The gradual reopening of the Bay Space financial system will proceed subsequent week with new well being orders allowing curbside pickup retail buying in Alameda and Contra Costa counties as quickly as Tuesday — so long as COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations don’t spike over the weekend.
Erica Pan and Chris Farnitano, Alameda County and Contra Costa County’s respective well being officers, instructed The Chronicle on Friday that they anticipate to problem orders Monday permitting for curbside pickup in any respect retail companies starting Tuesday. That would go away Santa Clara County as the one one of many Bay Space’s 9 counties nonetheless banning curbside retail enterprise.
The well being officers mentioned they waited two weeks for the reason that final easing of restrictions, which allowed building and different outside actions to renew Could 4, earlier than issuing new orders. They wished to guarantee that case counts remained steady over that point, and so they have to this point.
Figures collected by The Chronicle present that the variety of instances in Alameda and Contra Costa counties stay comparatively flat or are reducing. Alameda had 331 instances over the previous week in contrast with 317 the earlier seven days, a rise of 4.4%. Contra Costa had 86 instances over the previous week in contrast with 108 the earlier seven days, a lower of 20.4%.
“We’re persevering with to have a look at our indicators day by day,” Farnitano mentioned. “And proper now, our instances and hospitalizations are trending in the suitable path. We’ll relook at issues on Monday and if we’re persevering with to make progress and we’re not seeing indicators of a brand new surge, then we’re getting ready to open up the curbside retail inside a day. We’re almost definitely ready to place out an order on Monday that might go into impact Tuesday.”
Pan mentioned well being officers are “feeling fairly comfy” that it’s protected to develop the variety of companies which can be allowed to open.
“General, I really feel like issues are comparatively steady,” she mentioned. “We acknowledge that we have to slowly and thoroughly permit for issues to renew.”
Santa Clara County officers confirmed Friday that they don’t have any speedy plans to permit curbside retail companies to reopen.
Regardless of the easing of restrictions on retail enterprise, no Bay Space counties have met Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pointers for the section 2 reopening, which might permit a faster resumption of enterprise for dine-in eating places, shops, buying malls and different companies, whereas advising individuals to heed shelter-in-place mandates and social-distancing pointers.
Buyers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties nonetheless received’t be allowed inside shops to browse or purchase, and all transactions, together with funds, must be carried out on-line or outdoors. Normally, prospects must place orders on the web or over the telephone earlier than choosing up merchandise in particular person.
In different California counties which have permitted retail pickups, staff and buyers should put on face coverings. The variety of staff contained in the shops can be restricted based mostly on the dimensions of the enterprise.
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