Proclamation of Local Emergency and
Santa Clara County Shelter In Place Directive

On March 12, 2020, Town Manager and Director of Emergency Services, Laurel Prevetti, issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic and its spread in the Santa Clara County community. On March 17, 2020, the Town Council ratified the Proclamation of Local Emergency (see the enabling Resolution here).  On May 5, 2020, the Council discussed the continuation of the Emergency Proclamation. 

These are important steps in the Town’s efforts to prepare and coordinate emergency resources for the Los Gatos community.

On March 16, 2020, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department ordered all individuals living in the County to shelter in place with allowances for food shopping, medical care, and other basic needs.  Subsequent additional Orders were issued on March 31, 2020April 29, 2020May 18, 2020June 1, 2020July 2, 2020, October 5, 2020, November 28, 2020December 4, 2020, May 18, 2021, June 21, 2021 and August 2, 2021.

For more information on local guidance, visit the Santa Clara County Public Health website

Please see the Town Department Updates page for details on Town services.

A person’s risk for COVID-19 is not related to race, ethnicity, or culture. 

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State of California and County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Guidelines 

On June 11, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom took executive action to terminate the state’s stay-at-home order and tiered Blueprint for Safer Economy. Measures that were included in the blueprint to protect public health, such as physical distancing, capacity limits, and the county tier system, terminated on June 15.

The Governor issued an executive order to begin the “winding down” of the 58 executive orders that have been implemented since the beginning of the pandemic. The provisions will sunset in phases, beginning in June through September. The California Department of Public Health also released a new public health order that went into effect on June 15 and replaces the previous public health orders.

On August 2, 2021 Santa Clara County and seven other Bay Area health officers issued Health Orders requiring masks indoors in public places. The Orders require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions, as of August 3, 2021.  The June 21, 2021 health order includes recommendations to continue to keep the community safe from COVID-19: (1) get vaccinated; (2) continue to emphasize outdoor activities; (3) avoid travel if you’re not fully vaccinated; and (4) continue to regularly test for COVID-19 if you’re not fully vaccinated and, regardless of vaccination status, get immediately tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms. The May 18, 2021 Local Health Order is rescinded, except for those businesses or governmental entities who have not yet completed two rounds of ascertainment of vaccination status of their personnel—a first round for all personnel and a second round for those who did not indicate they were fully vaccinated.  For those entities, once the second round is complete, the May 18th Order does not apply to them either.  All entities must maintain their records of compliance for the duration of the Cal/OSHA regulations. 

For more information on local guidance, please visit the County Public Health website

Santa Clara County Vaccine Information

COVID-19 vaccination is a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. For  Santa Clara County vaccination information, visit

COVID-19 Testing

Testing for COVID-19 is accessible and widely available in Santa Clara County.  Testing is 100% covered by health insurance, safe, confidential, and free.  Testing does not affect immigration status, require a doctor’s note, or require insurance.  

The County has a handy interactive map  that makes it easy to find a testing location nearest to where you live or work.  Visit for more information. 

Concerns About Not Following County COVID-19 Guidelines

If you have concerns about a business, school, or healthcare provider not following Santa Clara County COVID-19 Guidelines, visit the County Health website to report a concern.

Town Council Unanimously Adopts Urgency Ordinance to Place a Moratorium on Residential Evictions

Pursuant to the Town of Los Gatos Municipal Code, California Government Code, Governor of California, and Santa Clara County Public Health Officer, on March 24, 2020, the Town Council unanimously voted to adopt a temporary moratorium on evictions related to income loss due to COVID-19 mitigation measures in order to ensure that individuals can continue to self-isolate.  The Council extended the timeframe for the ordinance on May 5, 2020 and it can be viewed here.

Town Council Unanimously Votes to Donate Additional Funds to 
Local Organizations Assisting Town Residents with Services Due to COVID-19 

The Town’s existing community grant program includes awards to several human services organizations that provide direct services to Los Gatos residents.  At the April 7, 2020 Town Council meeting, the Council unanimously voted to authorize the Town Manager to amend the existing human services grant agreements with West Valley Community Services, Counseling and Support Services for Youth, Next Door Solutions, and Live Oak Senior Nutrition to donate an additional $10,000 to each organization, for a total of $40,000, to assist Town residents with needed services due to COVID-19 and related Public Health Orders. 

West Valley Community Services provides food assistance, supplies, and rental assistance. Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) is providing mental health telehealth services to youth. Next Door Solutions is helping those who have experienced domestic violence. Live Oak Senior Nutrition is serving take out meals to the Los Gatos senior community. The donation is being paid with existing funds in the Operating Budget for FY 2019/20 that can be used at the Council’s discretion.