Contra Costa County allowing indoor retail, business offices to resume

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Starting tomorrow, Contra Costa County is set to allow indoor retail shopping to resume and business offices to reopen with social-distancing restrictions.

Office workplaces may open for business only if workers cannot perform their job duties from home.

Also allowed to operate are businesses that do not require close customer contact, including “car washes, pet groomers and dog walkers, and businesses that provide services inside residences and community facilities where social distancing can be maintained, such as residential and janitorial cleaning services, heating, ventilation and air conditioning services, appliance repair persons, electricians, plumbers, other mechanical tradespersons, and general contractors,” the health order states.

The new health order also allows small outdoor social gatherings, and childcare services and camps of up to 12 children, and not just those of essential and allowed workers.  Libraries can also reopen for curbside pickup service.

Effective June 15, places of worship may begin holding in-person religious services and cultural ceremonies with some limitations.

The new order also permits protests of up to 100 people.

“In the coming days, the County will be consulting with the state about reopening swimming pools and outdoor dining,” a statement read.

The easing of restrictions come after “our successful collective effort as a community to limit the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, the county’s health officer.

To date, 37 people have died from COVID-19 in Contra Costa, which has 1.15 million people. Had the county had not acted early and aggressively, 10 times as many people would have died from the virus, according to Dr. Farnitano.

For more details on the new health order, visit cchealth.org/coronavirus.