ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — Tammy Schneickert, owner of Castro Valley gym D’s Fitness Designed 4 Women, was ecstatic when she got word that state health officials had moved Alameda County into the red tier Tuesday, indicating that fitness centers could reopen indoors at 10 percent capacity.
She was prepared to reopen and had thought of all the details: blocking off every other cardio machine to maintain social distancing, ensuring proper ventilation, protecting front desk staff and keeping an ultra-clean environment. The only question in her mind was whether she could reopen immediately or if she’d have to wait a few days.
The answer, as it turned out, was neither.
Soon after the state’s announcement, Alameda County made its own. Rather than allow more businesses to open indoors at reduced capacity, the county said it would take the next two weeks to ensure reopenings were safe and create its own phased