Outdoor Business

COVID-19 Relief Temporary Outdoor Facilities Registration Program

On June 19, 2020, the Alameda County Public Health Office further relaxed shelter-in-place restrictions by permitting the reopening of outdoor restaurant dining, outdoor bar service (with food), indoor/outdoor retail, outdoor fitness classes, outdoor museums, and religious services, subject to health and safety requirements. On March 31, 2021, the County advanced to the Orange Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, also allowing bars to operate outdoors without meal service.

Businesses were urged to review Alameda County guidance for operation of outdoor personal services, outdoor pools, and other industries and businesses that have reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic in Appendix C (PDF) of the Shelter-in-Place Order. They were also encouraged to review industry-specific guidance from the State of California for outdoor hair salons and barbershops (PDF), and outdoor personal services. The California Department of Consumer Affairs also provided guidance on outdoor operations (PDF), including the types of services that hair salons and barbers could provide. Before reopening, all businesses must complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan (PDF) and put into place protocols and procedures to protect customers and employees from COVID-19.

City-Level Outdoor Facilities Process

In conjunction with changes to the Alameda County Shelter-in-Place Order, the City of San Leandro developed a streamlined, no-cost outdoor facilities process to assist impacted businesses reopen quickly and in conformance with Alameda County regulations. The COVID-19 Relief Temporary Outdoor Facilities Program outlined the parameters by which restaurants and food providers, retailers and other outdoor activities permitted by Alameda County Public Health were able operate in San Leandro. Recognizing the needs and limitations of businesses and the temporary nature of the outdoor activities, efforts were made to keep the program as simple and low-cost as possible.

In order to participate in the program and provide outdoor facilities, businesses needed to complete and submit the registration form (PDF), which certified that they would comply with applicable city, county and state health and safety requirements, and provide business insurance information. Submittal of detailed site plans and materials details were not be required. Once a business submitted the registration form and insurance forms (if operating on public property), they may begin outdoor operations without further City approval. The City reviewed registration forms and insurance and reached out and worked with the businesses to address any concerns.

This program ended on April 30, 2023.