January 9, 2021: In a statement issued by the California Department of Public Health, the State has extended its Regional Stay at Home Order, which was originally set to expire on January 8, due to the region’s ICU bed capacity remaining below 15%. All current restrictions will remain in place until the Bay Area’s four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%. The Bay Area’s current ICU capacity is 3%.
In Santa Clara County, the current ICU Bed Capacity, including surge capacity ICU beds, is 6%. With the current surge of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations, the County expects to be under the restrictions of this State order for some time. It is more critical than ever to stay at home, wear a mask if you must leave home for essential activities, and keep a distance from those outside your households.
December 4, 2020:
Santa Clara County will implement the State's Regional Stay At Home Order effective 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, 2020. This action, in conjunction with the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, as well as the City of Berkeley, will help stop the surge of COVID-19 and prevent overwhelming regional Intensive Care Unit(ICU) bed capacity. Lack of ICU capacity means that you and your loved ones may not receive the care you need if you fall seriously ill—with COVID or something else.
The Stay Home Order
- Instructs everyone to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread
- Allows access to (and travel for) critical services
- Allows outdoor activities to preserve physical and mental health
The Order requires the following sectors to close:
- Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
- Indoor recreational facilities
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Personal care services
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums
- Movie theaters
- Bars, breweries, and distilleries
- Family entertainment centers
- Cardrooms and satellite wagering
- Limited services
- Live audience sports
- Amusement parks
Additionally, the following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:
- Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
- Retail (including grocery stores): Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
- Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
- Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
- Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
- Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
- Entertainment production including professional sports: NOT ALLOWED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY
The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:
- Critical infrastructure
- Non-urgent medical and dental care
- Childcare and pre-K
We all must do our part. Stay home! Save Lives!
November 19, 2020: In light of the unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement, and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the Purple Tier. The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in Purple Tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.
November 17, 2020: Citing concerns regarding a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the State of California moved Santa Clara County directly into the most restrictive Purple Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Under the State’s Blueprint, the Purple Tier indicates that the risk of community transmission in the county is widespread.