COVID-19

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, and May 18, 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. 

State of California 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 also 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, as well as new face coverings guidance to match the CDC’s guidance, lifting California’s mask requirements for vaccinated individuals as of June 15.

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 www.sccfreevax.org

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 www.sccfreetest.org 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.

County of Santa Clara Commercial Eviction Moratorium Extended
Through June 30, 2021

Santa Clara County issued an Ordinance ordering that small businesses located in Los Gatos and across the County renting or leasing real property for commercial, business, income-producing, or otherwise non-residential use, cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent if such business suffered substantial loss of income due to COVID-19. The most current moratorium is NS-9.299, which amends the original County Ordinance NS-9.287.  The small business eviction moratorium is now extended until the earlier of either:

  • The date that Governor Newsom's N-28-20 order expires (currently set to expire on June 30, 2021); or
  • August 18, 2021.

The County’s ordinance relies on U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) definitions of small businesses based on industry. Find detailed information and an FAQ on the Santa Clara County moratorium page. 


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.