State Officials Order Closure of Gyms, Salons, Other Indoor Businesses in Santa Clara County

For a few hours on Monday it seemed as though gyms, salons and other indoor operations would remain open in Santa Clara County, despite orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom to shut down businesses in jurisdictions on the state’s COVID-19 watch list.

But that all changed shortly before 5pm, when local health officials announced that the county had been put back on the watch list the night prior.

Now, many businesses that reopened today—as well as some that opened in June—will have to close effective July 15. That includes indoor worship services or protests, gyms, offices in nonessential sectors, personal care services, hair salons, barbershops and malls.

“The fight against COVID-19 is unfortunately far from over, but our residents and businesses have shown how we can collectively make an extraordinary difference in saving lives and safeguarding our community,” Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said. “We strongly urge everyone to rigorously and consistently follow the State and local health orders.”

In his noon press conference, and related Twitter and Facebook posts, the governor listed 30 counties on his "monitoring list," adding that two more would be added Tuesday.

What he didn’t know was that Alameda and Santa Clara counties had been added to the list the night before—and the counties didn’t know either, until the question came up at his press conference, according to Santa Clara officials.

State public health official had neglected to tell both the governor's office and officials in the two counties they had been added to the list.

Monday was the deadline the county had set last week as the deadline for businesses to apply to be included in its new order allowing some businesses to open indoor operations. This wasn’t the first time that the state pulled the rug out from under county public health officials.

Over the last few weeks, Santa Clara County’s reopening plans have been fraught with confusion. On July 3, officers with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control showed up at numerous Morgan Hill restaurants, stating that the county was never approved to open outdoor dining in the first place.

The next day, the state rejected the county’s reopening plan, only to reverse the decision three days later, after Santa Clara County was taken off the state’s watch list.

Santa Clara County has seen an uptick in both cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks. Monday afternoon, county officials reported 253 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death from complications of the virus, bringing the local death toll up to 167.

As of Sunday, 129 people were hospitalized for COVID-19, compared to 86 people at the same time the week prior.

Here is a list of affected industries and activities closed for indoor operations:

Closed statewide effective July 13:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Cardrooms
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Zoos and museums
  • Bars, breweries, and pubs (indoor and outdoor)

Closed in Santa Clara County effective July 15:

  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Gyms and fitness centers​
  • Offices in nonessential sectors
  • Personal care services, e.g., nail salons, body waxing, tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Shopping malls

Grace Hase is a staff writer for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley. Email tips to [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @grace_hase. Or, click here to sign up for text updates about what she’s working on.

9 Comments

    • Not gonna happen.

      More people are on the government dole, collecting unemployment or some other benefit, than are truly destitute. Paranoia about the virus still has a financial cushion.

  1. can someone clarify this? what is the difference between Dying from Covid and Dying with Covid? there are constant news releases saying how many more cases we have this week. What does that mean? 100,000 people could test positive for Covid but maybe only 4 or 5 of those people die from Covid. Kind of like the flu every season – – hundreds of thousands of people catch the flu – – and yes, some small number will die from the flu. In the 2018-19 flu season there were 65,000 deaths from the flu – – – and we have a vaccine for the flu. statistically, it seems, we have a flu-like disease w/o the vaccine.

    Going back to original question – difference between Dying from Covid and Dying with Covid. many people are terminal with other diseases- – cancer, heart disease, etc – – recently a stage 4 lung cancer patient died. He had Covid. So his cause of death is listed as “Covid” – – – but he just happened to have Covid when he died of cancer.

    Is there an incentive for reporting a death due to Covid as opposed to reporting the death as cancer? I’ve not found very clear numbers on this.

    • > Is there an incentive for reporting a death due to Covid as opposed to reporting the death as cancer? I’ve not found very clear numbers on this.

      You haven’t found a clear answer because there is political party and a huge media industry devoted to muddling things.

      The Seattle health department recently reclassified the cause of death for several people from COVID-19 to gunshots. I guess they were shamed into having to admit that they might have been healthy enough to recover from the COVID-19 but not the gunshots.

      That should give you a clue about the relative mortality of gunshots.

      As far as “incentives”, the government is dropping bales of cash from helicopters on any gathering of people that looks like it MIGHT be a COVID-19 hotspot. I have heard the Medicare reimburses hospitals more for admitting a COVID-19 patient than a regular ordinary “flu” patient.

      “That cough sounds like a COVID cough. KA-CHING!”

  2. this is my point – “Santa Clara County has seen an uptick in both cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks. Monday afternoon, county officials reported 253 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death from complications of the virus, bringing the local death toll up to 167.”

    so SCC had 253 new cases of Covid – – is that a death sentence for those 253 people? out of that there was 1 (one) death “from complications” of Covid.

    Now suppose SCC had 253 cases of a flu virus last week – – and one elderly w/ pneumonia or heart disease or cancer happened to acquire a flu virus – – – how does that death get reported? FROM the flu or WITH the flu?

    So do hospitals get gov’t bonus money when they have a Covid death – – -??? If so all they have to report is that the patient HAD Covid – – – FROM Covid or WITH Covid – – doesn’t really matter – – its another death chaulked up to Covid.

    How does one get straight answers to this

  3. Now, if von Hindenburg would only die, Newsom could declare a state of Covid emergency and grant himself emergency powers so that he can then enact arbitrary regulations without the approval or involvement of the Reichstag,, Urr, I mean, the Legislature, and everything would be OK. Only people with state approved businesses would be allowed to open and those business owners who are required to wear a yellow Star of Covid on their outer clothing will not be allowed to open their businesses, which will ultimately be purchased by the State. It didn’t work when it was first tried in the 1930’s but this time we won’t wear armbands, we can just wear masks instead. We’ve already seen the rioting, burning and pillaging on covidnacht, it’s just one more step away for Newsom. These regulations are not laws. They are dictatorial edicts.

  4. Leftists have, in just fifty years, eliminated performance standards and critical thinking from our schools, brought political censorship and decadence to public libraries, commandeered the publishing and entertainment industries, purged objectivity from journalism, propelled imbeciles into high office, attacked free speech, and waged war against the nuclear family.

    As a result, private schools are wildly popular, libraries require policing, authors and entertainers must self-censor or starve, fake news has become normalized, The Squad pushes legislation instead of mop buckets, the only safe speech is no speech, and fatherless homes are, in certain groups, the heartbreaking rule rather than the exception.

    And now we have health officials, despite being armed with the high-tech tools of instant analysis, issuing orders that conform not to the data but to a political narrative. Fewer than 5% of the county’s hospital beds are occupied by Covid patients (and that number includes those already hospitalized but also under investigation for Covid). The death total for the last month is 15 (8 from long-term health care facilities, 7 from the general public). Only 6% of county dead were under 50 years of age; 66% were over 70. And this, in a county of two million — which continues to endure the totalitarian’s heel on its neck.

    I have to wonder, is Dr. Cody’s real commitment to public information or political conformation?

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