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COVID-19 Updates for Santa Clara County

Latest news for our community.
October 10, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

Earlier this week, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Officer issued a Revised Risk Reduction Order, which will go into effect when the County moves into the State’s Tier 3 (the Orange Tier).  Under the Revised Risk Reduction Order, all businesses in the County will be allowed to operate so long as the State order allows them to operate, including indoor dining and indoor gatherings.

Santa Clara County is currently in the State of California’s Red Tier (Tier 2). If current trends continue, the State could assign the County to the less restrictive Orange Tier as early as October 14. 

The fact that an activity is allowed does not mean it is safe.  COVID-19 continues to pose a serious risk to our residents.  This is why we urge all residents to be cautious, stay home when possible, minimize interaction with anyone outside their household, maintain social distance, wear a face covering, and move activities outdoors when possible.

For more information about the State framework, visit

For more information on the local public health order and directives, please visit


What else is new?

When the County moves to the Orange Tier, indoor dining will be allowed at a reduced capacity (25% capacity or 100 persons, whichever is fewer).

Indoor dining is still a high-risk activity, and is especially discouraged for people who are at high risk for serious illness.
When the County moves into the Orange Tier, new rules will allow both outdoor gatherings (up to 200 people) and indoor gatherings (up to 25% of capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer).

Gathering with people outside of your own household is still a high-risk activity, especially indoors.
Business owners, we have guidance and resources available to you to help prepare for the upcoming changes and to open safely.

Visit our business website at

Changes to Expect in Santa Clara County at the Orange Risk Level (Tier 3)

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County of Santa Clara Public Health Department
976 Lenzen Avenue, 2nd Floor | San Jose, CA 95126

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