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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.

Evelyn Chua for City Council 2020 FPPC #1425324

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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