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Five Cities Ignore Alameda County Outdoor Dining Ban

Newly reinstated ban on outdoor dining not being enforced by Oakland, Livermore, Hayward, Dublin and Pleasanton
By - posted 7/13/2020 No Comment

Thanks to KPIX5 and SF Gate for letting us know that several cities will not be enforcing a newly-made ban on outdoor dining despite Alameda County rolling back the rules of what’s allowed.

Alameda County released a statement Saturday, July 11th prohibiting outdoor dining, this is due to being the highest number of cases among Bay Area counties, the County’s case rate is 3rd highest in the Bay Area and less than half of California’s overall case as of July 12.

But many cities will continue to close down streets to support outdoor dining and aren’t enforcing the reinstated ban.

Which Cities Aren’t Yet Enforcing New Ban On Outdoor Dining?

  • Oakland – “the state may enforce the ban on outdoor dining in Alameda County, including issuing citations. We share this information so business owners may make informed decisions on their daily operations” – Not being enforced by city, but many restaurants are choosing to close outdoor dining anyway.
  • Livermore – “while the press release has new information, neither the county nor the State of California has issued new legal Orders”
  • Dublin – “will not be conducting any local enforcement this weekend”
  • Hayward – “will support local restaurants who choose to participate”
  • Pleasanton – SF Gate reports “will continue to close streets to support outdoor dining.”

Oakland city officials said the revised order wouldn’t be enforced, but they’ll notify businesses of the state’s intention. Livermore and Hayward announced they wouldn’t enforce the revised order and would proceed with planned street closures this weekend that allows more space for outdoor dining in their cities. The City of Dublin’s Tweeted that the city “will not be conducting any local enforcement this weekend and will assess the discrepancy and seek clarity early next week.

Read the full report from KPIX5.

On Tuesday, July 14th, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will consider a letter of support for a variance from the state that would give the county more flexibility to allow activities like outdoor dining, which health officials determine to be lower risk.

Please note this is an evolving news story and details may change rapidly.

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