Due to State approval, the County of Santa Clara's new public health order will take effect Monday, July 13. For details, visit

In addition to launching the Small Business Assistance Grant Program, the City of Santa Clara has been dedicated to actively monitoring and sharing the latest resources for businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19. 

Below you will find resources available at the local, state and federal levels, as well as information about upcoming informational webinars where you can hear from subject matter experts and ask questions. 

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Updated as of 7/8/20


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County's Order and Essential Business

Latest Update (7/2/2020): On July 2, 2020, the County of Santa Clara announced the end of a phased reopening and the beginning of a new stage that will be stable for some time. The County said the new order will go into effect on July 13 or as soon as State approval is granted, whichever is later. 

From the County: Under the prior order, most businesses and activities in the community had been allowed to reopen. The new order allows other activities to resume, including hair and nail services, gyms, and small gatherings, but only with strict social distancing protocols in place, consistent use of face coverings, and significant capacity limits. It also requires all employers to immediately report cases of COVID-19 tied to their work places to local public health officials

For more information, visit the County Public Health webpage about the new order.

Latest Update (6/29/2020): On Monday, June 29, the County of Santa Clara provided additional resources for businesses seeking workplace information about the current public health order as they navigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Past Updates: (5/18/2020) On May 18, 2020, the County of Santa Clara joined the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and San Francisco and the city of Berkeley, in announcing a revised Shelter-in-Place order which will allow for some reopening of certain sectors. The new order, which goes into effect Friday, May 22, will allow retail establishments to offer storefront and curbside pick-up, along with manufacturing, warehousing and logistical operations that support retail to resume.

(3/31/2020) On March 31, 2020, the County of Santa Clara joined six other Bay Area jurisdictions to extend the previous Stay-at-Home order through May 3, 2020. According to County public health officials, this order extension will help preserve critical hospital capacity across the region. 

The County said the new order clarifies what's permissible for essential business and activities, as well as some new directives, including:

  • Requires essential businesses to develop a social distancing protocol before April 3
  • Most construction—residential and commercial—is prohibited
  • 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

Like the previous local order, the new order requires people to stay at home except for doing essential activities, such as grocery shopping, in six counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara, as well as the city of Berkeley.

Non-essential businesses will remain closed.


(6/5/20) Under the amended order for June 5, 2020, additional businesses may reopen such as outdoor dining, retail, manufacturing, childcare, camps, and other educational or recreational Institutions for children. View the County amended order for more details.

(5/18/2020) Under the revised public health order that goes into effect May 22, 2020, County of Santa Clara officials stress that businesses need to consistently follow social distancing protocols and public health guidance to protect their employees and customers as these activities resume. Per the County’s protocol, all business are required to post signage to educate customers about health and safety requirements. View additional details about the County's amended order.

Past Updates: Under the County of Santa Clara order in effect through May 3, essential businesses are required to post a sanitation and social distancing plan in a public space. Per the County, this document must be made available to employees and law enforcement. See template below.

County of Santa Clara template for businesses to draft a social distancing protocol

English - Social Distancing Protocol
Chinese - Social Distancing Protocol
Spanish - Social Distancing Protocol
Vietnamese - Social Distancing Protocol


View the County of Santa Clara's Recommendations for Business and Workplaces (updated 3/16/2020). 

Grocery Stores, Farmers Markets and Other Food Retailers

In accordance with the March 31, 2020 County of Santa Clara order, grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other food retail establishments selling foods items and non-alcoholic drinks are encouraged to stay open to provide food items and pet supplies to the public.

In Santa Clara County, when visiting these places, the public must wear a face covering and maintain Social Distancing Requirements, including while people are shopping and standing in line.

Support Local Businesses

The Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of businesses who are open during the current shelter-in-place.


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Reporting Non-Essential Businesses

If you believe a non-essential business is violating the County's order, you may report a clear violation by emailing the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office at Also, a voicemail can be left by calling 408-792-2300.

Reporting Non-Essential Business Violations


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