Santa Clara County Relaxes Shelter Orders

Gideon Rubin

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody on Monday announced amendments to shelter-in-place orders allowing some businesses to resume operating subject to social distancing guidelines and related requirements.

Cody cited significant progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19 as the basis for the decision, which was issued in a joint statement with fellow Bay Area health officers.

The shelter orders went into effect March 16 and are due to expire at the end of the month.

“In collaboration with local and regional partners, we are taking measured steps to enable businesses and activities to reopen safely,” Cody said.

“We will continue to closely monitor each of the indicators, as well as other data, to assess how COVID-19 is circulating in our community. These data about the health and safety of residents will guide us as we gradually reopen more activities without eroding the significant progress we have made to date.”

Retailers under the new order will be allowed to open for curbside/outdoor pickup, and the supply chain for those retail establishments will also be allowed to reopen.

The amended order also allows additional outdoor activities including car parades, outdoor museums, historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens to resume.

The shelter-in-place modifications go into effect Friday.

“We recognize that COVID-19 and the measures taken to prevent its spread have profoundly disrupted the lives of all members of our community,” Cody said. “We share the sense of urgency, and will reopen activities as soon as they can appropriately resume.”

This article originally appeared on the Los Gatos Patch