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Santa Clara County Returns to Purple Tier of COVID-19 restrictions as of Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

Santa Clara County Moving into State’s Purple Tier as COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise Locally

Public health officials urge residents to cancel holiday travel plans and exercise caution in interactions outside of their immediate household

Santa Clara County, CA – Citing concerns regarding a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the State of California announced today that Santa Clara County is moving directly into the most restrictive Purple Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This change will take effect tomorrow, November 17, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. Under the State’s Blueprint, the Purple Tier indicates that the risk of community transmission in the county is widespread.

The State’s website includes information regarding the Purple Tier and its impact on businesses and activities. Impacts include the closure of indoor dining, which was already planned in Santa Clara County for November 17, 2020, as well as the closure of all indoor activities associated with gyms, museums, zoos and aquariums, places of worship, and movie theaters. Shopping malls and all retail establishments must reduce to a maximum of 25 percent capacity.

“Today’s announcement from the State reflects that we appear to be heading into the worst phase of the pandemic to date,” said Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. “Rapidly rising cases and hospitalizations should serve as a wake-up call for our entire community. We ask every resident to do everything they can to slow the spread of transmission in our community, protect our most vulnerable residents, and save lives.”

Daily cases have doubled in the last ten days in the State of California, which is the fastest increase that California has seen since the beginning of the pandemic. Santa Clara County is among 41 California counties that are now in the Purple Tier of the State’s Blueprint. Given the alarming rise in cases and hospitalizations, the County of Santa Clara strongly urges residents to refrain from all travel, including over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, to gather with persons outside of their household only outdoors, and to limit interactions with persons outside of their immediate household.
Santa Clara County was preparing to return to the Red Tier of COVID restrictions, California Gov. Newsom announced that along with the majority of California counties, Santa Clara County would be required to go back to the restrictions of the most severe tier – Purple. This measure is being taken to restrict the spread of the virus.

Read the County’s news release here.

The State’s guidance for Purple Tier operations provides detailed information on the restrictions, but key specifics that Santa Clara officials mentioned in a press conference on Nov. 16 include:
 No indoor dining allowed
 No indoor gatherings
 No bar operations indoors, and outdoors only with food service
 No indoor museums, zoos, etc.
 Retail allowed indoors with restriction to 25% capacity
 Personal care services allowed indoors, guidance applies

Specifics on the State-mandated restrictions under the Purple Tier can be found on the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy .

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