The County Health Officer issued an updated Health Order on June 5, 2020. Pursuant to the new health order, Contra Costa County residents may again enjoy outdoor swimming pools, outdoor seating at restaurants and dog parks. The order also allows for outdoor religious services of up to 100 people, indoor religious services of up to 12 people, use of outdoor picnic and barbecue spaces, and overnight camping for people belonging to the same household.
Because of the progress made in the fight against COVID-19, Contra Costa health officers feel confident opening additional businesses and activities. The State of California has determined that while counties can move slower than state in reopening, they cannot move more quickly. The openings announced today bring Contra Costa County in closer alignment to state guidelines. It also aligns with other Bay Area counties taking similar steps.
This order follows a modification earlier this week that allowed offices and many retail businesses to reopen and created guidance for small gatherings including people from different households.
Previous health orders requiring physical distancing and face coverings in public spaces remain in effect. Contra Costa residents should also continue to emphasize handwashing and other hygiene measures in their daily lives to reduce their risk of becoming infected. The County Health Officer encourages all residents to get tested, even if they feel well, since people can carry and transmit the virus long before having symptoms and sometimes may have no symptoms.
The new order includes guidance for safely conducting the newly permitted activities, including requirements for businesses. The full text of the order is attached. Additional details are available at cchealth.org/coronavirus.
Here is a link to the updated FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions): FAQs