County updates COVID-19 order in anticipation of new reopenings next week

Santa Clara County Public Health leaders are getting a jumpstart on potential upcoming changes to COVID-19 business restrictions.

The County may potentially enter California’s ‘Orange Tier’ from its current ‘Red Tier’ status as early as October 13. That change would allow a number of businesses to reopen, though with significant adjustments.

It is all part of the County’s movement toward risk reduction compared to initial industry-specific restrictions.

“The public’s commitment…to wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing and testing is what will help us move forward,” said Dr. Sara Cody, County Public Health Officer in a statement Monday.

If Santa Clara County does move into the ‘Orange Tier’, most businesses can reopen with restrictions, unless expressly prohibited.

Restrictions include:

  • Outdoor gatherings with maximum of 200 attendees
  • Indoor gatherings or 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Indoor dining up to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

Despite the potential adjustments, the County reiterated its calls for residents to do their part to cut COVID-19 spread.

“The fact that an activity is allowed does not mean it is safe. We urge all residents to be cautious, stay home when possible, minimize interaction with anyone outside their household, maintain social distance, wear a face covering, and move activities outdoors when possible.”