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Dear Downtown Businesses:

Green light.  Red light.  Green light.  RED LIGHT.

Here's an updated message from the County of Santa Clara, sent late this afternoon.  Outdoor dining is still OK, but fitness centers, salons, barbershops, nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors will close again after business Tuesday, by order of the State.  The new order comes as a result of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Our safety is most essential during these turbulent times.  Please abide by wearing masks, washing hands, don't touch your face, and keeping your distance.  Shelter in place as much as possible.


Here's the County's message from this afternoon:

"As you may have heard, today the Governor announced a new state order that will have a significant impact on several sectors that were currently open or slated to open today in Santa Clara County.  Please see below for a statement that was just released by our Public Health Department related to the State’s announcement.    
 
"Statement of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department regarding the Governor’s announcement:
 
"Today, the Governor took bold statewide action to respond to the rapid and troubling growth of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across California.  Reducing transmission statewide is critical to controlling the pandemic.  According to the State’s website (covid19.ca.gov):
 
"Effective immediately, California closes some indoor business operations statewide and additional indoor operations in counties on Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days (which is the case for Santa Clara County).  Statewide indoor closures include restaurants, bars and breweries, wineries & tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms.

"County indoor closures include fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls. County closures apply to counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days.

 
"The County of Santa Clara was added to the State’s monitoring list on Sunday July 12, 2020.  In light of the Governor’s announcement, the County sought clarification on the effect of today’s announcement in our County.  The State confirmed this afternoon that it will require sectors closed for indoor operations in counties on the monitoring list to close in Santa Clara County effective Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.  We wanted to share this information with businesses and residents as soon as possible.  The chart below provides information on the industries being closed statewide and in our County, as well as the effective date of the closure:
 
Industry Closed for Indoor Operations Date of Closure
Restaurants Closed statewide effective July 13th
Wineries and tasting rooms Closed statewide effective July 13th
Movie theaters Closed statewide effective July 13th
Cardrooms Closed statewide effective July 13th
Family entertainment centers Closed statewide effective July 13th
Zoos and museums Closed statewide effective July 13th
Bars, breweries, and pubs (indoor and outdoor) Closed statewide effective July 13th
Worship services Closed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Protests Closed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Fitness centers Closed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Offices in nonessential sectors Closed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Personal care services, e.g. nail salons, body waxing, tattoo parlors Closed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Hair salons and barbershops Closed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
Shopping malls Closed in Santa Clara County effective July 15th
 
"All businesses in the community must follow this directive from the State.  All businesses, including those operating solely outdoors, must also continue to follow the requirements of the local order, including by creating and posting a Social Distancing Protocol.  We will provide additional information to the community as soon as it becomes available. 
 
" 'The fight against COVID-19 is unfortunately far from over, but our residents and businesses have shown how we can collectively make an extraordinary difference in saving lives and safeguarding our community,' said County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody.  'We strongly urge everyone to rigorously and consistently follow the State and local health orders.' "
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