New Opportunity for Livermore Merchants — City Council directed staff to work with Livermore merchants on ways to safely expand their operations into adjacent outdoor areas, in anticipation that Alameda County will be loosening restrictions in the coming weeks. Merchants will be able to apply for temporary use of outdoor areas to provide additional seating, retail space, or dedicated curbside pick-up.
The goal is to implement a plan that is:
- Flexible, to meet the varying needs of our merchants in the Downtown Core and throughout the City;
- Safe, such that it complies with State and County Orders, accessibility and traffic safety requirements;
- Adjustable, to adapt to changing circumstances; and,
- Quick to implement, as we recognize our merchants are eager to get back to offering their goods and services to our community.
Livermore merchants can fill out an Outdoor Dining/Display application now.
Questions? Contact the Planning Department: (925) 960-4450 / [email protected].
In addition to individual applications, we encourage merchants to work together with their neighbors to propose unique solutions that take advantage of their particular locations. This could include combined seating areas, street closures, dedicated delivery areas, and/or grouped drop-off and pick-up zones, to further enhance shopping and dining experiences.
Alameda County Health Order Remains in Effect (May 7, 2020) — The Alameda County Public Health Department announced that the County’s Health Order that took effect on May 4 is still in effect. Today, Governor Newsom issued guidance for non-essential businesses to begin to reopen in a limited capacity. The County has indicated that they will study his guidance carefully. According to the County, “if a county order differs from a state order, the more restrictive order takes precedence.” Further, “the Bay Area orders do not currently permit curbside pickup from non-essential, non-outdoor businesses, and that is not allowed to begin on Friday, May 8.” The Bay Area Health Officers will continue tracking progress on the key indicators (sufficient testing, contact tracing, personal protective equipment, new cases, hospitalizations, and health care system capacity), and will continue working with cities and business leaders to make progress on safely reopening more businesses and activities. Read the fullAlameda County press release.