Santa Clara Eases Stay-at-Home Restrictions

Outdoor dining, retail, and childcare businesses are reopening in Santa Clara, which was an early coronavirus hot spot. Health Officer Sara Cody announced amendments to the county’s shelter-in-place order Monday. The new guidance takes effect June 5.

The amended order leaves social distancing guidelines in place. However, summer camps, in-home cleaning services, and outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed.

As the architect of California’s first shelter-in-place orders, Dr. Cody has typically taken a hard line on quarantines. Recently, she expressed concerns that the state was moving too fast to reopen.

The protests that have since engulfed the nation seem to have played some role in her thinking.

“The COVID-19 virus has had an impact on every aspect of our lives,” said Cody. “It has been particularly devasting to low income communities and communities of color in our county and across our state and nation. This has been compounded by structural inequities that exist in our society that are unjust, persistent, and damaging.”

Read more about Santa Clara’s amended stay-at-home orders here.


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Monday, October 12, 2020 - 05:35

Riverside County leaders have approved a more lenient reopening plan despite increasing coronavirus infection rates and the threat of a backslide into the state’s most restrictive tier.