Dear Emeryville Community Members,
Alameda County issued a new Health Officer Order which is effective today, January 26th. Due to decreasing COVID-19 case rates compared to several weeks ago, Alameda County is now in the state of California’s “Purple Tier.” Emeryville residents and businesses may resume personal and business activities allowed in the Purple Tier. Activities that are allowed outdoors include restaurants, gyms, places of worship and zoos. Hair salons, barbershops and other personal care services are allowed indoors with modifications. Grocery stores are allowed to increase their capacity to 50%. Please check the County’s website for the specific details about these and other newly allowed activities.
Please remember however, that the County’s case rate remains very high, at 37.7 new cases per 100,000 residents per day, and a test positivity rate of more than 8%. In order to move into the state’s “Red Tier”, where more activities will be allowed, case rates must fall below 7 new cases per 100,000 residents per day with a test positivity between 5% and 8%.
Even with the start of vaccines being distributed, we need to keep wearing our face coverings, keep avoiding large groups, keep washing our hands at frequent intervals, and keep staying home when sick so that we can make enough progress for our community to move into the less restrictive tiers. Together we will move through this, and together we will recover as a community. Thank you for everything you and your family are doing to keep our community safe and healthy.
Dianne Martinez, Mayor