Select Outdoor Businesses Can Now Reopen In Alameda County

Select outdoor businesses are allowed to resume operations starting Friday in Alameda County, after being forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic

Outdoor swimming pools and outdoor hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, waxing services, skin care and non-medical massages are able to reopen for business, according to a health order issued by the county on Aug. 21.  

However, just because businesses are legally able to reopen, doesn’t mean they are. 

With a few exceptions, swimming pools remain closed in most cities. In some instances, local city councils need to approve the reopenings. 

The Donkey & Goat Winery in Berkeley has reopened, following local and state guidelines. 

“We have been hosting tastings solely in the backyard,” said a tasting room employee. “What you get when you hangout is a flight of three wines that we’re changing seasonally and snacks to share."

Tattoos, piercings and electrolysis are not allowed to operate indoors or outdoors, according to county. Eyebrow threading and waxing and eyelash treatments are also still not permitted.