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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Proclamation of Local Emergency, Shelter in Place Directive, and Town Public Service Update

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.

On March 17, 2020, the Town Council ratified the Proclamation of Local Emergency (see the enabling Resolution here).  

These are important steps in the Town’s efforts to prepare and coordinate emergency resources for the Los Gatos community. 

On March 16, 2020, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department ordered all individuals living in the County to shelter in place with allowances for food shopping, medical care, and other basic needs.  On March 31, 2020, Public Health issued another order superseding and extending the shelter at home requirement through May 3, as well as clarifying and strengthening certain terms of the prior shelter order.  The entire updated order can be viewed here. A short, one page summary of the order can be viewed here.  A more in-depth, eight page executive summary of the order can be viewed here.  As a result, all Town Departments (excluding public safety) are closed through May 3, 2020.

For more information on Public Health guidance and other important information regarding COVID-19, please visit the County Public Health website, which is updated daily and now allows the public to ask questions and receive responses.  A person’s risk for COVID-19 is not related to race, ethnicity, or culture. 

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