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Coronavirus Confirmed: Santa Clara County reversing orders and closing businesses

Confirmed: Santa Clara County reversing orders and closing businesses

In a jarring reversal, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a fresh wave of statewide pandemic shutdowns. The move is in response to rapidly accumulating COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout California.

Indoor businesses were shut down, including restaurants (which are still permitted to offer takeout and outdoor dining), bars, breweries, wineries, tasting rooms, zoos, family entertainment centers, card rooms, museums, and movie theaters. 

For Santa Clara County, which went to great pains to reopen a great many businesses today, July 13, this move will see the closure of fitness centers, halls of worship, and non-essential infrastructure centers. Malls shall also be closed. Salons, barbershops, and other personal care services, though their owners were eager to finally open in anticipation of today, will be unable to operate. Additionally, and critically to the nation’s heated political climate, indoor protests will be restricted throughout California, as well. 

Because Santa Clara County was just re-added to the State’s monitoring list yesterday, July 12, the County must ensure that the above-cited closures are made as of 12:01 a.m. on this coming Wednesday, July 15. The monitoring list is a watch list of counties where COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. Some confusion resulted following Newsom’s announcement today as to whether or not Santa Clara was on the list, but County officials were fast to confirm it is, and to provide the following chart for residents’ and business owners’ reference:

 

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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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