Alameda County Active Health Orders 

Date Revised: 3/07/2021

Stay Home Order Rescinded

Alameda County rescinded its Stay At Home Order, effective January 25, 2021. All County activities are now subject to the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 


Some non-essential indoor business operations are opened with state mandated safety precautions. Otherwise, business activities should be conducted outdoors. Counties can restrict operations further.


Small and time-limited private gatherings among no more than 3 households are now permitted outdoors. Masks and social distancing are still required for these gatherings, and those experiencing symptoms must not attend.


The Stay At Home order has been rescinded. That means you should continue to comply with the necessary safety precautions of hand washing, distancing and wearing face coverings. 

Alameda County is in Purple County

Alameda County is currently in the purple tier. Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed. 

For more information, check the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. 

Every County in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity, adjusted case rate, and health equity metric. To reduce transmission in disproportionately impacted communities, the following is effective until further notice:

  •  Tier assignments may change multiple times within a week, and is determined by the most recent reliable data. 

  • Counties may be moved back more than one tier if CDPH determines that the data supports more intensive intervention. 

  • Most recent reliable data will be used to complete the assessment.

  • In light of the extreme circumstances requiring immediate action, counties will be required to implement any sector changes the day following the tier announcement.

  • Full details are available in CDPH's Blueprint for a Safer Economy Framework. 

Face Coverings Required

This order was issued on June 5, 2020. It requires that all individuals in Alameda County, over the age of 2 years, wear face coverings in accordance with guidance issued by the State of California. 

Californians must wear face masks that cover their noses and mouths when they are outside the home, unless one of the following exemptions applies to them:

  • Traveling in a car alone or with household members. 

  • Working alone in an office space not regularly used by others. 

  • Actively eating or drinking while also socially distancing.

  • Obtaining a service requiring temporary removal of face mask, e.g., COVID test, Dental Care.

  • Any specific exemptions from CDPH guidance.


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

Changes on Order: Mass Quarantine

Quarantining applies when you are exposed to a person who is COVID-positive, or when you have traveled more than 120 miles from home. 


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

COVID-19 Testing Locations in Alameda

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

Alameda County is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A. 

As of the week of February 8th, the county has also begun vaccinating those in Phase 1B. 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.