(Updated 2 p.m. 5/18/20) Good Afternoon Los Gatos. It must have worked!

 Just now, Santa Clara County announced an amendment to its Shelter in Place Order to allow limited re-openings in conformance with those occurring in our neighboring counties. The press release reproduced in part below, takes effect this Friday and credits the “steadfast commitment of our residents” to best health and safety practices for this welcome change.

 Way to go Los Gatos – and keep up the great work!

 It takes a Town.

 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 requirements.

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.

(Original Message 5/18/20) Good morning Los Gatos. Now comes the hardest – and many would argue the most unreasonable – part. This morning as we wake up to our neighbors in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties cracking the door open just a little, in Santa Clara County it remains shut. It is absolutely reasonable to ask why. What is it that makes our county unique? As Dr. Sara Cody herself said in a call with elected officials last week, we have “smashed the curve,” our hospitals have plenty of capacity and we have the ability to protect our healthcare workers. Why then, should our county, and more particularly the business owners and residents of Los Gatos, bear the risk of the reopening occurring all around us without sharing in the benefits, however small? These are precisely the kinds of questions the Town has posed to County leaders in the past week as we look for opportunities for transitioning to an easing of the Shelter in Place Order. Thus far, unfortunately, we have received no concrete answers.

In arguing for a continuation of the SIP while “inching forward” to possible changes, County Health Officers have previously cited the need for increased testing capacity, for the ability to perform contact tracing, to isolate persons as necessary to break the chain of transmission, and have pointed out that as of yet, a vaccine remains unavailable. There is no question but that these are valid concerns. But to residents suffering from what Alameda County’s Public Health Officer referred to as “intervention fatigue,” they offer little to work toward. Still, continuing to practice all of the preventive and protective measures that have become second nature to us by now remains the best possible path toward an easing of restrictions at the end of May.

Please know that the Town is doing what it can. In addition to reaching out to regional partners, we have been working hard to develop and envision plans for our own re-opening and recovery. We have been busy imagining and creating new and innovative events adapted to our “new normal” with the invaluable help of community members who have jumped in to offer ideas ranging from options for dining while Social Distancing to “alternative” ways to recognize all of our Town graduates. Under active consideration now is the potential to re-purpose Town properties as attractive, traffic-free spaces available for use by local residents and businesses alike – such as Grays Lane – which the Council recently approved closing for the summer to become our first public “Pop-up Park.” We look forward to discussing similar ideas at a Special Town Council meeting focused on economic recovery scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th.

 These past months have been hard on all of us, but still there is much to celebrate. It is a lot to ask, I know, for your continued patience. But I have watched all of you come together to support each other, to be creative and innovative in carving out a new normal, to be resilient, to be diligent in staying informed, and to be continually responsible and responsive in adhering to the best practices available to allow us to come out safe and healthy on the other side. This is an extraordinary community, and each day I feel more privileged and honored to be a part of it.

Welcome to summer. It will be different, but Los Gatos has never been a community to back away from a challenge. I invite all of you to make this summer a special one. Let’s recover and re-imagine together, as we have always done.

It takes a Town.

Marcia Jensen
Los Gatos Mayor
May 18, 2020

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    On March 12, 2020, Town Manager and Director of Emergency Services Laurel Prevetti, issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic and its spread in the Santa Clara County community. Read on...
  2. Town of Los Gatos FY 20/21 Proposed Operating and Capital Improvement Plan Budgets Released

    The Town is pleased to present a balanced Fiscal Year (FY) 2020/21 Proposed Operating Budget for the Town of Los Gatos. Read on...
  3. Town Council Special Meeting - May 26, 2020

    On Tuesday, May 26, the Mayor has scheduled a Special Town Council Meeting to consider options for supporting the business community and promoting Community Vitality in Los Gatos. Read on...
  4. COVID-19 Testing

    Testing for COVID-19 is accessible and widely available in Santa Clara County. Read on...
  5. Town Introduces New Online Permitting Services

    The Town proudly introduces a new Online Permitting System. We can accept, review, and provide feedback for permits submitted online. Read on...
  6. Los Gatos Tennis Courts Opening Friday, May 15, 2020 with COVID-19 Guidelines

    Town of Los Gatos tennis courts will re-open beginning Friday, May 15, 2020, with the following guidelines in place per Santa Clara County Health Department orders: Read on...
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Business Assistance ResourcesCA Governors Office of Business and Economic Development

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has compiled a resource page for our state’s business stakeholders at https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/.

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