Dear Saratoga Community Member,
The Public Health Officers of 7 Bay Area jurisdictions, including Santa Clara County, announced a legal order directing residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17. This is a bold, unified step to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve critical health care capacity across the region.
Residents may only leave their homes for activities essential to health and safety, including going to doctor appointments, getting groceries and supplies, and providing essential business services. Social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained while performing essential activities as well as while outdoors, including walks and exercise. All public or private gatherings occurring outside a household are prohibited, along with all non-essential travel.
All businesses must cease operations, except for essential businesses which are encouraged to stay open. Essential businesses include health care operations, food retailers, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, childcare facilities, and others deemed necessary for safety, sanitation, and the essential operations of a household. Restaurants can only serve food for delivery or carry out. All of these businesses must comply with social distancing requirements. A full list of essential businesses is available on the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website.
As a result, the following updates have been made to City of Saratoga services:
- City Hall is now closed through at least April 7.
- Non-essential City Council and Commission meetings and City events will be canceled.
- Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department services will continue. In the event of an emergency or if you need immediate assistance, call 9-1-1.
- Garbage and recycling collection will continue.
- All previously scheduled inspections will occur.
- No new tree removal permits, building permits, or unscheduled inspections will be granted, unless they are deemed essential for health or safety reasons.
- Parks, streets, maintenance, and code compliance requests can be submitted to www.saratoga.ca.us/fixit. They will be reviewed to determine if they are essential for health or safety reasons.
- Fallen trees, landslides, and flooding on roads and public property can be reported to County Communications at 408.299.2507.
- No park maintenance, business license, facility rental, median banner program, or new planning services will occur. Existing planning applications will continue to be reviewed.
- Information on County services, including libraries and Vector Control, can be found on the County of Santa Clara website.