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Businesses must submit online form to resume operations under new health order

Also, county updates order to ban indoor gatherings

Joanie's Cafe customers eat at tables spaced out over California Avenue in Palo Alto on June 16. Businesses looking to resume operations under Santa Clara County's new health order are required to submit their social distancing protocols by July 13. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

All businesses planning to resume operations under Santa Clara County's new health order, including those already open, must complete a new online social distancing protocol form. The county is urging businesses to do it before the deadline this Monday, July 13.

Filling out the form will help the county ensure that the necessary steps are enacted to prevent transmission of COVID-19 as much as possible.

The county also changed the new health order, issued on July 2, from allowing indoor gatherings of up to 20, to no indoor gatherings allowed. This comes after the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Outdoor gatherings of up to 60 people will still be allowed in accordance with social distance guidelines.

"The new order was created with harm reduction in mind, understanding that COVID-19 will be with us for a while and we must change the way we live and do business to prevent us from infecting one another," said Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. "While the order allows more businesses and activities to resume, this must be done with care and adherence to the new safety and distancing protocols."

The online form and checklist are essential to operating legally under the new health order. It identifies a person responsible for compliance and confirms the business has proper signage, trains its employees, has an adequate plan in place to protect workers and the public as well as in the event of a positive case in the staff.

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The new order is a risk-reduction plan that is intended to be in place for the next few months.

"The new order and directives for businesses, with strict measures to keep workers and customers safe, is a roadmap through our new normal," said Supervisor Mike Wasserman. "Many businesses have been waiting for months to reopen and want to do so in as safe a manner as possible, these required protocols give them the means to do so."

The new health order will allow most businesses to reopen like hair and nail services, gyms and outdoor gatherings, as long as they adhere to social distance protocol, consistent use of face coverings and significant capacity limits.

The county will have staff at the COVID-19 Business Call Center available over the weekend to help businesses comply with the new requirement and can call at 408-961-5500.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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Businesses must submit online form to resume operations under new health order

Also, county updates order to ban indoor gatherings

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All businesses planning to resume operations under Santa Clara County's new health order, including those already open, must complete a new online social distancing protocol form. The county is urging businesses to do it before the deadline this Monday, July 13.

Filling out the form will help the county ensure that the necessary steps are enacted to prevent transmission of COVID-19 as much as possible.

The county also changed the new health order, issued on July 2, from allowing indoor gatherings of up to 20, to no indoor gatherings allowed. This comes after the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Outdoor gatherings of up to 60 people will still be allowed in accordance with social distance guidelines.

"The new order was created with harm reduction in mind, understanding that COVID-19 will be with us for a while and we must change the way we live and do business to prevent us from infecting one another," said Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. "While the order allows more businesses and activities to resume, this must be done with care and adherence to the new safety and distancing protocols."

The online form and checklist are essential to operating legally under the new health order. It identifies a person responsible for compliance and confirms the business has proper signage, trains its employees, has an adequate plan in place to protect workers and the public as well as in the event of a positive case in the staff.

The new order is a risk-reduction plan that is intended to be in place for the next few months.

"The new order and directives for businesses, with strict measures to keep workers and customers safe, is a roadmap through our new normal," said Supervisor Mike Wasserman. "Many businesses have been waiting for months to reopen and want to do so in as safe a manner as possible, these required protocols give them the means to do so."

The new health order will allow most businesses to reopen like hair and nail services, gyms and outdoor gatherings, as long as they adhere to social distance protocol, consistent use of face coverings and significant capacity limits.

The county will have staff at the COVID-19 Business Call Center available over the weekend to help businesses comply with the new requirement and can call at 408-961-5500.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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The Business Man
Old Mountain View
on Jul 12, 2020 at 12:28 am
The Business Man, Old Mountain View
on Jul 12, 2020 at 12:28 am
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ABOUT TIME:

These businesses have been getting away with making claims that they are protecting the public, but not be accountable for failure to do so.

The new revision includes the following requirements:

“The newest Social Distancing Protocol has new requirements and you must fill out this version even if you previously completed an older version.

What to expect: When you click on the link below, you will be able to fill out a Social Distancing Protocol. The Protocol requires you to enter information that:

IDENTIFIES AND PROVIDES CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE BUSINESS AND THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROTOCOL (THIS WILL USUALLY BE AN OWNER OR MANAGER)”

Good so the individual or business is responsible to uphold the SDP it also said:

“CONFIRMS THAT THE BUSINESS IS POSTING PROPER SIGNAGE”

A good specific task that needs to be affirmed in order to keep operating it goes on to say:

“CONFIRMS THAT THE BUSINESS IS PROPERLY TRAINING ITS WORKERS”

Again makes sense to me. It goes on to say:

“CONFIRMS THAT THE BUSINESS IS PUTTING MEASURES IN PLACE TO PROTECT ITS WORKERS AND THE PUBLIC”

GOOD, that means it must take proactive steps, like creating a legal record of the public usage of the business so that if ANY person using them is TESTED positive, the proper TRACING can be performed and all other people in that business during that viable time can be contacted for TESTING. This of course also means that a RECORD of those in any group sitting closer than 6 feet must be properly identified as being in the same household too. These businesses are going to have to act as agents of the Santa Clara Department of Public Health under this requirement. It goes on to say:

“CONFIRMS THAT THE BUSINESS HAS AN ADEQUATE PLAN IN PLACE IF A WORKER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19”

Good, I doubt any of these business have that figured out. It goes on to say:

“CERTIFIES UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY THAT THE INFORMATION SUBMITTED IS TRUE AND ACCURATE TO KNOWLEDGE OF THE PERSON SIGNING THE PROTOCOL”

VERY GOOD THIS HOLDS THOSE SIGNING LEGALLY LIABLE IF THEY FAILED PERFORM THE REQUIREMENTS ABOVE. The definition also stated:

“Certification under penalty of perjury: The Protocol cannot be submitted unless it is signed under penalty of perjury by a person who is authorized by the business. If you are filling out this form, you must ensure that you have been authorized to complete the form and submit it for the business. Once you complete the Protocol at the link below, you will need to sign the Protocol using an electronic DocuSign signature. (You cannot sign using pen and paper.) SUBMITTING THE PROTOCOL UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY MEANS EVERYTHING ON THE FORM MUST BE TRUTHFUL TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE, AND INCLUDING INFORMATION YOU KNOW IS FALSE IS A CRIME.

It looks like the County finally got the right approach down. The County WILL hold a business accountable if it fails to provide the performance of the above. Failure to do so will revoke the privilege of being a service provider regarding “outdoor dining”.

If any of these business do not want to follow this SDP then they must shut down “outdoor dining” and return to Delivery and Take Out only.

This becomes effective on Monday.


The Business Man
Old Mountain View
on Jul 12, 2020 at 4:41 pm
The Business Man, Old Mountain View
on Jul 12, 2020 at 4:41 pm
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So.

I predicted this kind of situation would arise. Then those scoffed saying I was wrong.

NOW.

Things are now requiring accountability.

They said it was a right to be in business. Restaurant licenses are privileges, just like drivers licenses. They are not allowed to operate unless proper procedures are followed under license laws.

But you forgot to understand this didn't you?

Please understand, you have a lot of people making assumptions regarding safety, and we CAN'T do that.


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