New Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Order

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Oakland currently has 453 cases of COVID-19. As Oakland Voices Coordinator Rasheed Shabazz reported last week, East Oakland has two-thirds of the cases in Oakland. Alameda County has a total of 1,517 cases.

New Bay Area Shelter-in-Place Rules, and Extension through End of May

The original shelter-in-place order for Bay Area counties was set to end on May 3, but was recently extended. On April 29, 2020, Alameda County, as well as other Bay Area counties, announced some amendments to shelter-in-place orders. One of the major changes is expanding essential businesses to include more types of businesses, as well as opening of some outdoor businesses:

  • All construction projects that follow the Construction Project Safety Protocols included with the order in Appendix B;
  • Childcare, camps and educational/ rec programs that provide care for children of people who are allowed to work outside of their homes;
  • Outdoor businesses such as nurseries, landscaping, and agriculture that normally operated outdoors prior to the shelter in place orders; and
  • Use of certain outdoor recreational facilities, such as skate parks and athletic fields. Golf courses are permitted under local orders, but prohibited under state orders.
  • As a condition of operating under this Order, the operators of all businesses must prepare or update, post, implement, and distribute to their personnel a Social Distancing Protocol for each of their facilities in the County frequented by personnel or members of the public, as specified in Section 16.h. (via Alameda County Public Health Department)

Read the full health order here, as well as the summary on the Alameda County Public Health Dept website.

Mayor Libby Schaaf to Hold Town Hall Today With Dr. Erica Pan, Alameda County Public Health Officer and Others

The Mayor of Oakland has been holding weekly town hall meetings at 6pm via FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube (with closed captioning). 
To dial in by phone: (669) 900-6833, PIN 413825986# Questions can be submitted in advance here. This week’s town hall features: Dr. Erica Pan, Alameda County Public Health Officer; Equity advocate and Oaklander Angela Glover Blackwell; and Michael McAfee, President and CEO of PolicyLink.

California’s Unemployment Development Department Opened Up Claims for Independent Contractors

As of April 28, the state’s website has opened up claims for independent contractors. Find out more about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance here.

Author Profile

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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