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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Public Health Guidelines - Updated July 2, 2020

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).  On May 5, 2020, the Council discussed the continuation of the Emergency Proclamation.  

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.  Subsequent additional Orders were issued on March 31, 2020, April 29, 2020, May 18, 2020, June 1, 2020 and July 2, 2020. 

The July 2, 2020 Order allows additional activities to resume, including hair and nail services, gyms, and small gatherings, but only with strict social distancing protocols in place, consistent use of face coverings, and significant capacity limits. It also requires all employers to immediately report cases of COVID-19 tied to their work places to local public health officials. The order continues to stress that we are all safest when we stay home, and that people over age 70 and those with serious underlying medical conditions should continue to leave home only for essential needs. A summary of the Order is available here.

The order will go into effect on July 13, or as soon as State approval is granted, whichever is later. Until that time, the current shelter-in-place Order remains in effect. This timeline provides businesses that are not currently open time to prepare to operate safely, train employees to comply with the strict social distancing protocols, and submit to the County the detailed social distancing protocol the Order requires all businesses to have in place.

Requirements for all businesses under the new Order can be viewed here and information about what customers should expect to see in every business can be viewed here.

As a result of the continuing Shelter-in-Place Order, all Town Departments (excluding public safety and certain development services) are closed for in-person services until further notice.  Please see the Town Department Updates page for details on Town services and visit the Town’s COVID-19 webpage for more information.

For more information on Public Health guidance, past Orders, and other important information regarding COVID-19, please visit the County Public Health website, which is updated daily and 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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