4 cities will support outdoor dining despite suspension of Alameda County – CBS San Francisco

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LIVERMORE (CBS SF) – Four cities in Alameda county backed down on Saturday after the Alameda county health department suspended outdoor dining due to stricter state guidelines.In late June, the county released restaurants, bars, and wineries to provide outdoor dining, but shifted gears Friday evening in a press release, saying only takeout and delivery would be allowed. until a deviation can be obtained from the state.

On Saturday, Livermore and Hayward announced that they would not apply the revised ordinance and would proceed with street closings planned for this weekend, which would allow more space for outdoor dining in their cities.

Oakland officials said the street closures would not take place, but added that the revised ordinance would not be enforced.

“It gets really crazy,” said Esteban Blancas, general manager of Nonni’s Bistro in Pleasanton. “There is no way we can just, like, shut up and throw away the food money!” ”

Blancas said they had already bought thousands of dollars of food for the weekend and that the state should not just tell them to close without warning.

The Dublin Facebook page posted a message saying that the city “will not be making any local applications this weekend and will assess the gap and seek clarity early next week.”

Livermore’s Facebook announcement said that “although the press release contains new information, neither the county nor the state of California has issued any new legal orders,” Livermore said on its Facebook page on Saturday.

“As a result, the city of Livermore will not change law enforcement this weekend and First Street will remain closed to cars. ”

Hayward has followed suit, with plans continuing for a street closure event “and will support local restaurants that choose to participate – whether by providing outdoor dining or simply takeout.” ”

In Oakland, the city issued a terse statement that the city would not apply the revised guidelines, but added: “The state can enforce the ban on outdoor dining in Alameda County, including the publication of citations. We share this information so that business owners can make informed decisions about their daily operations. ”

The city was in contact with the state and county to resolve the problem, according to the statement, from city administrator Ed Reiskin.

“These latest county reports are confusing and contradict the previous order from the Alameda County health official authorizing outdoor dining, and we share your frustration,” the statement said.

Oakland’s flexible streets for restoration operations will be temporarily suspended until clarification is received from the county and state, which could happen days after the supervisory board meeting on Tuesday, officials said. from the city.

A spokesperson for the Alameda County health department said on Saturday afternoon that “we understand the confusion and frustration, and appreciate the continued support of our cities and businesses as we work to solve a problem.” evolving.”

New advice was released Friday by state counties that have received no government exemptions to ban activities such as outdoor dining, the county said in a press release. Friday night.

On Tuesday, the county supervisory board will consider a letter of support for a deviation from the state, which would give the county the flexibility to allow activities that health officials deem to be safer.

As of Saturday afternoon, Alameda County had 7,725 positive cases of COVID-19, the highest number of all counties in the Bay Area.

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