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The County of Santa Clara's Shelter-at-Home order remains in effect as some businesses and new activities are allowed to reopen with social distancing protocols and safety requirements in place. For local updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/CoronavirusUpdates.

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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Responsibly

Post Date:05/22/2020 1:00 PM

This weekend is Memorial Day, and as we slowly travel down the road to reopening, the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD) encourages everyone to listen to advice from public health officials and be responsible during these trying times.

To help protect you and your family, SCPD will have officers on patrol over the Memorial Day weekend looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“This Memorial Day weekend will be much different than years before due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Chief of Police Pat Nikolai said. “But when it comes to protecting your family and getting around, it doesn’t mean we have to get complacent. If you plan on drinking, stay at home.”

Pandemic or no pandemic, it is never okay to drive under the influence of alcohol. Remember, a DUI does not just mean alcohol: some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about driving or ”operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a car. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

While the state is relaxing stay-at-home rules, SCPD advises the public to refer to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's most recent Health Order. It continues to restrict most activity, travel and business functions to essential needs and clarifies what activity is allowed to resume. It also restricts gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household, except for limited purposes. As a result, avoid Memorial Day weekend gatherings, practice social distancing measures and wear a mask when in public.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.          

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