Outdoor pools, nail salons, barbershops can open Friday

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Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Did you miss swimming this summer? Have you wanted to get your hair and nails did done or get a fresh haircut? How about a massage?

This Friday, limited outdoor activities and services can resume in Alameda County. Last Friday, the Alameda County Public Health Department issued new orders which allows outdoor swimming pools and outdoor hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, waxing services, skin care and non-medical massages to resume. The order excludes services that require the removal of a face covering, like eyebrow threading. 

The Orders also allow outdoor pools to reopen, but requires business complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan and follow practices to protect employees and customers. 

“These outdoor activities we are allowing to reopen are relatively low risk, but whenever we increase opportunities for people to mix, we see an increase in cases,” Alameda County’s Interim Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss said, “As we continue to experience poor air quality, there is no better time to stay home as much as possible.” Moss reminds people to wear masks, wash hands, and practice physical distancing.

The new orders take effect this Friday, August 28, due to wildfire smoke. 

Alameda County status

Alameda County remains on the State Monitoring List

Alameda County has 16,723 coronavirus cases, up from 15,123 last week. Thirteen people died last week, bringing total deaths to 234. In Oakland, 6,866 people have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Alameda County Public Health Department.

Spare the Air Alert through Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District extended a “Spare the Air” alert through Wednesday, August 26. This bans the burning of wood, fire logs, or solid fuels, both indoors or outdoors. Oakland Voices detailed how to search the BAAQMD website for Oakland air information last week.

In other news

A new COVID-19 testing site recently opened in Oakland’s Chinatown. I’ll be going this week. This will be my first COVID-19 test.

In other apocalyptic news: Amid pandemics of COVID-19 and racism, the ongoing housing crises, and multiple wildfire complexes in the Bay Area that led the Governor to ask Australia and Canada for help, Zoom went down for some users this morning. As of 10:30am PST, Zoom reports the issues were resolved.

East Bay Times reports on a few Oakland and Bay Area residents moving to Tahoe area. 


Every Monday and Thursday, Rasheed Shabazz and Momo Chang produce the Oakland ‘Rona Roundup, COVID-19 related stories impacting the Town.

About Rasheed Shabazz

Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area. He coordinates Oakland Voices and is currently in the Masters of City and Regional Planning program at UC Berkeley.  View all posts by Rasheed Shabazz →

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