ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA – Indoor restaurants, gyms, museums, nail salons and more may reopen with security restrictions on Wednesday in Newark after Alameda County moved to the less stringent red row on Tuesday.

COVID-19 statistics have improved significantly since the winter spike in early January, the district said in a press release.

“The case rate in Alameda County is declining and vaccinations for vulnerable residents and our frontline workers are advancing, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet,” said Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County’s health officer, in the press release. “As more indoor activities and businesses open and more people from different households mix, the risk of infection increases. The majority of Alameda County’s residents have not been vaccinated, so we must continue to take precautions to protect one another.”

This is the first time in four months that any of these activities have been allowed indoors in Alameda County. The county switched to the severest purple tier in November, indicating a widespread risk.

The red level is one step above the purple level and indicates a significant risk. The state’s color-coded COVID-19 risk assessment system has four tiers.

The state allows the following companies and services to open indoors in red row with security changes made:

  • Shopping centers (50 percent capacity; closed common areas and food courts with reduced capacity)
  • Indoor dining (25 percent capacity)
  • Fitness center (10 percent capacity)
  • Places of worship (25 percent capacity or 100 people – whichever is lower)
  • Nail salons
  • Massage facilities
  • Museums (25 percent capacity)
  • Zoos (25 percent capacity)
  • Aquariums (25 percent capacity)
  • Cinemas (25 percent capacity or 100 people – whichever is lower)

Alameda County was promoted to this lower tier after meeting the red tier standards for 14 consecutive days.

Red Tier Counties must meet the following standards:

  • 4 to 7 new cases per 100,000 people daily (average of seven days with a seven-day delay)
  • 5-8% test positivity rate across the county (7-day average)
  • 5.3-8% test positivity rate in communities most likely to be most affected (Health Equity Metric)

Here’s how Alameda County compares these metrics:

  • 4.8 new cases per 100,000 people every day: Meets the Red Tier Standard
  • 1.8% test positivity rate across the county: corresponds to the yellow animal standard
  • 2.6% test positivity rate in neighborhoods most likely to be most affected (health equity metric): Meets the Orange Tier Standard

Now Alameda County is seeing a move into the less severe orange tier, indicating a moderate risk.

Orange Tier Counties must meet the following standards:

  • 1 to 3.9 new cases per 100,000 people daily (average of seven days with a seven-day delay)
  • 2 to 4.9% test positivity rate across the county (7-day average)
  • 2.2 to 5.2% test positivity rate in communities most likely to be most affected (Health Equity Metric)

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 81,000 COVID-19 cases had been reported in Alameda County, including nearly 1,300 deaths linked to the coronavirus.

Here is the number of cases by community:

  • Alameda: 2.233
  • Albany: 313
  • Berkeley: 3,320
  • Castro Valley: 2,357
  • Dublin: 1,525
  • Eden Area: 5,521
  • Emeryville: 400
  • Fairview: 599
  • Fremont: 7,284
  • Hayward: 12,792
  • Livermore: 4,052
  • Newark: 2,607
  • Oakland: 25,300
  • Piedmont: 167
  • Pleasanton: 2,082
  • San Leandro: 5,025
  • Sunol: 34
  • Union City: 3,758
  • Not listed: 158