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Alameda County Public Health

On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Alameda County Health Officer issued an order directing all individuals to shelter at home through April 7, 2020.  A copy of the order is posted on the Alameda County Health Department's website which can be accessed through the City's Website.

There are many questions related to the health order, including what essential businesses and needs are covered by the order and those that are not.  Please see the FAQ’s posted on the website which may be able to answer your question.  It can be found here.  

The order allows for essential businesses to continue to operate, provided they comply with certain practices including social distancing of at least 6 feet.  Essential businesses include, but are not limited to, those that are necessary for the health and safety for individuals and their families.  This includes health care operations; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non-perishable food retailers (including convenience stores); pharmacies; child care facilities; gas stations; banks; laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of a residence. 

If you believe a business is operating that is non-essential and is in violation of the order, please submit an e-mail to and our Code Enforcement Division will investigate.