Outdoor Dining, Religious Services, Open Back Up in Oakland

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

As coronavirus hit an all-time high in California in the last week with more than 6,000 positive cases per day on some days, Oakland and Alameda County are starting to re-open some businesses and places of worship. Oakland currently has 2,109 cases, up from 1,698 10 days ago.

Updated Orders Include Outdoor Dining, Libraries, Museums, Places of Worship

Under the county’s updated orders, “outdoor museums, outdoor dining, limited religious and cultural services, indoor and outdoor retail (including malls), and outdoor fitness classes” have been allowed since last Friday, June 19.

Oakland Library Opens Sidewalk Pickup

Oakland Public Libraries, after being closed since March, started offering sidewalk pickup recently. The pickup locations are in five locations: Main Library, 81st Ave, Rockridge, West Oakland, and Cesar E. Chavez branch. If you have a library card (which you can still sign up for if you don’t), reserve your books and pick up at these locations. (Read Oakland Voices Correspondent Katharine Davies Samway’s story about what the libraries and staff have been up to since shelter-in-place).

Oakland Streamlining Process for “Flex Street” Permits

According to KPIX5, the City of Oakland is streamlining the process for businesses to apply for permits. The permits will allow use of sidewalk and parking spots for outdoor retail and dining, for example, since many businesses will need to adapt if they don’t already have outdoor dining/retail space.

McDonald’s in North Oakland to Remain Closed for Now

A judge is ordering the continued closure of the McDonald’s on 4514 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland after employees got sick and later sued the owner, according to the East Bay Times.

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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