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New County Order Loosens Rules for Retail, Restaurants, Manufacturing, Childcare and More

Strong social distancing protocols still apply, employee testing required

Post Date:06/03/2020 9:01 AM

Starting Friday, June 5, a new Public Health Order will allow outdoor dining, indoor shopping, childcare, manufacturing and more to restart in Santa Clara County.  

The new Order reflects our measurable progress in slowing the spread of the pandemic in Santa Clara County. To avoid increased infections that would require future business closures, all businesses must follow strict social distancing requirements as outlined in the Order. This includes staff training and completing and posting Social Distancing Protocols and related signage.   

The following additional businesses will be allowed to re-open. However, the updated order includes specific requirements for each new type of business now allowed to operate

  • Outdoor dining at restaurants and other food facilities - register to attend this webinar, or watch for the recording on our web page
  • Retail and shopping centers for in-store shopping  
  • Childcare, summer camps, summer school, and all other educational or recreational programs for all children, in stable groups of up to 12 children  
  • All manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics facilities
  • House cleaning and other no-contact in-home services  
  • Low contact/no contact service businesses such as shoe repair, watch repair, and other similar services  
  • All pet grooming 

 Additional activities allowed with social distancing and other requirements:  

  • Outdoor small ceremonies and religious services, in groups no larger than 25  
  • All outdoor recreational activities that do not involve physical contact, with social distancing, including swimming pools, hiking, tennis, golf, etc.  
  • Camping  
  • Drive-in theaters and other car-based gatherings 

Limitations on other non-essential businesses and activities are still in place, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Employees at most businesses must continue to work from home if feasible. Some exceptions are allowed for minimum basic operations at non-essential businesses. Please refer to the Public Health Order for more details. 

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