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East Bay Cities Push Back Against Outdoor Dining Suspension; Alameda County Now Placed on State’s County Monitoring List – SFist

Announced Friday night, the Alameda County Public Health Department suspended outdoor dining in all of its cities yet another harmful blow to the Bay Areas already crippled gastronomic scene. But at least four cities in the region are now pushing back on that hiatus.
The pandemic’s given a seemingly insurmountable hit to our local eateries and watering holes. The ones that have managed to stay afloat still struggle to keep their doors open, if only for takeout. Others, though, haven’t fared as well granted: the use of “well” here is quite subjective closing their doors in record numbers. So amid the news Friday that Alameda County, a metropolitan which includes Oakland and Berkeley, would suspend outdoor dining left many not only scratching their heads but even more concerned about the fate of local restaurants. Now it seems at least four East Bay cities Livermore, Hayward, Oakland, and Dublin have no plans to enforce the change.
Also, earlier Sunday afternoon, the county announced on Twitter theyve been placed on the States County Monitoring List which will further limit reopening plans for dine-in restaurants, zoos and museums, and other businesses for at least three weeks.
According to KPIX, Livermore and Hayward announced yesterday that they wouldnt enforce the revised order, proceeding with already planned street closures this weekend to allow for more space for outdoor dining. Oakland city officials, in a similar stance, said they wouldn’t carry out the edited rule but did add that some street closures wouldn’t take place. A Facebook posting from the City of Dublin echoed a like-sentiment saying the city will not be conducting any local enforcement this weekend and will assess the discrepancy and seek clarity early next week.”
Berkely Mayor Jesse Arreguín has also spoken out about the recent decision, but will comply with it.
And even amongst Alameda County officials, there seems to be a level of agreeance this order left people baffled, bewildered, and, for some, boiling.
Per the news outlet, a spokesperson with the Alameda County Health Department said yesterday afternoon that

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