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Contra Costa County eases restrictions for retail, other industries in latest health order

Officials urge social distancing, safety protocols to protect employees, customers from potential COVID-19 exposure

Six Bay Area jurisdictions slightly relaxed the region's COVID-19 coronavirus shelter-in-place order Monday, allowing multiple industries to resume operations and retail businesses to offer storefront pick-up.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties and the city of Berkeley announced the modifications to the order after multiple indicators showed recent progress toward curbing the spread of the virus.

Since the most recent modification of the stay-at-home order on May 4, new cases have remained static or decreased even as the region ramps up its testing capacity, hospitalizations are stable or declining, hospitals and health care facilities no longer face personal protective equipment shortages and all six jurisdictions have bolstered their contact tracing and case investigation abilities.

As a result, the manufacturing and warehousing industries will be allowed to resume operations. The six counties and one city will also allow the logistical operations in support of retail businesses to resume.

Businesses will still be required to follow local physical distancing and sanitization protocols to maintain worker and customer safety.

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"We are counting on these businesses to consistently follow social distancing protocols and public health guidance to protect their employees and customers as these activities resume," the six jurisdictions said in a joint statement. "COVID-19 continues to pose a very significant risk to our communities, and that continued vigilance is necessary to ensure that we do not see an increase in spread as more activities resume."

Bay Area residents will still be required to wear face coverings in public and health officers across the region encourage members of the public to stay home as much as possible.

Retail curbside pickup

Contra Costa County residents will be able to buy retail goods from the curb starting Tuesday morning, county officials said Monday.

The relaxed restrictions take effect at 6 a.m.

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Retailers may offer curbside sales and outdoor pickups thanks to progress residents have made in containing the coronavirus.

Certain safety measures must be taken by retailers so people don't get ill.

Retailers may not display goods for sale outside their store and customers may not enter the store or any mall area. Retailers must take reasonable precautions so that customers abide by social distancing requirements. The precautions include such things as marking places so customers stand six feet apart.

"While this is not a return to normal, it is one step in that direction," Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County health officer, said.

Farnitano added that the effects of allowing curbside retailing will be monitored.

County officials are also allowing companies that make retail goods and ones that store and provide logistical support to operate. That's as long as they limit the number of employees in enclosed areas so employees can keep their distance from one another.

County officials said residents still must stay at home as much as they can, cover their mouth and nose when they leave home and maintain their distance from others.

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Contra Costa County eases restrictions for retail, other industries in latest health order

Officials urge social distancing, safety protocols to protect employees, customers from potential COVID-19 exposure

Uploaded: Mon, May 18, 2020, 11:22 am
Updated: Mon, May 18, 2020, 9:01 pm

Six Bay Area jurisdictions slightly relaxed the region's COVID-19 coronavirus shelter-in-place order Monday, allowing multiple industries to resume operations and retail businesses to offer storefront pick-up.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties and the city of Berkeley announced the modifications to the order after multiple indicators showed recent progress toward curbing the spread of the virus.

Since the most recent modification of the stay-at-home order on May 4, new cases have remained static or decreased even as the region ramps up its testing capacity, hospitalizations are stable or declining, hospitals and health care facilities no longer face personal protective equipment shortages and all six jurisdictions have bolstered their contact tracing and case investigation abilities.

As a result, the manufacturing and warehousing industries will be allowed to resume operations. The six counties and one city will also allow the logistical operations in support of retail businesses to resume.

Businesses will still be required to follow local physical distancing and sanitization protocols to maintain worker and customer safety.

"We are counting on these businesses to consistently follow social distancing protocols and public health guidance to protect their employees and customers as these activities resume," the six jurisdictions said in a joint statement. "COVID-19 continues to pose a very significant risk to our communities, and that continued vigilance is necessary to ensure that we do not see an increase in spread as more activities resume."

Bay Area residents will still be required to wear face coverings in public and health officers across the region encourage members of the public to stay home as much as possible.

Retail curbside pickup

Contra Costa County residents will be able to buy retail goods from the curb starting Tuesday morning, county officials said Monday.

The relaxed restrictions take effect at 6 a.m.

Retailers may offer curbside sales and outdoor pickups thanks to progress residents have made in containing the coronavirus.

Certain safety measures must be taken by retailers so people don't get ill.

Retailers may not display goods for sale outside their store and customers may not enter the store or any mall area. Retailers must take reasonable precautions so that customers abide by social distancing requirements. The precautions include such things as marking places so customers stand six feet apart.

"While this is not a return to normal, it is one step in that direction," Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County health officer, said.

Farnitano added that the effects of allowing curbside retailing will be monitored.

County officials are also allowing companies that make retail goods and ones that store and provide logistical support to operate. That's as long as they limit the number of employees in enclosed areas so employees can keep their distance from one another.

County officials said residents still must stay at home as much as they can, cover their mouth and nose when they leave home and maintain their distance from others.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Bob
Walnut Creek
on May 18, 2020 at 10:20 pm
Bob , Walnut Creek
on May 18, 2020 at 10:20 pm
20 people like this

Excess controls is what you get with the democrats running the state. It is interesting that the first three states to relax controls had Republican governors.


Pedro
Walnut Creek
on May 18, 2020 at 11:58 pm
Pedro, Walnut Creek
on May 18, 2020 at 11:58 pm
19 people like this

It's about health...not politics Bob.


Brian RT
Walnut Creek
on May 19, 2020 at 12:03 am
Brian RT, Walnut Creek
on May 19, 2020 at 12:03 am
15 people like this

Hey Bob, those Republican states you speak of are also seeing one of the highest spike in hospitalization and death rates this week. This is where is insert a Pekosi clap gif for you.


What?
San Ramon
on May 19, 2020 at 6:52 am
What?, San Ramon
on May 19, 2020 at 6:52 am
16 people like this

No, Pedro...it's about politics--plain and simple!


Danville
Danville
on May 19, 2020 at 7:26 am
Danville, Danville
on May 19, 2020 at 7:26 am
17 people like this

Pedro, marijuana shops were never shut down as deemed "essential" by Newsom, but churches will be the very last entity allowed to open. Sounds like politics to me.


JB
another community
on May 19, 2020 at 7:46 am
JB, another community
on May 19, 2020 at 7:46 am
6 people like this

All politics no science the so called experts change the narrative monthly and the modelers have never been close to accurate those are the facts.


Agent Orange
Danville
on May 19, 2020 at 8:11 am
Agent Orange, Danville
on May 19, 2020 at 8:11 am
15 people like this

The GOP have proven themselves to not be working on the side of public interest and mainly concerned with their pockets and getting the treasonous, self serving, self dealing, liar re-elected. They fail to understand what a PANDEMIC is and inject political comments to redirect the attention of their audience to ALTERNATIVE FACTS.


Sal
another community
on May 19, 2020 at 8:28 am
Sal, another community
on May 19, 2020 at 8:28 am
11 people like this

It is all politics. Don't really care if you disagree. I will be moving to Arizona soon. You sheeple can have your oppressive socialist state. I'm out of here.


Malcolm Hex
San Ramon
on May 19, 2020 at 10:00 am
Malcolm Hex, San Ramon
on May 19, 2020 at 10:00 am
11 people like this

Have you ever noticed that the left, in this case Agent Orange, spews drivel in so many directions that the point of the conversation gets lost? Least we also not forget the absence of maturity in the thought process.


Danville
Danville
on May 19, 2020 at 11:02 am
Danville, Danville
on May 19, 2020 at 11:02 am
19 people like this

Pedro, starting yesterday Newsom gave illegal aliens $75,000,000 for covid 19 relief, the only state in the union doing this. Instead of giving it to food banks, low income medical clinics, or any other charity, he gives it specifically to those here illegally...Does that sound like politics, Pedro?


ReasonoverFeelings
Walnut Creek
on May 19, 2020 at 5:01 pm
ReasonoverFeelings, Walnut Creek
on May 19, 2020 at 5:01 pm
7 people like this

Spike in cases in states that have been open a week... Except one problem, the virus has a two week incubation period. Stop listening to the media and think for a minute about that. That means those people should have been exposed before the lockdown lifted. Come on people...what happened to critical thinking. Don't just parrot what the media tells you


4 more years
Danville
on May 19, 2020 at 5:06 pm
4 more years, Danville
on May 19, 2020 at 5:06 pm
5 people like this

Dear Agent Orange, apparently you think Obama is still in office by those descriptions you gave. Wake up!!! When all your Democrat rulers get up and say...we're all in this together and we will do what ever it takes to save 1 life???? That's B.S.!!! Remember when Schumer threatened the Supreme Court to not take away abortion rights????? And those clinics never closed because that's considered essential to murder hundreds of babies a day???? But lets close the country, stay under house arrest and wear a mask so we can save 1 life!!!! Wake Up, they're not concerned about you or anyone else but their deep pockets and power to control you. And Pedro it is called politics!


Balanced MD/MBA
Blackhawk
on May 19, 2020 at 6:29 pm
Balanced MD/MBA , Blackhawk
on May 19, 2020 at 6:29 pm
11 people like this

Ah, where to start to debunk the nonsense. For Sal, if you frame all the world around you through the political lens, then for you nothing else exists but politics. So enjoy the 115 degree weather in Arizona.
For ReasonOver... here is the CDC quote from a simple google search if you took the initiative to fact check before you make things up: "The respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear an average of 5-6 days after exposure, but may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."
For Danville- The assistance from Newsom to the undocumented is $125 M not $75M. And if they don't get some help, who is going to harvest the food that you buy at the market? Rather grow your own?
For Bob- So these excess controls have kept us from being another New York. If you look at Germany, they did the same thing even sooner. They are opening up now, and seeing some hotspots erupt as a result and re-closing in some areas to bring it back under control. Re opening is required for sure here. But it has to be accompanied by more testing, tracing and continued distancing to keep things at a manageable status. There will need to be more tolerance for people who are not the most vulnerable catching this to allow the economy to ramp back up. Until there is a vaccine there isn't another option.


KellyGamble
San Ramon
on May 21, 2020 at 8:29 am
KellyGamble, San Ramon
on May 21, 2020 at 8:29 am
10 people like this

Ridiculous. Here’s the thing...we get it now!! We will be diligent and vigilant, and those who won’t be, were never going to be. We can’t go around living in fear, wearing masks all the time, as to which effectiveness is questionable especially given the flimsy things people seem to be wearing, with their hands all over their faces adjusting the things. The media has ignited immense fear even though the statistics of those who survive this illness are 98% or thereabouts, given no preexisting conditions, and most often those hot spots inflicted are confined to convalescent homes. Despite well publicized and available facts, people love drama. You see that with people driving alone in their cars wearing a mask, or walking alone, wearing a mask. What is the point of that? Proving your wokeness?? My position is this...if you are sick, stay home. If you are worried about getting sick, stay home. Everyone else go about your business as usual although with a heightened sense of appropriate hygiene and social distancing. Have a good day.


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