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Last content update: 12/31/2020

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UPDATE: On December 3, 2020, the State issued a new Regional Stay at Home Order that creates five Regions within California and imposes tight restrictions on any Region in which ICU capacity drops below 15%. The Bay Area Health Officers have decided to implement the new restrictions immediately. This decision was based on the recent and alarming increase in the number of Bay Area residents contracting COVID-19, the number of patients hospitalized and in the ICU with COVID-19, and the need to take steps to slow the surge before hospital capacity is completely overwhelmed.

In Santa Clara County, the new State restrictions were issued through the new Mandatory Directive for Implementing State’s Regional Stay at Home OrderThis Directive shall remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on the day after the California Department of Public Health announces that the County is no longer subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order, unless the County Health Officer modifies or extends it.

As always, Santa Clara County residents and businesses must follow both the State and County Health Officer Orders, and where there is a conflict between the two, the stricter Order must be followed.

The following documents can be reviewed for further information on the Revised Order.

The following documents are the Mandatory Health Officer Directives that specify requirements for businesses and activities:

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Testing Order Issued September 16, 2020:  The Health Officer issued an amended Order regarding Testing on September 16, 2020. This new order enhances testing access by expanding the number of Essential Workers entitled to testing, makes sure access to testing is easy and quick, and ensures that healthcare providers inform their patients about how to access testing. This Order will go into effect on September 25, 2020.

New Order Issued September 4, 2020:  The Health Officer issued a new Order regarding influenza vaccinations on September 4, 2020. This Order will go into effect on September 8, 2020.

New Order Issued January 7, 2021:  The Health Officer issued a new Order regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Information and Plans. This Order will go into effect on January 7, 2021.

  • Health Officer COVID-19 Vaccination Order (PDF): | English​ |

Public health Orders are legal orders issued under the authority of California law. Learn more about the enforcement of County and State Public Health Orders​. Violations of these orders are punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.  ​

 

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Executive Summary of Changes Effective December 6, 2020  NEW - PDF English

On December 3, 2020, the State issued a new Regional Stay at Home Order that creates five Regions within California and imposes tight restrictions on any Region in which ICU capacity drops below 15%.  The County Health Officer, along with several other Bay Area jurisdictions, has decided to implement the new restrictions immediately. This decision was based on the recent and alarming increase in the number of Bay Area residents contracting COVID-19, the number of patients hospitalized and in the ICU with COVID-19, and the need to take steps to slow the surge before hospital capacity is completely overwhelmed.

In Santa Clara County, the new State restrictions were issued through the new Mandatory Directive for Implementing State’s Regional Stay at Home Order. This Directive shall remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on the day after the California Department of Public Health announces that the County is no longer subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order, unless the County Health Officer modifies or extends it.

The County’s Mandatory Directive on Capacity Limitations has been updated to reflect current capacity limitations for businesses, entities, and activities under the new Regional Stay at Home Order restrictions. In addition, updates were made to the Mandatory Directives for GatheringsPersonal Care Services, and Dining.

As always, Santa Clara County residents and businesses must follow both the State and County Health Officer Orders, and where there is a conflict between the two, the stricter rules must be followed.


Below are key rules under the Revised Risk Reduction Order, which remains in effect:

Consistency with State’s Blueprint and Regional Stay at Home Order:  Unless otherwise specified in the County’s Order or Mandatory Directives, businesses are allowed to open to the extent allowed under the State’s Blueprint and the restrictions applicable to the tier to which the County is assigned, as well as the Regional Stay at Home Order.

Requirements Applicable to All Businesses:  The Revised Order continues to require that all businesses follow a set of rules to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, including:

  1. Telework: All businesses must continue to require workers to do their jobs from home whenever possible.  Workers can go into work only to complete the job duties they can’t complete from home.
  2. Social Distancing Protocol requirements: All businesses must complete and submit a Revised Social Distancing Protocol for each of their facilities on the County’s website at COVID19Prepared.org.  Social Distancing Protocols submitted prior to October 11, 2020 are no longer valid.  The Revised Social Distancing Protocols must be filled out using an updated template for the Social Distancing Protocol at COVID19Prepared.org.
  3. Positive case reporting: All businesses (and governmental entities) are legally required to report to the Public Health Department within 4 hours if they learn that any of their workers are confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. They must also ensure workers alert them if they test positive.
  4. Capacity Limitation: All businesses must comply with applicable capacity limitations established in the Mandatory Directive on Capacity Limitations.

 

 

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Last updated: 1/16/2021 6:46 PM