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Bay Area Shelter in Place Order Updates: Effective June 5, 2020 in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County, along with four other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley, announced on June 1, 2020 a further easing of the shelter-in-place order.  The various counties have different dates the modified order goes into effect.  The Santa Clara updated Order will go into effect at 12:01 am on Friday, June 5, 2020.  The updated Order modifies the current order, which went into effect on May 22, 2020.

Changes Under Updated Order

The June 5 Order allows several new categories of businesses and activities to reopen, subject to specific conditions and limitations. It also keeps key restrictions in place, requiring people to stay in their homes except when engaging in certain essential or allowed activities. There has been no change to the Social Distancing Protocol businesses are required to implement under the Order. The new activities and businesses allowed to reopen under the updated Order are referred to as “Additional Activities” and “Additional Businesses” and are explained in Appendices C-1 and C-2 to the Order.

Additional Businesses

  • Outdoor dining at restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, subject to imitations/social distancing.
  • Retail and shopping centers for in-store shopping, subject to limitations/social distancing.
  • Childcare, summer camps, summer school, and all other educational or recreational programs for all children, in stable groups of up to 12 children.
  • All manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics, subject to limitations/social distancing
  • House cleaning and other no-contact in-home services.
  • Low contact/no contact service businesses such as shoe repair, watch repair, and other similar services, subject to limitations/social distancing.
  • All pet grooming.

Additional Activities

  • Outdoor small ceremonies and religious services, in groups no larger than 25.
  • All outdoor recreational activities that do not involve physical contact, with social distancing, including swimming pools, hiking, tennis, golf, etc.
  • Camping, subject to limitations/social distancing.
  • Drive-in Theaters and other car-based gatherings.

Changes to Construction Project Safety Protocols

The Construction Project Safety Protocol in Appendix B-1 and B-2 have changed as follows:

  • The threshold for an essential infrastructure project subject to the Large Construction Project Safety Protocol has changed from five workers to 20 workers. All essential infrastructure projects with less than 20 workers present at the jobsite at any one time are now subject to the Small Construction Project Safety Protocol in Appendix B-1.
  • Appendix B-1 now specifies that specified steps must be taken if a worker at a construction site tests positive for COVID-19, and both appendices now state that COVID-19 cases associated with construction must be immediately reported to the County Public Health Department by both telephone and by email.

If you have questions about this new order, please contact Ghazaleh Modarresi, Attorney at Berliner Cohen, LLP at or (408) 286-5800.

For more resources, visit our Covid-19 Resource Page and view our recent webinar Reopening the Workplace