Contra Costa Health Services, along with other Bay Area health departments, issued a modification to its social distancing order on June 16, 2020 .
This Order continues to restrict most activity, travel, and governmental and business functions to essential needs and to the Outdoor Activities and Outdoor Businesses that the prior Order allowed to resume. But in light of progress achieved in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the County of Contra Costa (the “County”), and in accordance with a variance obtained by the County from the State of California on June 9, 2020, which allows the County to move more quickly, or in a different order, through Stage 2 of the State of California’s COVID-19 roadmap to recovery, this Order eases restrictions to allow additional businesses to resume or begin operating, subject to conditions set forth in applicable industry guidelines issued by the State. This Order also modifies restrictions that applied to outdoor recreation activities, childcare facilities, outdoor dining, campgrounds and outdoor pools.
When Does this Order Take Effect? When Does it End? This new Order will go into effect on 6:00 am on June 17, 2020, and will remain in effect until the Health Officer amends, rescinds, or extends it.
Everyone should stay home except for identified needs and activities that are in compliance with certain restrictions, such as getting food, caring for a relative or friend, getting necessary health care, or going to an essential job. Vulnerable populations should stay home. It is okay to go outside for walks if you are not in a group.
If you have questions about the Health Order, you can reach the Contra Costa County Call Center in English or Spanish at 1-844-729-8410, 8 AM - 5 PM. After hours, call 211 if you need assistance.
You can view answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the Contra Costa Health Services’ website.
The State of California has also issued an executive order directing residents to stay home except for essential needs. Read more about that order here.
These essential services are open*:
The County has issued a shelter in place order mandating that people stay home, except to participate in essential activities, essential governmental functions, essential travel, or to work for businesses allowed to operate under the order. The County continues to expand the allowable activities, so for the most up to date information, review the complete order under the Health Order tab.
Contra Costa Health Services has issued an order requiring members of the public and workers to wear face coverings. View the order.
You can leave your home to go to work for businesses allowed to operate under the Order.
The Order specifically allows people to leave their home to buy food, purchase medicine, and purchase other necessary items. It also directs businesses selling those items to remain open, and allows employees of those businesses to keep working and to ensure those businesses are operating. You can also have food and other goods delivered to your home.
You are allowed to leave your residence to access any healthcare services, including elective and preventative care services. However, you should contact your health care provider to see if they are providing regular services. Some services, especially elective procedures, may be postponed or canceled.
You can leave your home to care for elderly parents, relatives or friends who require assistance to care for themselves. Be sure that you protect them and you by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue.
Childcare establishments (as well as summer camps and other educational or recreational institutions) may open to provide care or supervision to all children. Click to view the Guidance for Modified Childcare During COVID-19 Pandemic. Childcare facilities must comply with the following mandatory conditions in the Order to the extent possible:
You are allowed to leave your residence to work or volunteer at healthcare operations, as well as to provide or access health care services.
You are allowed to work or volunteer for blood banks or blood drives, and you can donate blood.
The City of Richmond has launched a Virtual Recreation Center with lots of ideas for indoor and outdoor activities for you and your family, such as:
The Richmond Public Library offers numerous links to activities and resources, as well as an ever-expanding collection of ebooks. Residents can get an instant digital Richmond Library card to use with OverDrive with their cell phone - details at https://richmondlibrary.overdrive.com/
The Richmond Virtual Recreation Center has great resources available for indoor exercise, including:
You are allowed to engage in some outdoor activities under the current shelter-in-place health order, as long as you follow the mandatory social distancing requirement (maintaining at least six feet between individuals).
Check out the infographic below about social distancing in public parks and trails, and make sure to follow these guidelines while engaging in any of our suggested outdoor activities.
Please be aware of the following prohibited activities under the Contra Costa Health Order that impact your outdoor activities in public spaces: