A statewide Stay at Home order is in effect until further notice. For local updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak , visit

The County of Santa Clara is experiencing an increasing number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases, or COVID-19. We continue to carry out our City’s unprecedented response to this outbreak, which includes actively monitoring the resources available to impacted businesses and workers. 

Below are a number of resources for employers and employees related to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Business Resources

Updated as of 3/31/2020

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Private Enterprise

County's Order and Essential Business

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.


Under the new County of Santa Clara order that's now 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). 

About Grocery Stores, Farmers Markets and Other Food Retailers

In accordance with the new March 31, 2020 order, the County of Santa Clara stated that 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.

When visiting these places, the public must help the retailer maintain Social Distancing Requirements, including while people are shopping and standing in line.

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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