Public Health Orders

Order to Shelter at Home

Because of the substantial progress our community has achieved in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the Santa Clara County Health Officer announced an updated Shelter-in-Place Order that allows certain additional businesses and activities to resume, subject to restrictions to reduce transmission risk. 

The Order also makes important changes to the Social Distancing Protocol requirements for all operating businesses. The new order goes into effect on Friday, May 22.  Notable changes include: 

  • Retail stores may reopen for sales, but only for curbside/outside pickup or by delivery. Customers are not allowed to enter these retail stores.
  • The Order allows businesses that support these retail businesses to resume operating, including those that manufacture goods sold at these stores and businesses that provide warehousing and distribution services.
  • The general public may participate in car parades, so long as they ride in cars only with members of their households and do not leave the cars during the parade or stop to gather at a fixed location. Bicycles and motorcycles are not allowed to join car parades.

This is a partial summary of the new order. For full details, visit 

Where there are differences between the local Health Officer’s order and the state’s order, everyone must follow the stricter restrictions. In some areas, the state order is stricter than the local order.

Last Updated: May 19, 2020