The loosening of restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 continues this week, with big changes coming Friday.
Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced updates to the current order Monday afternoon. It represents some of the biggest changes yet, as the county has seen a leveling out of new cases.
“The COVID-19 virus has had an impact on every aspect of our lives. It has been particularly devasting to low income communities and communities of color in our county,” said Dr. Cody.
While the county has been criticized by some for not acting quickly enough to reopen, Dr. Cody has stood firm in her data-driven approach.
“We have chosen to be measured in how and when we reopen,” Dr. Cody added.
Santa Clara County and several other Bay Area counties reiterated that they will pursue reopening efforts in unison, wherever possible.
New activities allowed
Starting Friday, June 5, the health department is allowing the following activities in Santa Clara County:
- Outdoor dining at restaurants.
- In-store shopping at retail locations (subject to social distancing and maximum numbers of patrons).
- No-contact house cleanings.
- Shoe repair and other low-contact service businesses.
- Childcare, summer camps, summer school, education and recreational programs for all children – not just those of essential workers. Groups must be fewer than 12 children.
- Outdoor gatherings of up to 25 for religious or cultural events (subject to social distancing)
- Outdoor activities without physical contact, including swimming pools.
- Drive-in movie theaters.
To see the county’s summary of changes for Friday, June 5, click here.
To see a list of what is open, as of Friday June 5, click here.