Recover Livermore #recoverlivermore

The Recover Livermore page has been developed to aid businesses create and sustain safe practices for modified working environments as businesses re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) is the primary authority for guidance and permission for businesses located in Alameda County that include Livermore, operate under modified guidelines and standards. Guidelines for businesses and workplaces are sourced from the ACPHD, California Department of Public Health, (U.S) Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.  Note: this page will be updated as announcements are released by the ACPHD and California Department of Public Health.

Background: Lead by the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, Recover Livermore, is an effort undertaken with the partnership of the City of Livermore and business organizations representing multiple industries in the Livermore Valley. Most importantly, local businesses advise the Recover Livermore partnership. If you would like to participate in an advisory group for your industry, contact Dawn Argula at the Chamber.

Responsible Reopening Guidelines for Businesses

To stay informed on all COVID-19 related news and Alameda County Public Health Department’s weekly updates, click here.

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Not allowed to re-open

Re-open with restrictions

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County Public Health Department Guidelines

Alameda County is fully aligned with the State of California Reopening Plan, which includes California State Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

California updated its face mask requirements. Per the State’s Face Covering Q & A, Alameda County’s local face covering order and amendment will remain in effect. Residents will not experience any differences in policy. Alameda County requires everyone, including fully vaccinated people, to wear a mask in indoor public settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On November 1, indoor masking requirements were eased for fully vaccinated people in some limited indoor settings. Face Mask webpage

Public Health Orders

Effective December 30, 2021, Alameda County has released an order rescinded a previous order allowing groups of vaccinated people to remove their masks under specific circumstances. All individuals must wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Alameda County released an order on December 15, 2021 with an update about masking in accordance with the states mask updates. Everyone two years and older is required to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Guidelines and Resources

Whether it be COVID-19 testing, reporting a confirmed case, returning to work after an employee has COVID follow these workplace guidance’s to create and sustain safe operations. Additionally, utilize the COVID-19 Workplace Training to prevent infections and outbreaks.

California Department of Public Health Guidelines

California began following the Beyond the Blueprint plan for a safer economy as the economy re-opened on June 15. The state fully reopened the economy as it met requirements of equitable vaccine availability and stable, low hospitalization. This means no more physical distancing, no more capacity limits on businesses, no more county tiers, and reduced masks guidance’s. All Industry and Business sectors listed in the Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart returned to usual operations (with the limited exceptions noted below for Mega Events).

Currently, guidance’s for safe operations can be found within the State of California Reopening Plan, which includes California State Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

Public Health Orders

The state released an updated guidance on December 13, 2021 pertaining to the use of face coverings, requiring universal masking indoors from December 15, 2022 to January 15, 2021. For more information on this order, consult the Face Covering Question and Answer page.

The state updated the Beyond the Blueprint plan for Industry and Business sectors specifically for Mega Events. Effective December 15th, for those who cannot provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status, testing for Mega Events is required to be conducted within one day for antigen tests, and within two days for PCR tests prior to entry into the facility or venue.

Guidelines and Resources

The current COVID safety measures for the state can be found here. To protect employees in the workplace, employers should consult COVID-19 Workplace Requirements to learn about vaccines in the workplace, temporary standards, and ways to create a safe and healthy working environment.

Additionally, Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance and Resources outlines workplace standards, specifically COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, and resources for employers to utilize during this new normal. They have provided COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Frequently Asked Questions for any further questions about standards.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines

Throughout the pandemic, the CDC has provided the most up-to-date and current information about COVID-19 and the appropriate safety measures for individuals and businesses alike. For an overview of recommended COVID-19 guidance’s, click here.

Variants of the virus are circulating, and it’s important to know how to prevent the spread of these in the workplace. Learn about these variants, including the new Omicron variant, symptoms, transmissibility and testing here.

Guidelines and Resources

For workplaces and businesses, the CDC has created a page outlining workplace prevention strategies to incorporate along with Alameda County and the State of California guidance’s for a healthy and safe work environment.

Vaccines are available and highly encouraged as a primary way to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep the workplace a safe place. The CDC has provided information about the three types of vaccines. COVID-19 booster shots are now available and highly encouraged after individuals have received their necessary vaccine doses. To learn more about the booster shots, click here.

All Businesses and Workplaces Guidelines

Alameda County Public Health Department

For authorized businesses, Alameda County will align with the State’s Guidance for Industries where possible, and will provide technical assistance and additional guidance as needed.

These businesses must implement Site Specific Protection Plans, as required by California’s Resilience Roadmap, as well as any local guidance issued by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, to include the following elements:

  • Physical distancing plans for employees and customers
  • Administrative controls to stagger employees, breaks, and teleworking for those that can work remotely
  • Training for employees on limiting spread of COVID-19 (temperature and/or symptoms screening, hand washing technique, and face covering requirements)
  • Disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning
  • Industry-specific best practices
  • Notification of COVID-19 positive cases
  • Compliance and documentation

Essential, Outdoor, & Additional Businesses in Alameda County

http://www.acphd.org/media/577606/alameda-county-health-officer-shelter-in-place-order-businesses-english.pdf

State of California

Before reopening, all facilities must:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols
  5. Implement physical distancing guidelines

Agriculture and Livestock Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County

Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting before Reopening (not industry specific).

California

The guidance for the agriculture and livestock industry provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for the agriculture and livestock industry in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

CDC

The CDC has some interim guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers, and the CDC’s Resuming Business Toolkit (not industry specific) may be helpful.

Best Practices

The American Farm Bureau Federation has a resource page for to help farmers and their employees continue to work safely and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in rural communities, which includes an Ag Worksite Checklist developed by UC Davis, Coronavirus Prevention and Control for Farms developed by Cornell University, and more.

Automobile Dealership Information

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County

Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting before Reopening (not industry specific)

California

California has issued some Industry Specific Guidance for Auto Dealerships as well as a General Checklist for Auto Dealerships and Rental Employers

CDC

The CDC does not have any industry specific information for auto dealerships, but the CDC’s Resuming Business Toolkit may be helpful.

Best Practices

The National Automobile Dealership Association has a resource page for auto dealers specific to the COVID-19 Pandemic. NADA has also developed a PDF on how to safely operate your dealership during a pandemic.

Construction Industry Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

State of California

This Guidance for the construction workplace and Industry Guidance-Construction provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, make a plan, and post Checklist for Construction in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced risk and are open for business.

CDC

What Construction Workers Need to Know about COVID-19

Energy and Utilities Sector Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County

The County refers to California’s guidelines on Energy and Utilities, see below.

California

The Industry Guidance – Energy and Utilities provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Utilities in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

CDC

The CDC does not have any industry specific information for auto dealerships, but the CDC’s Resuming Business Toolkit may be helpful.

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County Guidelines

Alameda county has released new guidelines on march 30, 2021 for movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other family entertainment centers.

California

Follow this guidance for movie theaters to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. This guidance includes additional considerations for indoor movie theaters and drive-in movie theaters. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for movie theaters in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

Follow this guidance for family entertainment centers, like bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, and arcades, to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for family entertainment centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

CDC

There are no specific guidelines for Family entertainment centers.

Fitness Industry Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County PHD

Alameda County Public Health Department released an order on March 30, 2021 containing new information for indoor fitness facilities.

This Guidance for Fitness Facilities provides guidelines to create safer environments for workers and participants. This should only be implemented with county health officer approval.

Review the guidance, make a plan, and post the General Checklist for Fitness Facilities in your workplace to show employees and participants you have reduced risk and are open for business.

CDC

The CDC does not have any industry specific guidance for fitness, but their guide for Cleaning & Disinfecting and Resuming Business Toolkit may be helpful.

Food Banks Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Best Practices

https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Food-Bank-Best-Practices_COVID-19_031620.pdf?fwd=no

Receiving Food and Cleaning

https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Food-Banks-Receiving-and-Cleaning_COVID-19_031620.pdf?fwd=no

Hair  Salons and Barbers Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County Public Health Department

For authorized businesses, Alameda County will align with the State’s Guidance for Industries where possible and will provide technical assistance and additional guidance as needed.

These businesses must implement Site-Specific Protection Plans, as required by California’s Resilience Roadmap, as well as any local guidance issued by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, to include the following elements:

  • Physical distancing plans for employees and customers
  • Administrative controls to stagger employees, breaks, and teleworking for those that can work remotely
  • Training for employees on limiting spread of COVID-19 (temperature and/or symptoms screening, hand washing technique, and face-covering requirements)
  • Disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning
  • Industry-specific best practices
  • Notification of COVID-19 positive cases
  • Compliance and documentation

Essential, Outdoor, and Additional Businesses in Alameda County

https://covid-19.acgov.org/covid19-assets/docs/press/press-release-2020.09.02.pdf

State of California

The Guidance for Hair Salon and Barbershops provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. This should only be implemented with county health officer approval.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Hair Salons and Barbershops in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are preparing to open for business.

CDC

The CDC does not have any industry-specific guidelines for hair salons and barbershops, but their guide for Cleaning & Disinfecting and Resuming Business Toolkit may be helpful.

Best Practices

Associated Hair Professionals provides resources for best practices moving forward that may be helpful.

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County

Alameda County Public Health Department released an order on March 30, 2021 containing new information for hotels and lodging.

California

This Guidance for Hotels and Lodging provides guidelines to create safer environments for workers and patrons. This guidance is applicable only within counties with variance attestation. Hotel and lodging services in all other counties should adhere to the guidance limitations provided by statewide guidance.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Hotel and Lodging in your workplace to show employees you’ve reduced the risk and are preparing to open for business.

CDC

The CDC does not have any industry specific guidance for hotels and lodging, but their guide for Cleaning and Disinfecting and Resuming Business Toolkit may be helpful.

Best Practices

The U.S. Travel Association has developed a pdf with best practices for traveling in this new normal. View their best practices webpage or click for the pdf. The American Hotels and Lodging Association has created an Enhanced Industry- Wide Hotel Cleaning Guidelines pdf.

Logistics and Warehousing Facilities Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County PHD

Alameda County Public Health Department released updated information on July 19, 2020 containing new information additional businesses permitted to operate including logistics and warehousing. It should be noted logistics and warehousing businesses are allowed to operate in accordance to the state industry guidance.

California

This Guidance for Logistics and Warehousing Facilities provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Logistics and Warehousing Facilities in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced risk and are open for business.

CDC

The CDC does not have any specific industry guidelines for logistics and warehousing facilities, but their guide for Cleaning & Disinfecting and Resuming Business Toolkit may be helpful.

Manufacturing Industry Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County

Alameda County Public Health Department released updated information here on July 19, 2020 containing new information additional businesses permitted to operate including manufacturing. It should be noted manufacturing  businesses are allowed to operate in accordance to the state industry guidance.

State of California

This Guidance for Manufacturing provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Manufacturing in your workplace to show employees that you’ve reduced risk and are open for business.

CDC

CDC has an industry specific page with Guidelines for Manufacturing Facilities.

Mining and Logging Industry Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County

For authorized businesses, Alameda County will align with the State’s Guidance for Industries where possible, and will provide technical assistance and additional guidance as needed.

These businesses must implement Site Specific Protection Plans, as required by California’s Resilience Roadmap, as well as any local guidance issued by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, to include the following elements:

  • Physical distancing plans for employees and customers
  • Administrative controls to stagger employees, breaks, and teleworking for those that can work remotely
  • Training for employees on limiting spread of COVID-19 (temperature and/or symptoms screening, hand washing technique, and face covering requirements)
  • Disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning
  • Industry-specific best practices
  • Notification of COVID-19 positive cases
  • Compliance and documentation

Essential, Outdoor, and Additional Businesses in Alameda County

http://www.acphd.org/media/577606/alameda-county-health-officer-shelter-in-place-order-businesses-english.pdf

California

This Guidance for Mining and Logging provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Mining and Logging in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

CDC

The CDC does not have any industry specific information for mining and logging, but the CDC’s guide for Cleaning Disinfecting and  Resuming Business Toolkit may be helpful.

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County Public Health Department

Alameda County Public Health Department released an order on March 30, 2021 containing new information for offices.

These businesses must implement Site Specific Protection Plans, as required by California’s Resilience Roadmap, as well as any local guidance issued by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, to include the following elements:

  • Physical distancing plans for employees and customers
  • Administrative controls to stagger employees, breaks, and teleworking for those that can work remotely
  • Training for employees on limiting spread of COVID-19 (temperature and/or symptoms screening, hand washing technique, and face covering requirements)
  • Disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning
  • Industry-specific best practices
  • Notification of COVID-19 positive cases
  • Compliance and documentation

Essential, Outdoor, & Additional Businesses in Alameda County

http://www.acphd.org/media/577606/alameda-county-health-officer-shelter-in-place-order-businesses-english.pdf

State of California

This Guidance for Office Workspaces and Guidance for Limited Services provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidances, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Office Workspaces in your workplace to show customers that you’ve reduced risk and are preparing to open for business.

Cal/OHSA

Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/General-Industry.html

Centers for Disease Control

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – Should you Reopen? Workplace decision tool

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/workplace-decision-tool.html

COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/office-buildings.html

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), May 2020

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Workplaces and Businesses

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html

Businesses and Workplaces- Plan, Prepare, Respond

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

Public Transit Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County PHD

For authorized businesses, Alameda County will align with the State’s Guidance for Industries where possible, and will provide technical assistance and additional guidance as needed.

These businesses must implement Site Specific Protection Plans, as required by California’s Resilience Roadmap, as well as any local guidance issued by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, to include the following elements:

  • Physical distancing plans for employees and customers
  • Administrative controls to stagger employees, breaks, and teleworking for those that can work remotely
  • Training for employees on limiting spread of COVID-19 (temperature and/or symptoms screening, hand washing technique, and face covering requirements)
  • Disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning
  • Industry-specific best practices
  • Notification of COVID-19 positive cases
  • Compliance and documentation

Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting before Reopening are also applicable.

California

This Guidance for Public Transit Agencies provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the Checklist for Public Transit Agencies in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

CDC

The CDC has put out Interim Guidance for Mass Transit Administrators

The CDC has put out guidelines for transit maintenance workers, bus transit operators, rail transit operators, and transit station workers

Real Estate Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County Public Health Department

For authorized businesses, Alameda County will align with the State’s Guidance for Industries where possible, and will provide technical assistance and additional guidance as needed.

These businesses must implement Site Specific Protection Plans, as required by California’s Resilience Roadmap, as well as any local guidance issued by the Alameda County Department of Public Health, to include the following elements:

  • Physical distancing plans for employees and customers
  • Administrative controls to stagger employees, breaks, and teleworking for those that can work remotely
  • Training for employees on limiting spread of COVID-19 (temperature and/or symptoms screening, hand washing technique, and face covering requirements)
  • Disinfection protocols for routine and deep cleaning
  • Industry-specific best practices
  • Notification of COVID-19 positive cases
  • Compliance and documentation

Essential, Outdoor, & Additional Businesses in Alameda County

http://www.acphd.org/media/577606/alameda-county-health-officer-shelter-in-place-order-businesses-english.pdf

State of California

This Guidance for Real Estate Transactions provides guidelines to create a safer environment for employees.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Real Estate Transactions in your workplace

CDC

The CDC does not have any industry specific guidance for real estate transactions, but their Plan, Prepare, Respond guide may be helpful.

Trade Associations

California Association of Realtors

https://www.car.org/aboutus/mediacenter/news/covidbestpractices

National Association of Realtors

https://www.nar.realtor/coronavirus

National Association of Real Estate Brokers

http://www.nareb.com/

Religious and Cultural Ceremony Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County PHD

Alameda County Public Health Department released an order on march 30, 2021 containing new information for religious and cultural ceremony operations.

California

This Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies provides guidelines to create safer environments for employees and participating community members.

Review the guidance, make a plan, and post the General Checklist for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies in your workplace to show employees and participating community members that you’ve reduced risk.

CDC

The CDC does not have any specific information regarding religious and cultural ceremonies like weddings, but the CDC’s Considerations for Events and Gatherings could be helpful when determining the next steps for weddings, receptions, and other ceremonies and services.

Restaurants and Bars Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County Guidelines

Alameda County Public Health Department released an order on March 30, 2021 containing new information for indoor dining.

Additionally, the Alameda County Public Health Department has provided Guidance for Food Facilities and Food Safety for Food Delivery and Pick-up.

California Guidelines

The Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries and  Guidance for Restaurants providing Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Drive-through, and Delivery provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. When dine-in is permitted, this Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants can be used.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries and General Checklist for Dine-in Restaurants in your workplace to show employees that you’ve reduced risk and are preparing to open for business.

CDC Guidelines

The CDC has provided Guidance for Restaurants and Bars, Restaurants and Bar Decision Tool, and Considerations for Restaurants and Bars for resources.

Best Practices

The National Restaurant Association has released a Reopening Guidance Handbook to use as a tool for reopening.

You can view the National Restaurant Association’s resource page for restaurants in regards to reopening.

Retail Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County PHD

Alameda County Public Health Department released new guidelines for shopping and retail operations on March 30, 2021.

California

This Guidance for Retail provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, make a plan, and post the General Checklist for Retail Employers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced risk and are open for business.

CDC

The CDC does not have any industry specific information for retail, but the CDC’s guide to Cleaning & Disinfecting and Resuming Business Toolkit may be helpful.

Shopping Center Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County PHD

Alameda County Public Health Department released new guidelines for shopping and retail operations on March 30, 2021.

California

The Guidance for Shopping Malls provides guidelines to create safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, make a plan, and post the General Checklist for Shopping Centers in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced risk and are open for business.

CDC

The CDC does not have any industry specific information for shopping centers, but the CDC’s guide to Cleaning & Disinfecting and Resuming Business Toolkit may be helpful.

Winery Guidelines

Restrictions lifted

Alameda County PHD

Alameda County Public Health Department released an order on March 30, 2021, containing new information for indoor/outdoor dining and winery operations.

California

This Guidance for Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries provides guidance to create a safer environment for workers.

Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the General Checklist for Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries in your workplace to show customers and employees you’ve reduced risk and are open for business.

CDC

The CDC does not have any winery specific information, but the CDC’s guidelines for Restaurants & Bars and Resuming Business Toolkit  may be helpful.

Best Practices

The Wine Institute has put out Tasting Room Reopening Protocols (click on the link for directions to download the PDF)