Under A New Order, These Businesses Are Reopening In 6 Bay Area Counties Today

By kmvqon May 4, 2020
WHEATON, ILLINOIS – MAY 01: A sign welcomes golfers at the entrance to the reopened Cantigny Golf Club on May 01, 2020 in Wheaton, Illinois. Golf courses in Illinois were allowed to re-open today under strict guidelines after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A new shelter-in-place order went into effect Monday morning in six Bay Area counties, allowing a handful of specific types of businesses to reopen under social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This new order will go in effect through May 31st and will impacts everyone who lives or works in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara as well as the city of Berkeley. See the list (courtesy of SFGate) below:

  • Childcare Programs – Are allowed to open their doors with a max of 12 children for essential workers such as health care workers and first responders. There will be a certain guideline each facilities must follow.
  • Construction – Will return to business but with specific strict guidelines.
  • Golf Courses – With physical distancing restrictions in place (ex. golfers must bring their own equipment), many courses around the Bay Area are reopening Monday.
  • Landscaping – Gardeners and landscapers are allowed to return to work. Also, outdoor landscaping retailers can reopen.
  • Outdoor businesses – Businesses that operate mainly outdoors been given the thumbs to reopen with social distancing measures in effect. Those include artists booths, car washes and plant nurseries. (Outdoor businesses do not include outdoor restaurants, cafes, or bars.)
  • Real estate – Commercial and residential real estate transactions are allowed to fully resume, but with continued restrictions on in-person viewings and appointments.
  • Certain recreational facilities – Outdoor recreational facilities that don’t contain high-touch equipment or encourage large gatherings can reopen (Example: Skate parks are opening in many counties but playgrounds and dog parks remain closed.)