Coronavirus reopening in the Bay Area: Here’s what each county does and doesn’t allow

The Bay Area continues to emerge from pandemic health restrictions as coronavirus case rates and test rates improve. Most counties have advanced to the second-strictest red tier in the state’s color-coded reopening system, with only Contra Costa and Sonoma still in the most-restrictive purple tier.

California’s online “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” shows each county’s status and spells out which activities and businesses are allowed under that tier. However, each county may choose to keep tighter restrictions. As a result, the state’s website may not reflect what is actually allowed in each county.

Here’s a county-by-county rundown of what’s currently open and closed in the Bay Area, based on local guidance.

SAN FRANCISCO

Tier status: San Francisco has been in the red tier for three weeks, and has met orange tier thresholds for the past two weeks. It has filed a formal request for the state to re-evaluate its data in order to advance to the next tier. San Francisco is conducting more coronavirus tests than any other county in California, and thus its case rate may be adjusted down by the state health department to account for that. A similar process allowed the city to move from the purple tier to the red tier.

Latest assessments: 3.3 per 100,000 case rate, 2.3% positive test rate

 Coronavirus reopening in the Bay Area: Here’s what each county does and doesnt allow

Next week’s potential status? San Francisco could move into the less restrictive orange tier if its case rate remains below 4.

Schools: In-person learning for students up to sixth grade with permission from the health department. SFUSD continues with distance learning. Tentatively, middle schools will be allowed to reopen in October, and high schools in November.

What is currently open:

• Essential businesses like health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks

• Restaurants for outdoor dining, pickup or delivery

• Bars, pubs and breweries that offer outdoor sit-down meals

• Outdoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Indoor retail, including malls, with 25% capacity, plus closed common areas and food courts;

• Indoor and outdoor personal care services such as hair and nail salons, barbershops, tattoo, piercing and massage parlors

• Indoor gyms and fitness centers at 10% capacity

 Coronavirus reopening in the Bay Area: Here’s what each county does and doesnt allow

• Outdoor museums, zoos, historical sites, publicly accessible gardens and swimming pools with limited capacity

• Indoor museums, zoos and aquariums with 25% capacity

• Parks, golf courses, dog parks, skate parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts and outdoor recreation facilities

• Places of worship and political facilities can allow one person indoors and 50 people outdoors with physical distancing

• Indoor funerals with up to 12 people

• Indoor health emergency respite centers, like cooling and cleaner air centers

• Elementary schools for in-person learning, on a rolling basis with approved safety plans (SFUSD continues distance learning)

• Higher and adult education, up to 14 people outdoors (indoors requires approved safety plan)

• Specialized and targeted support services for vulnerable children and youth

• Outdoor family entertainment centers, including drive-in theaters

• Low-contact service businesses like appliance, automobile or shoe repair, car washes, laundromats and pet grooming

• Indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, with limitations

• Outdoor activities like walking and biking with proper social distancing

• Construction, real estate transactions and other outdoor businesses with physical distancing requirements

• Child care, preschools, educational programs and summer camps with stable groups of up to 12

• Hotels and lodging

• Tour buses and boats

• Manufacturing and warehouse facilities

• Professional sports games, tournaments and other entertainment venues without spectators

• Curbside library services

What is not open

• SFUSD schools for in-person instruction

• Restaurants for indoor dining

• Indoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Bars, breweries and pubs that don’t offer outdoor sit-down dining

• Hot tubs, spas, saunas and steam rooms

• Indoor movie theaters, community centers and concert venues

• Playgrounds and recreational team sports

• Indoor museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums

• Cardrooms, casinos and satellite wagering sites

• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors

• Public events and gatherings, including nightclubs, convention centers, theme parks, festivals, concerts and live audience sports

ALAMEDA

Tier status: One week in red tier 2

Latest assessments according to state data: 3.5 per 100,000 case rate; 2.5% positive test rate

Next week’s potential status? Alameda moved from the strictest purple reopening tier to the red tier on Tuesday. Its current case rate and test positivity rate are below the threshold to move to the orange level. However, the county must remain in its current red tier for at least three weeks before it can move tiers again.

Schools: Despite moving to the red tier, the Alameda County Public Health Department has instructed schools to continue with distance learning. If the county’s metrics remain stable through Oct. 6, the health department will release a phased reopening plan that will include schools.

What is currently open:

• Essential businesses like health care, grocery stores (50% capacity), pharmacies, banks

• Restaurants for outdoor dining, pickup or delivery

• Bars, pubs and breweries that offer outdoor sit-down meals

• Outdoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Indoor retail, including malls, with 25% capacity, plus closed common areas and food courts

• Indoor and outdoor hair salons and barbershops; outdoor nail salons, non-medical messages, skin care and waxing services

• Outdoor gyms, fitness centers and non-contact fitness classes

• Outdoor museums, historical sites, publicly accessible gardens and swimming pools

• Outdoor recreational activities, including miniature golf, batting cages, driving ranges and kart racing

• Parks, golf courses, dog parks, skate parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts and outdoor recreation facilities

• Outdoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies

• Outdoor political gatherings or protests with physical distancing

• Distance learning for K-12 schools and higher education

• Low-contact service businesses like appliance or automobile repair, car washes, laundromats and pet grooming

• Indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, with limitations

• Small outdoor gatherings of 12 or fewer individuals from similar social bubbles

• Outdoor activities like walking and biking with proper social distancing

• Construction, real estate transactions and other outdoor businesses with physical distancing requirements

• Child care facilities and day camps

• Manufacturing and warehouse facilities

• Curbside library services

What is not open:

• Restaurants for indoor sit-down eating

• Indoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Bars, breweries and pubs that don’t offer outdoor sit-down dining

• Indoor religious services and protests

• Tattoo parlors, piercings and electrolysis services

• Indoor gyms and fitness studios

• Hot tubs, spas, saunas and steam rooms

• Movie theaters, family entertainment centers, community centers and concert venues

• Public or private gatherings of more than 12 people

• Playgrounds and recreational team sports

• Indoor museums and zoos

• Cardrooms, casinos and satellite wagering sites

• Door-to-door sales and services

• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors

• Public events and gatherings, including nightclubs, convention centers, theme parks, festivals, concerts and live audience sports

CONTRA COSTA

Tier status: Three weeks in purple tier 1

Latest assessments: 6.5 per 100,000 case rate; 4% positivity rate

Next week’s potential status? Contra Costa is currently in the most strict purple reopening tier. It could move to the red tier if its case rate remains below 7.

Schools: Distance learning for K-12 schools and higher education; in-person instruction for TK-6 schools in stable groups of no more than 14 students and two adults with waiver approval.

What is currently open:

• Essential businesses like health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks

• Restaurants for outdoor dining, pickup or delivery; bars, pubs and breweries that offer outdoor sit-down meals

• Outdoor wineries and tasting rooms; indoor retail, including malls, with 25% capacity, plus closed common areas and food courts; indoor and outdoor hair salons and barbershops

• Outdoor nail salons, non-medical messages and other personal care services that don’t require close contact with the face

• Outdoor gyms, fitness centers and non-contact fitness classes

• Outdoor museums, historical sites, publicly accessible gardens, exhibit spaces, drive-in theaters and swimming pools

• Outdoor recreational activities, including miniature golf, batting cages, driving ranges, shooting ranges and kart racing

• Parks, golf courses, dog parks, skate parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts and outdoor recreation facilities

• Outdoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies

• Outdoor political gatherings or protests with physical distancing

• Low-contact service businesses like appliance or automobile repair, car washes, laundromats and pet grooming

• Indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, with limitations

• Small outdoor group gatherings

• Outdoor activities like walking and biking with proper social distancing

• Construction, real estate transactions and other outdoor businesses with physical distancing requirements

• Child care facilities and day camps

• Manufacturing and warehouse facilities

• Hotels and lodging

• Curbside library services

What is not open:

• Restaurants for indoor sit-down eating

• Indoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Bars, breweries and pubs that don’t offer outdoor sit-down dining

• Indoor religious services and protests

• Tattoo parlors, piercings, electrolysis services and other personal care services that require close contact with the face, such as permanent makeup, facials and waxing

• Indoor gyms and fitness studios

• Hot tubs, spas, saunas and steam rooms

• Movie theaters, family entertainment centers, community centers and concert venues

• Playgrounds and recreational team sports

• Indoor museums and zoos

• Cardrooms, casinos and satellite wagering sites

• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors

• Public events and gatherings, including nightclubs, convention centers, theme parks, festivals, concerts and live audience sports

MARIN

Tier status: Two weeks in red tier 2

Latest assessments: 4.8 per 100,000 case rate, 2.6% positivity test rate

Next week’s potential status? Would remain in red tier 2 based on current case rate.

Schools: Distance learning for K-12 schools and higher education; in-person instruction for TK-6 schools with waiver approval.

What is currently open:

• Essential businesses like health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks

• Restaurants for indoor dining with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, plus outdoor dining, pickup and delivery

• Bars, pubs and breweries that offer outdoor sit-down meals

• Outdoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Indoor retail, including malls, with 50% capacity, plus plus closed common areas and limited capacity for food courts

• Indoor and outdoor hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage therapy, tattoo parlors and other personal services with modifications

• Indoor gyms and fitness studios with a maximum 10% capacity plus outdoor gyms and fitness centers; indoor museums, zoos and aquariums with 25% capacity

• Indoor movie theaters with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

• Outdoor recreational activities, including miniature golf, batting cages, driving ranges, shooting ranges and kart racing

• Parks, beaches, golf courses, dog parks, skate parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, outdoor recreation facilities and limited swimming pool use

• Indoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, plus outdoors

• Outdoor political gatherings or protests with physical distancing

• Outdoor vehicle-based gatherings

• Low-contact service businesses like appliance or automobile repair, car washes, laundromats and pet grooming

• Indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, with limitations

• Small gatherings of 12 or fewer people from the same social bubble

• Outdoor activities like walking and biking with proper social distancing

• Construction, real estate transactions, charter boat operation and other outdoor businesses with physical distancing requirements

• Child care facilities and day camps

• Manufacturing and warehouse facilities

• Hotels and short-term lodging

• Libraries at 50% capacity

What is not open:

• Indoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Bars, breweries and pubs that don’t offer outdoor sit-down dining

• Hot tubs, spas, saunas and steam rooms

• Community centers and concert venues

• Playgrounds and recreational team sports

• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors

• Public events and gatherings, including nightclubs, convention centers, theme parks, festivals, concerts and live audience sports

NAPA

Tier status: Three weeks in red tier 2

Latest assessments: 4.3 per 100,000 case rate, 2.3% positive test rate

Next week’s potential status? Would remain in red tier 2 based on current case rate.

Schools: Distance learning for K-12 schools and higher education; individual schools and districts and can decide if it’s safe to open for in-person instruction beginning Sept. 14.

What is currently open:

• Essential businesses like health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks

• Restaurants for indoor dining with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, plus outdoor dining, pickup and delivery

• Bars, pubs and breweries that offer outdoor sit-down meals

• Outdoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Indoor retail, including malls, with 50% capacity, plus closed common areas and food courts limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

• Indoor and outdoor hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage therapy, tattoo parlors and other personal services with modifications

• Indoor gyms and fitness studios with a maximum 10% capacity plus outdoor gyms and fitness centers; indoor museums, zoos and aquariums with 25% capacity

• Indoor movie theaters with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

• Outdoor recreational activities, including miniature golf, batting cages, driving ranges, shooting ranges and kart racing

• Parks, beaches, golf courses, dog parks, skate parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, swimming pools and outdoor recreation facilities

• Indoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, plus outdoors

• Outdoor political gatherings or protests with physical distancing

• Low-contact service businesses like appliance or automobile repair, car washes, laundromats and pet grooming

• Indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, with limitations

• Outdoor activities like walking and biking with proper social distancing

• Construction, real estate transactions and other outdoor businesses with physical distancing requirements

• Child care facilities and day camps

• Manufacturing and warehouse facilities

• Hotels and lodging, including fitness centers at 10% capacity

• Curbside library services

What is not open:

• Indoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Bars, breweries and pubs that don’t offer outdoor sit-down dining

• Hot tubs, spas, saunas and steam rooms

• Community centers and concert venues

• Playgrounds and recreational team sports

• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors

• Public events and gatherings, including nightclubs, convention centers, theme parks, festivals, concerts and live audience sports

SAN MATEO

Tier status: One week in red tier 2

Latest assessments: 6.6 per 100,000 case rate, 4.5% positive test rate

Next week’s potential status? Would remain in red tier 2 if case rate, which rose from 6 to 6.6, remains below 7.

Schools: Distance learning for K-12 schools and higher education; individual schools and districts and can decide if it’s safe to open for in-person instruction without a waiver after two weeks in red tier.

What is currently open:

• Essential businesses like health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks

• Restaurants for indoor dining with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, plus outdoor dining, pickup and delivery

• Bars, pubs and breweries that offer outdoor sit-down meals

• Outdoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Indoor retail, including malls, with 50% capacity, plus closed common areas and food courts limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

• Indoor and outdoor hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage therapy, tattoo parlors and other personal services with modifications

• Indoor gyms and fitness studios with a maximum 10% capacity plus outdoor gyms and fitness centers

• Indoor museums, zoos and aquariums with 25% capacity

• Indoor movie theaters with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

• Outdoor recreational activities, including miniature golf, batting cages, driving ranges, shooting ranges and kart racing

• Parks, beaches, golf courses, dog parks, skate parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, swimming pools and outdoor recreation facilities

• Indoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, plus outdoors

• Outdoor political gatherings or protests with physical distancing

• Low-contact service businesses like appliance or automobile repair, car washes, laundromats and pet grooming; indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, with limitations

• Outdoor activities like walking and biking with proper social distancing

• Construction, real estate transactions and other outdoor businesses with physical distancing requirements

• Child care facilities and day camps

• Manufacturing and warehouse facilities

• Hotels and lodging, including fitness centers at 10% capacity

• Curbside library services

What is not open:

• Indoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Bars, breweries and pubs that don’t offer outdoor sit-down dining

• Hot tubs, spas, saunas and steam rooms

• Community centers and concert venues

• Playgrounds and recreational team sports

• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors

• Public events and gatherings, including nightclubs, convention centers, theme parks, festivals, concerts and live audience sports

SANTA CLARA

Tier status: Three weeks in red tier 2

Latest assessments: 4.7 per 100,000 case rate, 2.4% positive test rate

Next week’s potential status? Would remain in red tier 2 based on current case rate.

Schools: Distance learning for K-12 schools and higher education; individual schools and districts and can decide if it’s safe to open for in-person instruction beginning Sept. 14.

What is currently open:

• Essential businesses like health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks

• Restaurants for outdoor dining, pickup and delivery

• Bars, pubs and breweries that offer outdoor sit-down meals

• Outdoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Indoor retail, including malls, with 50% capacity, plus closed common areas and limited capacity in food courts

 Coronavirus reopening in the Bay Area: Here’s what each county does and doesnt allow

• Indoor and outdoor hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage therapy, tattoo parlors and other personal services with modifications

• Indoor gyms and fitness studios with a maximum 10% capacity plus outdoor gyms and fitness centers

• Indoor museums, zoos and aquariums with 25% capacity

• Outdoor recreational activities, including miniature golf, batting cages, driving ranges, shooting ranges and kart racing

• Parks, beaches, golf courses, dog parks, skate parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, swimming pools and outdoor recreation facilities

• Outdoor gatherings of up to 60 people for worship services, cultural ceremonies and protests or political activities

• Car-based gatherings, including drive-in theaters

• Low-contact service businesses like appliance or automobile repair, car washes, laundromats and pet grooming

• Indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, with limitations

• Outdoor activities like walking and biking with proper social distancing; construction, real estate transactions and other outdoor businesses with physical distancing requirements

• Child care, summer camps, summer schools and other educational and recreational programs with limits of 12 or fewer participants

• Manufacturing and warehouse facilities

• Hotels and lodging, including fitness centers at 10% capacity

• Libraries with 50% capacity

What is not open:

• Indoor dining

• Indoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Bars, breweries and pubs that don’t offer outdoor sit-down dining

• Indoor gatherings, including religious services and political activities

• Indoor personal services that require the removal of face coverings, such as facials and face makeup application

• Hot tubs, spas, saunas and steam rooms

• Community centers, concert venues and movie theaters

• Playgrounds and recreational team sports

• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors

• Public events and gatherings, including nightclubs, convention centers, theme parks, festivals, concerts and live audience sports

SOLANO

Tier status: One week in red tier 2

Latest assessments according to state data: 6.5 per 100,000 case rate; 3.4% positive test rate

Next week’s potential status? Solano County would remain in the red tier if the case rate, which rose from 5.3 to 6.5, remains below 7.

Schools: Distance learning for K-12 schools and higher education. Individual schools and districts can decide if it’s safe to open for in-person instruction without a waiver after two weeks in the red tier.

What is currently open:

• Essential businesses like health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks

• Restaurants for indoor dining with a 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever is fewer), plus outdoor dining, pickup and delivery

• Bars, pubs and breweries that offer outdoor sit-down meals

• Outdoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Indoor retail, including malls, with 50% capacity, plus closed common areas and food courts limited to 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever is fewer)

• Indoor and outdoor hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage therapy, tattoo parlors and other personal services with modifications

• Indoor gyms and fitness studios with a maximum 10% capacity plus outdoor gyms and fitness centers

• Indoor museums, zoos and aquariums with 25% capacity

• Indoor movie theaters with 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever is fewer)

• Outdoor recreational activities, including miniature golf, batting cages, driving ranges, shooting ranges and kart racing

• Parks, beaches, golf courses, dog parks, skate parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, swimming pools and outdoor recreation facilities

• Indoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies with 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever is fewer), plus outdoors

• Outdoor political gatherings or protests with physical distancing

• Low-contact service businesses like appliance or automobile repair, car washes, laundromats and pet grooming

• Indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, with limitations

• Outdoor activities like walking and biking with proper social distancing

• Construction, real estate transactions and other outdoor businesses with physical distancing requirements

• Child care facilities and day camps

• Manufacturing and warehouse facilities

• Hotels and lodging, including fitness centers at 10% capacity

• Curbside library services

What is not open:

• Schools for in-person instruction without waiver approval at least until Oct. 6

• Indoor wineries and tasting rooms; bars, breweries and pubs that don’t offer outdoor sit-down dining

• Hot tubs, spas, saunas and steam rooms

• Community centers and concert venues

• Playgrounds and recreational team sports

• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors

• Public events and gatherings, including nightclubs, convention centers, theme parks, festivals, concerts and live audience sports

SONOMA

Tier status: Three weeks in purple tier 1

Latest assessments according to state data: 8.3 per 100,000 case rate; 4.6% positive test rate

Next week’s potential status? Sonoma County would remain in the purple tier based on the current case rate.

Schools: Distance learning for K-12 schools and higher education. In-person instruction for TK-6 schools with waiver approval.

What is currently open:

• Essential businesses like health care, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks

• Restaurants for outdoor dining, pickup or delivery

• Bars, pubs and breweries that offer outdoor sit-down meals

• Outdoor wineries and tasting rooms

• Indoor retail, including malls, with 25% capacity, plus closed common areas and food courts

• Indoor and outdoor hair salons and barbershops

• Outdoor nail salons, non-medical messages, skin care and waxing services

• Outdoor gyms, fitness centers and non-contact fitness classes

• Outdoor museums, historical sites, publicly accessible gardens and swimming pools

• Outdoor recreational activities, including miniature golf, batting cages, driving ranges and kart racing

• Parks, golf courses, dog parks, skate parks, campgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts and outdoor recreation facilities

• Outdoor places of worship and cultural ceremonies

• Outdoor political gatherings or protests with physical distancing

• Low-contact service businesses like appliance or automobile repair, car washes, laundromats and pet grooming

• Indoor cleaning services such as housekeeping and janitorial services, with limitations

• Outdoor activities like walking and biking with proper social distancing

• Construction, real estate transactions and other outdoor businesses with physical distancing requirements

• Child care facilities and day camps

• Manufacturing and warehouse facilities

• Curbside library services

What is not open:

• Schools for in-person instruction without a waiver

• Restaurants for indoor sit-down eating

• Indoor wineries and tasting room

• Bars, breweries and pubs that don’t offer outdoor sit-down dining

• Indoor religious services and protests

• Tattoo parlors, piercings and electrolysis services

• Indoor gyms and fitness studios

• Hot tubs, spas, saunas and steam rooms

• Movie theaters, family entertainment centers, community centers and concert venues

• Playgrounds and recreational team sports

• Indoor museums and zoos

• Cardrooms, casinos and satellite wagering sites

• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors

• Public events and gatherings, including nightclubs, convention centers, theme parks, festivals, concerts and live audience sports

Kellie Hwang and Mike Massa are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: kellie.hwang@sfchronicle.com, mmassa@sfchronicle.com

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