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    May 18, 2020
    For Immediate Release
    May 18, 2020

    County of Santa Clara Emergency Operations Center/Public Health Department 
    (408) 808-7863

    County of Santa Clara Announces Amended Health
    Officer Order Allowing Retail Business to

    Open for Curbside Pick-Up

    The amended order also allows manufacturing, logistics, and warehouses
    supporting retail to reopen subject to social distancing protocols and related

    Santa Clara County, CA — County of Santa Clara Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody
    announced amendments to the current Shelter in Place Order to allow some
    businesses to resume operating, with modifications based on significant progress
    in controlling the spread of COVID-19. In a joint statement issued this morning, Dr.
    Cody and fellow Bay Area health officers acknowledged “the steadfast commitment
    of our residents to stay home, practice social distancing, and follow public health
    guidance,” which has resulted in “sustained progress on several key indicators
    regarding containment of COVID-19. This has remained true a full incubation
    period after the reopening of construction, outdoor businesses, and certain outdoor
    activities on May 4, 2020.” It is because of these efforts by county residents that
    additional businesses can now open, and other activities can resume.
    Under the new order, retailers in the county will be allowed to open for
    curbside/outdoor pickup, and the supply chain for those retail establishments will
    also be allowed to reopen. The amended order also allows additional outdoor
    activities to resume, including car parades, outdoor museums, historical sites, and
    publicly accessible gardens. These businesses and activities will be allowed to
    resume operation on Friday, May 22, 2020, with social distancing protocols in
    place to ensure the safety of workers and customers.

    “In collaboration with local and regional partners, we are taking measured steps to
    enable businesses and activities to reopen safely,” said County Health Officer Dr.
    Sara Cody. “We will continue to closely monitor each of the indicators, as well as
    other data, to assess how COVID-19 is circulating in our community. These data
    about the health and safety of residents will guide us as we gradually reopen more
    activities without eroding the significant progress we have made to date.”
    Today’s announcement builds on the April 29, 2020 amendment to the Order,
    which allowed construction and outdoor businesses to resume operation with
    health and safety precautions in place. The new order updates the health and
    safety protocols that all businesses are required to follow if open.
    “We recognize that COVID-19 and the measures taken to prevent its spread have
    profoundly disrupted the lives of all members of our community,” said Dr. Cody.
    “We share the sense of urgency, and will reopen activities as soon as they can
    appropriately resume.”

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