Alameda County Active Health Orders 

Date Revised: 6/15/2021

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Stay Home Order Rescinded

As of June 15th, 2021, California has safely and fully reopened its economy. The new Public Health order supersedes all previous prior health orders. 

Restrictions that ended as of June 15th include:

  • Physical Distancing

  • Capacity limits on business

  • County tier system


While the Stay At Home order has been rescinded, we must remain cautious of disease variants and those who remain unvaccinated. COVID-19 remains a concern to Public Health, and limited and temporary public health requirements remain at this time.


Alameda County has reopened!

Due to increasing vaccination rates and falling transmission rates, California has fully reopened its economy.

For more information, visit Reopening California. 

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Updated guidance on Face Coverings

As of June 15th, if you are fully vaccinated, masks are no longer required, except in the following settings, regardless of vaccination status:

  • On public transit (e.g.: airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride shares), and in transportation hubs (e.g.: airports, bus terminals, train stations, marina, seaports, subway stations, etc).

  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings.

  • Healthcare settings

  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers.

  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters, and cooling centers. 

Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor settings. 

For further information on updated mask guidance check the CDPH. 

Changes on Order: Mass Quarantine

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Quarantining applies when you are exposed to a person who is COVID-positive, or when you have traveled more than 120 miles from home. If you are fully-vaccinated, you no longer need to quarantine. 


All circumstances are listed by the California Department of Public Health.


For more information on Isolation vs Quarantine, please refer to this video from the CDC.

Based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this 12/10/2020 order shortens the quarantine period for most individuals from 14 to 10 days.

Isolation is Different From Quarantine

Isolation applies when you have tested positive for COVID-19. For more information on Isolation vs Quarantine, please refer to this video from the CDC.

For information on self-isolation for those who have tested positive or are waiting for test results, refer to these instructions from the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency

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COVID-19 Testing Locations in Alameda County


If you have medical insurance, you should contact your doctor or health care provider. You can also contact a Community testing site.


If you do not have medical insurance, please consult Community testing site to see when and where you can schedule an appointment. Community testing sites are free and do not ask for immigration status.


All CORE-run testing sites can test all ages four years and older. Parents of infants should check with their primary care providers regarding necessity of testing. 


For video of what Anterior Nasal testing looks like, please refer to this linked video, from Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.


COVID-19 Vaccinations in Alameda

As of the April 15th, every Californian 16 years and older will be eligible for vaccination. 

For more information on updates, visit Alameda County's Vaccination Guidance and Resources page.

Dates of vaccine appointments will depend on vaccine availability. 

  • Phase 1A: Health care personnel, long-term care facility residents.

  • Phase 1B: Persons aged at or above 65 years and non-health care frontline essential workers (e.g.: Essential workers in Education and Child Care, Emergency Services, and Food/Agriculture). 

  • Phase 1C: Persons aged 50-64 years, persons aged 16-49 years with high-risk medical conditions, and essential workers not included in Phase 1B. 

  • Phase 2: All other persons aged at or above 16 years.

More information on scheduling vaccinations may be found by filling out the Alameda County Resident Notification Vaccine Form

Please continue to comply with necessary safety precautions.

Vaccines alone will not slow the spread of COVID.