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    Posted by James Williams

    Posted on 16th Aug 2020 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness


    It's difficult to keep track of updates related to coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic in the Bay Area and California at-large. The state shut down completely in April and remained that way for the entire month. The curve was flattening in May so Governor Gavin Newsom began moving the state into Stage 2 of his reopening plan. Guidelines were released by the state for individual industries to follow for reopening. Counties were given authority to determine that businesses could reopen and not.

    The state created a monitoring list in May to track COVID-19 infection rates and deaths by county. Several criteria land counties on the watch list. For instance, any county that records more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents in 14 days or has less than 25% ventilator availability, lands on the list. Currently 38 of 58 counties are on the list. Counties that remain on the list for three consecutive days are ordered by the governor to roll back reopening. The state took proactive measures on July 13. It shut down many businesses that had only reopened weeks prior. Phase 4 reopening is when sporting events, concerts and other large gatherings are reopen. But state officials do not expect that until at least 2021.

    Bay Area residents are staying home because their companies allow them to telecommute or they simply want to avoid crowds and potential COVID-19 infection. Some offices are still operating at 20-30% capacity because of social distancing measures like plexiglass shields for cubicles and office partitions to preserve some form of open office layouts. Whether you want to get out of the house or pass the time indoors, there is still plenty to do despite the realities of coronavirus.

    West Wind Solano Drive-in

    Social distancing is easy when you never get out of your car. Furthermore this theater in Concord has some very good shows and attractions every night. It aired a Garth Brooks concert live as it was happening on June 27. The event was touted as a first-of-its-kind during the pandemic. Shows typically start around 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Check the website for details.

    Learn to play an instrument

    A common question when it comes to learning to play music is "am I too old?" A blog post on says that the only reason kids have advantages is the availability of time. Adults typically have jobs, kids to raise and other responsibilities that prevent them from devoting the necessary time to learn. Lockdowns provide plenty of time to learn an instrument. Technology makes it even simpler as lessons are readily available both for free and as paid, guided studies.

    Yosemite National Park

    It's about a three hour drive to get there. But it's well worth it for those tired of being cooped up in the house. The park is open, but with restrictions. Traveling on Tioga Road, for instance, requires a reservation. More of the park is being made available every week. Check the National Park Service website for the most up-to-date news.

    Virtual tours

    This idea was mostly for real estate agents to try and sell homes. The COVID-19 pandemic has created the opportunity for museums across the globe to hold virtual tours for people to pass time during lockdowns. Some of the participants include the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the British Museum, Musee d'Orsay in Paris, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the The Museu de Arte de São Paulo.

    Eco Office continues providing essential services to offices and other businesses across the Bay Area. Whether its plexiglass installation, partitions or space planning to ensure social distancing, we have the solutions. Give us a call today at 408-437-1700 to speak to one of our project managers.

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