July 13, 2020 at 5:09:52 PM PDT

Statement of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department regarding the Governor’s announcement:

Today, the Governor took bold statewide action to respond to the rapid and troubling growth of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across California.  Reducing transmission statewide is critical to controlling the pandemic.  According to the State’s website (covid19.ca.gov):

Effective immediately, California closes some indoor business operations statewide and additional indoor operations in counties on Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days.  Statewide indoor closures include restaurants, bars and breweries, wineries & tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms. County indoor closures include fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls. County closures apply to counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days.

The County of Santa Clara was added to the State’s monitoring list on Sunday, July 12, 2020.  In light of the Governor’s announcement, the County sought clarification on the effect of today’s announcement in our County.  The State confirmed this afternoon that it will require sectors closed for indoor operations in counties on the monitoring list to close in Santa Clara County effective Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.  We wanted to share this information with businesses and residents as soon as possible.  The chart below provides information on the industries being closed statewide and in our County, as well as the effective date of the closure:

Industry Closed for Indoor OperationsDate of Closure
RestaurantsClosed statewide effective July 13th
Wineries and tasting roomsClosed statewide effective July 13th
Movie theatersClosed statewide effective July 13th
CardroomsClosed statewide effective July 13th
Family entertainment centersClosed statewide effective July 13th
Zoos and museumsClosed statewide effective July 13th
Bars, breweries, and pubs (indoor and outdoor)Closed statewide effective July 13th
Worship servicesClosed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
ProtestsClosed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Fitness centersClosed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Offices in nonessential sectorsClosed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Personal care services, e.g. nail salons, body waxing, tattoo parlorsClosed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Hair salons and barbershopsClosed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Shopping mallsClosed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th

All businesses in the community must follow this directive from the State.  All businesses, including those operating solely outdoors, must also continue to follow the requirements of the local order, including by creating and posting a Social Distancing Protocol.  We will provide additional information to the community as soon as it becomes available.

“The fight against COVID-19 is unfortunately far from over, but our residents and businesses have shown how we can collectively make an extraordinary difference in saving lives and safeguarding our community,” said County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody.  “We strongly urge everyone to rigorously and consistently follow the State and local health orders.”

County of Santa Clara Emergency Operations Center

Website: https://www.sccgov.org/covid19

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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Visit the County of Santa Clara’s webpage for important updates, dashboards, and additional resources and actions taken to keep the community informed: www.sccgov.org/coronavirus

Please note that the County does not provide certifications or exemptions of any kind for businesses or residents related to this Order. County staff can help try to clarify certain aspects of the Order and point to language that may be relevant to a specific situation within the Order or the FAQ.  However, staff correspondence must not be construed as granting any kind of official exemption.  It is the responsibility of each individual business owner and individual to ensure their activities are consistent with all applicable State and local public health orders.