Santa Clara County continues slow and steady reopening approach as neighboring counties move more quickly

Despite rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, counties across the state and the Bay Area are reopening businesses and services.

Santa Clara County is continuing its slow and steady approach, even as neighboring counties move more quickly. In San Mateo County, nail salons and salons could legally reopen Friday. Gyms, dine-in restaurants and cardrooms reopened there on Wednesday.

This week, Santa Clara County officials reiterated that the current health order, barring those types of outlets from operating at this time, remains in place.

Nail and hair salon owners have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic.

“It has been extremely tough, very stressful financially,” said Linda Do, owner of Blossom Nail Spa in a County video.

The different rules coming from state officials versus those at local levels have created confusion throughout the COVID-19 era. In this instance, the more restrictive measure set by the county takes precedence.

“I’m working with the County, to tell them that you know, we are working on safety measures right now and as soon as we get guidelines from the County and instruct us what to do we will follow,” Do said.

County officials continue to monitor data sources on case numbers, hospitalizations, and personal protective equipment. Most expect the county to wait longer to see the impact of recent reopening restaurants for outdoor dining. If positive test percentages remain flat, continued reopenings – including for salons and gyms – could be in the cards.

To see updates, check the county’s COVID-19 information page here.