businesses. The first event, for residents of Alameda County, will take place on Tuesday, June 15, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Register here: Alameda County Update: Moving Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy (constantcontact.com) (for residents).
The second event, for employers and business owners, will take place on Monday, June 21, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. This event will help employers and business owners learn about Cal/OSHA requirements, workplace safety recommendations, and more. Employers can register here: Alameda County Update: Moving Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy (constantcontact.com) (for employers). Businesses may also visit https://covid-19.acgov.org/recovery for more information.
Live translation services, in Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, and American Sign Language, will be available during the webinars.
Vaccination Site at Alameda County Fairgrounds to Close at the End of May - issued May 21, 2021
As a majority of Alameda County and Tri-Valley residents have been vaccinated, and the demand for vaccinations has decreased over the past few weeks, the mass vaccination site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds will close at the end of May. Alameda County reports that 75.3% of its residents have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 58.4% are full vaccinated. Stanford Healthcare – ValleyCare will be relocating their vaccination site to their Livermore campus at 1119 E. Stanley Boulevard. This is an indoor site, allowing for up to 700 appointments per day. Visit Stanford Healthcare - ValleyCare to learn how to book a vaccination appointment with that provider.
California to Lift All Capacity Limits and Social Distancing Requirements on June 15; Bay Area Health Officials Issue Statement of Support for Maintaining Masking Indoors - issued May 21, 2021
Citing increased vaccination rates and low COVID-19 hospitalization rates, the State of California has announced that it will no longer require physical distancing or limited capacity anywhere as of June 15. There will continue to be some guidance on face coverings, in line with the CDC guidelines. Some businesses may also continue to require masks for the health and safety of their own patrons and employees if they so choose. For large outdoor gatherings with more than 10,000 people, organizers will be required to check for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, but patrons without either of those may be allowed in if they wear a face covering. For indoor events with more than 5,000 people, attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter; masking alone will not provide entry. The Department of Public Health will also lift all isolation and quarantining requirements for travelers, and will instead issue a travel advisory that aligns with CDC guidance. Please visit Beyond the Blueprint Framework for Industry and Business Sectors, with Limited Exceptions (ca.gov) for full details. The Association of Bay Area Health Officials also released a statement this week supporting the State’s decision to maintain masking indoors, despite the CDC’s announcement that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in certain indoor settings.
Bay Area Health Officers Support California Face Masking Guidance - Issued May 19, 2021
Safe, Effective COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children, Ages 12 and Up - issued May 13, 2021
Alameda County Public Health Department has announced that the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 has been proven safe for children, ages 12 and up. The written consent of a parent or guardian will be required at the time of appointment registration and the physical presence of a parent or guardian at time of vaccination is preferred.
On May 12, both the Centers for Disease Controls (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Western States Scientific Safety Review (WSSSR) both agreed that the Pfizer vaccine can be safely administered to children, ages 12 and older, to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19.
The vaccine will be available at some providers immediately and will become available soon at others.
- Visit MyTurn.CA.gov to find clinics and pharmacies that are offering the Pfizer vaccine and have open appointments for patients 12 and older.
- Reach out to your health care provider to see when they will begin vaccinating youth, ages 12-15.
- Stanford Children’s Health at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton (Drive-Through Only): Tuesday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (BCHO) will begin vaccinating the 12-15-year-old age group on Thursday, May 13. All children and youth in the community, ages 12 to 21, are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination at BCHO. Patients 12 to 17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Vaccines are administered in the BCH Oakland Outpatient Center, 747-52nd Street, Oakland; Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday appointments may become available at a later date. To make an appointment, patients or caregivers should call (415) 514-1196, Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Alameda County’s Community Points of Dispensing (PODs) will start offering the Pfizer vaccine on Family Days, starting May 20. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will also be available for anyone who is 18 and older. Parents, guardians, or caregivers will be able to make an appointment here: https://www.primarybio.com/r/alco-vax-signup or by calling 510-208-4VAX (4829).
Oakland Coliseum Vaccination Site to Close on May 23 - issued May 5, 2021
Alameda County and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) announced that after successfully administering nearly 250,000 doses to Alameda County residents, the Oakland Coliseum mega vaccination site will be closing. The site experienced a rapid reduction in first dose appointments over the last two weeks of April. The site closure comes as CalOES concludes its deployment on May 9 and public requests for first dose appointments at the site have dropped from 4,000/day to 400/day. The County will take over the site on May 10th and keep it open for two more weeks to complete second doses. The Pedestrian Village is only open through May 9th for individuals already scheduled for second dose appointments. Alameda County is shifting to more focused and localized options that address a changing vaccine.
All Welcome for COVID Vaccine Appointments at Axis Clinics - issued May 3, 2021
In addition to Countywide vaccination efforts, Axis Community Health clinics in Pleasanton (5925 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 100) and Livermore (3311 Pacific Ave) are offering drive-thru and walk-up appointments for ages 16 and older. Call (925) 462-1755 to schedule an appointment. Vaccinations are free and no insurance is required. Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are all offered. Axis staff can accommodate multiple languages.
Places of Worship Now Allowed to Open at Full Capacity - issued April 20
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expands to All Californians, Aged 16 and Older - issued April 16
Oakland Coliseum Remains an Active Vaccination Site for Alameda County Residents - issued April 12
Governor Newsom Announces Plans to Reopen California by June 15 - issued April 6, 2021
Alameda County Moves Into Less-Restrictive Orange Tier, Allowing for Additional Activities - issued March 30, 2021
COVID-19 Testing Site at Alameda County Fairgrounds to Relocate to Livermore Location - issued March 18, 2021
As COVID-19 testing demand has dropped in recent weeks, Stanford Healthcare - Valley Care will consolidate its testing operations and relocate the site at the Alameda County Fairgrounds to an existing testing site in Livermore, effective April 1. The Livermore site is located at 1111 E. Stanley Boulevard in Livermore. That site is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to noon. While appointments are preferred, same day access without an appointment is available
State of California Allows for Additional Activities in the Red Tier - updated March 11, 2021
Alameda County Moves Back to the Red Tier Beginning March 10 - issued March 9, 2021
LAVTA to Offer Free Rides to Vaccination Sites in the Tri-Valley - issued February 26, 2021
Alameda County Seniors, aged 65+, May Now Book an Appointment Directly to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine - February 25, 2021
Alameda County Fairgrounds to Open for Appointment-Only COVID-19 Vaccinations - issued February 16, 2021
Beginning Wednesday, February 17, the Alameda County Fairgrounds will become a COVID-19 vaccination site for those with appointments through Stanford Health Care - Valley Care, Sutter Health, and Alameda County Health Department. Supply is extremely limited and drop-ins are not allowed. Currently, these health care providers are vaccinating health care workers and patients age 65 and older.
In the coming weeks, the site will also be able to open to essential workers in the Food/Agriculture, Education/Childcare, and Emergency Services sectors.
Indoor Worship Services and Cultural Ceremonies Now Allowed Under State and County Health Orders - issued February 8, 2021
Governor Newsom Lifts Current Shelter-in-Place Order - issued January 25, 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.
State of California Extends Current Shelter-in-Place Order Until Further Notice - issued January 9, 2020
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.
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Bay Area Jurisdictions Extend Stay-at-Home Order Through January 7, 2021 - issued December 16, 2020
Alameda County Announces Plans for Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution - December 14, 2020
Outdoor Playgrounds Now Open Again for Use - December 9, 2020
Alameda County to Adopt State's Regional Stay-at-Home Restrictions Beginning Monday, December 7 - issued December 4
Governor Newsom Issues Regional Stay-at-Home Order - December 3, 2020
Curfew Imposed by State of California to Help Curb COVID-19 - November 19, 2020
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.
Alameda County Health Officer Announces a Pause on Further Openings of Activities - November 12, 2020
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.