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Childcare, outdoor dining, and in-store retail allowed in new Santa Clara County order

Shelter in place and social distancing provisions continue to be lifted by authorities in Santa Clara County…

As of this coming Friday, June 5, in-store retail will be back, outdoor dining will return, manufacturing will return to 100% capacity, and small service businesses will reopen their doors. In addition, childcare and summer programs will go back into effect, while within restrictions, religious, cultural, and civic gatherings will be able to resume, as well. Here is the list of what will be allowed again as of June 5:

  • outdoor dining 
  • in-store retail shopping 
  • whichever manufacturing, warehousing, & logistics activities weren’t already restarted by May 22
  • house-cleaning & other in-home services, so long as they do not involve personal contact 
  • low-to-no contact services such as shoe & watch repair
  • pet grooming (irregardless of medical necessity)
  • childcare, summer school, & summer camp
  • religious, cultural, & civic gatherings protected by the U.S. constitution, capped at 25 attendees per
  • outdoor recreational activities, so long as they can be carried out with social distancing (i.e., hiking, golf, swimming, tennis)
  • drive-in movie theaters


These measures come on the heels of a decreased COVID-19 positivity rate throughout the county, along with data showing a low rate of hospitalization (and both the lowering positivity rate and stable hospitalization rate extend to higher-risk segments of the population). In addition, the county’s ability to investigate disease cases and carry out contact tracing has been quickly on the rise, surpassing the extent to which it is presently required.

To read the full order and get more information, go here.

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He has won awards for journalism (CA Journalism Award) and screenwriting (Fade In Award), and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). From 2020 to 2024, he co-hosted the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio.


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