COVID-19 Policy


These are Habitot’s updated COVID-19 Protocols as of January 2024.

Anyone with flu or COVID-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or nausea) should not plan to attend.

Masks are encouraged but no longer required for everyone over 2 years of age at our events.

Daily case numbers of COVID-19 are currently low in Contra Costa and Alameda counties and the positivity rate is 5.5% or lower. Adult vaccination rate these counties is 84-85%. In Alameda County, 30% of children under 5 have had at least one dose of the vaccine but only 19% are fully vaccinated.

The World Health Organization recommends that the COVID-19 infection rate should remain under 5% for two weeks before governments consider full reopening. Keep in mind that most children under 5 are as yet unvaccinated and at risk. 

  • Persons with medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask for extended periods of time are invited to take breaks in designated areas outside of the event.
  • During each hour and fifteen minute-long play and learning session, a maximum of 72 children and adults will be admitted into the fenced 2500 square foot space (48 during the Mellow Hour).
  • To maintain social distancing, we recommend that no more than six people be seated at activity stations and a maximum of three families at a time play in each exhibit area. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • After each session, a 15 minute break will permit staff to re-set equipment, sanitize equipment, and add supplies.
  • All Habitot staff and volunteers will wear masks. All Habitot event staff are vaccinated and boosted and only vaccinated volunteers will be present at events.

We recognize that not everyone will agree with Habitot’s approach; some will view it as too restrictive and others will view it as too lax. Modeling respect for one other and their choices, and listening to different perspectives, are values Habitot embraces for all parents and children.