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Dear Downtown Businesses:

Good day.  We're sharing an important message from the Office of the County Executive, Santa Clara County:

"The California Department of Public Health accepted Santa Clara County's variance attestation, and the County’s new Risk Reduction Order goes into effect today. However, before any business can operate under this new Order, they must submit updated Social Distancing Protocols at  See the press release on this subject. 

"Helpful information can be found at a new business resource page at Public Health staff will be available by phone to support businesses in creating their protocols at the COVID-19 Business Call Center at (408) 961-5500. 
"The Order includes several sector-specific mandatory directives relating to ConstructionPersonal Care ServicesOutdoor DiningFood FacilitiesOutdoor PoolsGyms and Fitness CentersGatheringsRecreational and Athletic ActivitiesLodging Facilities (Including Hotels and Motels)Public Transit; and Agriculture. The sector-specific directive for Childcare, Summer Camps, and Children’s Activities is coming soon. A list and links to all of the directives can be found here.  
"Please note:  The directive for Gatherings has been updated in light of the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization. The original order would have allowed indoor gatherings of up to 20. However, the new directive on gatherings prohibits all indoor gatherings. The order still allows outdoor gatherings of up to 60 people, following social distancing guidelines.
"Our County is at a critical moment.  Right now, the numbers we are seeing are going in the wrong direction.  Hospitalizations have been climbing each day.  Cases are on the rise as well. In the last two weeks, nearly 2,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. More data can be found through the Public Health Department’s Data Dashboards.
"This virus will be with us for quite some time, and we must change the way we live and do business to prevent us from infecting one another.  Personal responsibility for making choices that minimize risk for self and community will be critical to Santa Clara County’s ability to keep our community safe. The safest thing for all of us to do continues to be staying at home and minimizing interactions with people outside our own households as much as possible. Residents age 70 and older, as well as other vulnerable individuals, should only go out for essential needs. Going forward, residents should follow these core principals to minimize the risk to themselves and others:
• Outdoors are generally safer than indoors.
• The greater the distance one can put between themselves and others the better.
• Interact in person with as few people and for as short a length of time as possible.
• Consistent use of face coverings must become the new normal.
"The new Risk Reduction Order, mandatory directives for business sectors and activities, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. "
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