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County ramps up restrictions: Gatherings over 100 people banned, smaller events limited

Original post made on Mar 13, 2020

Gatherings of 100 or more people are now banned in Santa Clara County, the latest directive issued by Santa Clara County’s chief health officer as leaders attempt to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus in the community.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 13, 2020, 4:17 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 13, 2020 at 4:53 pm

Does "gathering of 100 people" include regular business hours at restaurants or only special events? Are restaurants required to maintain 6 feet of space between tables at all times?

Posted by City Council meetings?
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 13, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Sometimes, the City Council draws way over 100 spectators at City Hall. Will only the first 80 or so be admitted and the rest left in other areas at city hall to watch on TV and be allowed in the Council chamber just to speak? Plan now.

Posted by @resident
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 14, 2020 at 9:24 am

Yes, the order explicitly mentions restaurants as subject to the 35 person limit.

Web Link

For the purposes of this Order, a "gathering" is any event or convening that brings together thirty-five (35) or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, conference room, meeting hall, cafeteria, theater, restaurant, bar, or any other confined indoor or confined outdoor space.

A "gathering" does not include normal operations at airports or spaces where persons may be in transit. It also does not include office environments; classrooms; medical offices, hospitals, or clinics; or retail, pharmacy, or grocery stores where large numbers of people may be present, but it is unusual for them to be within arm's length of one another.

Posted by @City Council meetings?
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 14, 2020 at 9:29 am

Look at this week's council agenda for their procedures.

It's subject to the governor's order that waives certain Brown Act restrictions like the requirement that if they phone in from home that they must open their home to the public:
Web Link

Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 14, 2020 at 11:15 am

GIVEN that we have a NATIONAL state of emergency it looks like one situation might need to be addressed.

The SIGNIFCANT loss of EMPLOYMENT sure to occur or the simple inability for those with work not being able to have INCOME will require that other measures are going to be needed to protect the public.

England is in the course of invoking a “rent holiday” so that people are not required to pay their rent until the virus crisis is over.

That sounds logical but it also should apply to mortgages as well.

MAYBE we should get that established so that people can be safe in their current housing.

EVERYONES income is impacted by this event because just look at the losses in the stock market. Granted it looks better for the next couple of days, but the REAL problem is not yet under control, the VIRUS.

Thus the market is likely to start going down again shortly.

Given that the Nation, the State, the County, and the City have declared an emergency, it would only seem obvious that for the current time a HOUSING HOLIDAY be declared so that people will not lose their homes or apartments during this crisis.

Just thinking, otherwise the economic cost will explode even worse.

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