BREAKING: Shelter-in-place order extended until May 3

Tara Kapoor, Senior Staff Writer

The current shelter-in-place order will extend until May 3 for Santa Clara County to continue preventing the spread of COVID-19, according to an order released by the county Department of Public Health this afternoon.

The updated order, effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 31, continues the prohibition of non-essential travel and includes all previous social-distancing protocols as well as the following new limitations:

  • Use of playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, and similar recreational areas is prohibited. These areas must be closed to public use.
  • Use of shared public recreational facilities such as golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock walls is prohibited. These facilities must be closed for recreational use. 
  • Sports requiring people to share a ball or other equipment must be limited to people in the same household 
  • Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3
  • Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited 
  • Funerals limited to no more than 10 people attending 
  • Essential businesses expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, realtors, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and rideshare services that specifically enable essential activities 
  • Essential businesses that continue to operate facilities must scale down operations to their essential component only

The full press release can be found here.

Featured Photo by Madeleine Kelly.