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Updated Social Distancing Order - 11/13/20


In response to evidence that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Contra Costa County, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) moved the county into the “widespread” (purple) tier of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, restoring more safety requirements to slow the virus and save lives.

The following modifications take effect Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020:

  • Social gatherings involving people from different households are permitted outdoors only, with a maximum of three households and 25 people, preferably for less than two hours.
  • Dine-in restaurants may operate outdoors only or for take-out, curbside pickup or delivery
  • Indoor retail may operate at 25% capacity
  • Indoor grocery stores can operate at 50% capacity
  • Indoor shopping malls may operate at 25% capacity, but close food courts and common areas
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies may operate outdoors only
  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate outdoors only. One-to-one personal training is allowed following the limited services guidance only when no other individuals are on the business premises.
  • Indoor movie theaters must close. Drive-in theaters may continue to operate.
  • Museums and exhibit spaces may operate outdoors only.
  • Schools that were not already open for in-person instruction may open for distance learning only, except for elementary schools that have received a waiver for in-person learning. Schools that opened for in-person learning when the state was in the orange or red tiers can remain open while in the purple tier. Schools can reopen for in-person instruction once their county has been in the substantial (red) tier for at least two weeks. Schools must follow these guidelines when they reopen or if they have to close again.
  • Higher education must close for indoor lectures and student gatherings, but some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may open

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Where can I learn more?

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.

Previous Health Orders