Nail salons, many faced with going out of business because of the inability to open regularly under health rules, can open in Alameda County for indoor operations, public health officials said Friday.
The move comes after the county reviewed state guidance and after the state allowed for indoor operations of nail salons on Tuesday even in counties with the highest risk for spreading COVID-19 (in the purple tier).
Earlier in the week, Alameda County public health officials decided to make no changes to what businesses could reopen even after state officials said the county had reduced its risk for spreading the virus and advanced into the red tier.
Friday's decision is a change from that position. County officials said no other changes to what can or cannot operate are being made. Nail salons must follow county and state guidance for operating.
Restaurants in Alameda County are hungry to reopen indoor dining and many have been calling at least one county supervisor's office to say so, according to comments made at last Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
County officials continue to review what parts of the economy can reopen safely and they said they will release a plan to avoid dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases.
To improve health and safety, public health officials ask that residents wear masks, wash their hands regularly, stay six feet away from others when in public and limit spending time with people outside of their household.
County officials encourage all businesses to serve customers outdoors whenever feasible because the risk of spreading the coronavirus is greater indoors.
For a list of what is and is not permitted in the county under health rules, visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/sip.page.
To date, ACPHD has reported 21,136 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 406 deaths caused by the virus countywide throughout the course of the pandemic. That includes 887 positive cases in Livermore, 446 in Pleasanton, 292 in Dublin and 12 in Sunol since March.
Pleasanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center continues to have active cases as a result of an outbreak that began at the Neal Street skilled nursing facility more than a month ago.
The COVID-19 death count at Pleasanton Nursing and Rehab stands at 12 residents and at least one employee, according to state data. The total number of employee deaths from COVID-19 is not publicly known at this time, as the state only reports exact case totals above 11, as a de-identification strategy, so lower totals are labeled as "less than 11."
There have been nearly 90 cases total at Pleasanton Nursing and Rehab -- 48 confirmed in residents and 41 in employees. There was at least one resident case still active as of Thursday (also listed as "less than 11").
-- Story by Bay City News Service, with Weekly editor Jeremy Walsh contributing COVID-19 case data.