More COVID restrictions issued for Santa Clara County

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Santa Clara County health officials have issued additional restrictions effective Monday, November 30 in light of soaring COVID-19 daily cases and hospitalizations.

As of Saturday, there were 760 new cases of COVID-19 and 239 COVID-related hospitalizations, 71 of whom are in the ICU. Both the number of new cases and COVID-related hospitalizations set new records for the highest single-day counts since the beginning of the pandemic.

Changes to the Mandatory Directives that accompany the Public Health Officer’s Risk Reduction Order include, but are not limited to:

  • Stores and other facilities open to the public are limited to 10 percent capacity, excepting grocery stores and pharmacies, which are limited to 25 percent capacity.
  • Gatherings are allowed outdoors only, with a maximum capacity set at 100 individuals, and limited to First Amendment protected activities such as religious services or protests.
  • All recreational activities involving physical contact or close proximity outside one’s own household are temporarily prohibited. Outdoor socially-distant athletics and recreation still are allowed.
  • Cardrooms are temporarily closed.
  • Hotels and lodging facilities may only be used for essential travel or to facilitate isolation or quarantine.
  • A new mandatory directive on travel will require people to quarantine for 14 days upon return to the County from travel of more than 150 miles. Healthcare workers and patients traveling to provide or receive care are exempted.

These new restrictions remain in effect until at least December 21, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. unless they are extended.