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Santa Clara County issues revised order, prepares to allow limited indoor dining

The County today put out a Revised Risk Reduction Order, meaning we’re likely to be downgraded from the State’s Red Tier category to an Orange Tier. This means indoor dining and indoor gatherings might resume, presuming the State of California allows it. It also means all businesses throughout Santa Clara County might be able to resume operations.

Whether or not the State permits the shift will depend upon our disease numbers remaining stable, yet we could see ourselves landing at Orange as soon as October 13.

This potential development is attributable to widespread and consistent mask-wearing, hand-washing, and social distancing, along with improving and more predictable medical care.

This does not mean the coronavirus pandemic is ending. Experts posit that for that to happen, a widely available vaccine will have to be administered. Said County officials in a press release, “We urge all residents to be cautious, stay home when possible, minimize interaction with anyone outside their household, maintain social distance, wear a face covering, and move activities outdoors when possible.”

Here’s what would be allowed in Santa Clara County, once we move from Red to Orange: 


—Outdoor gatherings of up to 200 people 


—Indoor gatherings of up to 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever’s lower)


—Indoor dining up to 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever’s lower)


The County is currently adjusting to prepare for the shift, though again, the ultimate decision will rest upon the State.



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). He co-hosts the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio. In 2023, Eric founded the Psychic Arts Center, dedicated to exploring psychic phenomena and assisting people through psychic readings.


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