Santa Clara County to allow outdoor dining, in-store shopping, summer camps, manufacturing – Palo Alto Daily Post


Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr Sara Cody speaks at a press conference on Jan.31. Photo AP.

By the staff of the Daily Post

Santa Clara County health worker Dr Sara Cody has issued a new coronavirus health ordinance that allows in-store purchases, outdoor restaurants and summer camps starting Friday, June 5.

Criticism of Cody’s strict orders had increased in recent weeks. Santa Clara County has lagged behind other counties in reopening the economy.

Its announcement today (June 1) coincides with Palo Alto’s desire to allow restaurants to expand their outdoor seating to parts of University and California Avenues. His order goes into effect Friday and the city hopes to close the streets by then.

Cody’s new order authorizes the following companies:

  • Al fresco dining at restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, subject to restrictions / social distancing
  • Retail and shopping centers for in-store purchases, subject to limitations / social distancing
  • Childcare, summer camps, summer school and all other educational or recreational programs for all children, in stable groups of up to 12 children
  • All manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, subject to limitations / social distancing
  • Housekeeping and other contactless home services
  • Low contact / contactless service businesses such as shoe repair, watch repair and other similar services subject to limitations / social distancing
  • All animal grooming

Additional activities permitted:

  • Small outdoor ceremonies and religious services, in groups of no more than 25
  • All outdoor recreational activities that do not involve physical contact, with social distancing, including swimming, hiking, tennis, golf, etc.
  • Camping, subject to limitations / social distancing
  • Drive-ins and other gatherings by car

Dr Cody has been the target of criticism from residents writing to the letters section of the Daily Post.

“I ask Dr. Cody this question: How many people in Santa Clara County have died from suicide and suicide attempts in the past two months compared to the same time a year ago and a typical year?” Max Pelletier from Palo Alto wrote.

Jeff Truskey of Palo Alto wrote: “As even the Associated Press wrote, ‘For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that go away within two to three weeks… ‘The consequences of quitting for “most people” are much worse than the virus. It’s time for Santa Clara County politicians to seek a second opinion or they’ll have to face what unelected health officials aren’t doing – voters! “

Bill Hough of Los Altos wrote: “We have reached the point where there is more harm in continuous shutdown than there is risk of the virus. While the initial restrictions were helpful, it’s clearly time to start discussions on how we start to ease virus restrictions and get people back to work. “

Some readers are angry that the county has extended the shutdown beyond the three weeks originally suggested in March.

“Dr. Sara Cody and the rest of our government overseers want to move the goalposts even more to end the shelter-in-place order under the guise of protecting us from ourselves. They are using manipulated data to respond to their concerns. Draconian lockdown program, “wrote Ken Rado of San Carlos.” If you are at risk or want to continue with home confinement, stay home. But I believe the silent majority want our government overlords to leave us continue our life. “


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