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Proclamation of Local Emergency and Updated Shelter in Place Directive - May 18, 2020

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.  On March 31, 2020, Public Health issued another order superseding and extending the shelter at home requirement through May 3, as well as clarifying and strengthening certain terms of the prior shelter order.  The entire March 31st order can be viewed here.  

On April 29, 2020, County Public Health extended the Shelter In Place Order through May 31, 2020 with some eased restrictions while efforts to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place.  All construction activities, certain businesses that operate primarily outdoors, and some outdoor activities will be allowed to resume with specific conditions.  The entire updated order can be viewed here.  The Bay Area Health Officers’ indicators for assessing progress on containing COVID-19 can be viewed here.

As a result, all Town Departments (excluding public safety and certain development services) are closed through until further notice.

On May 18, 2020, County Public Health announced amendments to the current Shelter in Place Order to allow some businesses to resume operating, with modifications based on significant progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19.  Under the new order, retailers in the County will be allowed to open for curbside/outdoor pickup, and the supply chain for those retail establishments will also be allowed to reopen.  The amended order also allows additional outdoor activities to resume, including car parades, outdoor museums, historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens.  These businesses and activities will be allowed to resume operation on Friday, May 22, 2020, with social distancing protocols in place to ensure the safety of workers and customers.  

For more information on Public Health guidance and other important information regarding COVID-19, please visit the County Public Health website, which is updated daily and allows the public to ask questions and receive responses.  A person’s risk for COVID-19 is not related to race, ethnicity, or culture.

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