Alameda County to allow more “vehicle-based gatherings”

A red car has the window open. A hand is holding a homemade cardboard sign that says "Fund Schools Not Police BLM"
Parents, teachers, students, counselors and community members coordinated caravans and gatherings at the homes of certain OUSD school board members to urge them to cancel their contract with OPD and abolish police from public schools. Photo by Ryan Sin.

Nearly six months have passed since Alameda County began shelter-in-place.

Source: Alameda County Public Health Department.

Oakland has 7,954 COVID-19 cases as of last week. Alameda County has 19,991 coronavirus cases. East Oakland has the highest number of cases in the county. The disparities in who is impacted by COVID-19 is due to systemic racism, according to Jason Corburn, professor of public health at UC Berkeley. 

Vehicle-based gatherings

If you miss going to the movies or listening to live music, you may be able to attend live shows in your car soon. Alameda County will begin permitting vehicle-based gatherings this week. 

This past spring, the County allowed schools and colleges to host graduation ceremonies by car. Activists also organized protest caravans. 

The updated order will allow live events, like film screenings, theatrical performances, and religious and cultural ceremonies. The order increases the number of vehicles from 200 to 400 and will allow restricted concession sales. 

People in a vehicle must be from the same household and the order does include drop Barriatz, motorcycles, bicycles, or the back of flatbed trucks. 

Events must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and obtain a permit from the County.

Pop-up testing in East Oakland this weekend

Two COVID-19 community pop-ups will open this weekend in Deep East Oakland with a goal of testing 1,000 African Americans and distributing PPE.

  • Saturday, 9am-4pm, Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS), 9006 MacArthur Blvd. walk-up testing.
  • Sunday, 9am-4pm, Center of Hope Church, parking lot, 8411 MacArthur Blvd.

Every Monday and Thursday, Momo Chang and Rasheed Shabazz round-up Oakland-related COVID-19 coverage for Oakland Voices

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Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area. He is co-director of Oakland Voices. He recently completed his Masters of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. 

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