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News - July 3, 2020

Santa Clara County to allow hair salons, gyms to reopen — provided they meet new social-distancing rules

County leaders say revised order marks new phase in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Marking a new phase in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Santa Clara County leaders issued an order Thursday that could allow hair salons and gyms to reopen in mid-July and that will require all businesses to strictly follow a new set of rules to ensure social distancing.

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19 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 2, 2020 at 4:51 pm

Allowing more businesses to open at the same time that hospitalization rates are increasing seems a little sketchy to me. Hopefully, the hospitalization rates will turn around before July 13.


8 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm

At last, a big step in the right direction. Getting people back to work in their offices has to be done. Thank you.


9 people like this
Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 2, 2020 at 10:25 pm

Big deal. I've already found a new barber shop in Menlo Park that I like and think I'll keep going to. You snooze, you lose.


2 people like this
Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2020 at 12:29 am

Well, now you tell me. My haircut held out a really long time, but I last got it cut in January-ish, so I finally got fed up and cut it myself. It doesn't look bad but the people who cut my hair earn every penny. I really don't know another place I could get such a good cut that would last than long for $20, so I'm really crossing my fingers that they come back. I think I'll go in and just pay for a cut and come back when I need it. I don't want them to go out of business, and they aren't like high-end salons where they keep client information, etc. Wish I could get my hair cut outside.


Posted by Blanche DuBois
a resident of Midtown

on Jul 3, 2020 at 6:36 am

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21 people like this
Posted by Sarah
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 3, 2020 at 7:46 am

To resident of Downtown North: The idea was to "flatten the curve" so we wouldn't overwhelm hospitals. We did that. So well that hospital rates went down so low in SCC that medical personnel were being laid off or furloughed. Now as we open businesses, the hospital rates goes up naturally. Saying that we shouldn't open up more businesses because hospital rates have gone up a little is nonsensical. Should we only allow people to drive cars if there are zero accidents?


11 people like this
Posted by Adelle
a resident of Duveneck School
on Jul 3, 2020 at 8:25 am

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7 people like this
Posted by xbox
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:10 am

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15 people like this
Posted by Reality Check
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:31 am

Not really seeing how gyms and nail salons are essential businesses, but high-tech companies and schools are not.


27 people like this
Posted by TorreyaMan
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:47 am

I strongly disagree with the naysayers about Sara Cody and her associates as expressed above. They are tirelessly working on our behalf and have vastly more perspective and knowledge of this situation than the rest of us.


10 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:56 am

I read that the county wants employees of these businesses to be tested for COVID-19 at least once a month. Will there be a testing site set up in Palo Alto so they can be quickly tested even if they do not have symptoms?


16 people like this
Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Jul 3, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Sarah and Adelle,

Did you see what happened in Texas, Florida, Arizona, SoCal?

Please stay inside your house and don’t infect the rest of us with reckless behavior.


1 person likes this
Posted by Interpretation
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 3, 2020 at 1:59 pm

I read that the number of elective surgeries have resumed around the nation, thus the higher rate of hospitalizations. Are we sure they are counting only COVID hospitalizations?


4 people like this
Posted by Finally
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 4, 2020 at 1:01 am

Finally Dr Cody cared about people relied on paychecks and who can't work via Zoom.

Don't be like LA county, TX, FL and AZ. Remember to wear your masks and keep distancing.


20 people like this
Posted by CA denies
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 4, 2020 at 5:07 pm

According to the SJ Mercury News, CA denied Santa Clara County's expanded reopening: Web Link


1 person likes this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 5, 2020 at 9:18 am

So which is it? Does anybody know or is anyone trying to clarify?

Seeing the Merc article above and watching several tv stations report the news, it seems like the right hand isn't talking to the left hand on this. Is this typical government bureaucracy? Does the state have a vendetta againt Santa Clara County? If we can't eat out in Palo Alto, we can always eat out in Menlo Park, or Redwood City, or elsewhere. Same for haircuts.

Since Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Jose, have closed streets to traffic to enable restaurants put tables on the street, it is about time some clarification was issues on whether that is allowed or not allowed as well as what may or may not reopen on 7/13.


8 people like this
Posted by Nonsensical
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 5, 2020 at 5:48 pm

Are we that much in a hurry to eat out, do hair, nails, and work out in gyms that we forgot we are in the midst of a pandemic? We just can’t wait to resume these activities immediately? Didn’t think we would feel that excited to enter a room with a “biohazard” sign on it?

Gov needs to step up and provide compensation for small businesses and ALL service workers so everyone can pause and open when it’s safe to do so. Local governments are making rash decisions to reopen due to this. It’s not helping anyone in the long run.


16 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 5, 2020 at 8:14 pm

I read that serious Covid cases are being transferred INTO our County and being hospitalized here. Impression they came from border with Mexico, rural Imperial County farm workers. See Los Angeles Times.
Also, San Quentin inmates are getting ill in high numbers. Some refuse to be tested - their right, apparently. Some inmates requiring hospitalization are being placed in hospitals in San Francisco, and San Mateo including Seton Medical Center (Daly City, I recall). Are any cases being brought into OUR County?
These Covid cases/illnesses and hospitalizations are being counted in SF Bay Area, but are NOT from the SF peninsula, where we live (whether PA - Santa Clara County or our nice neighbirs Menlo Park, EPA etc. in San Mateo County.


20 people like this
Posted by covid patient transport
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 5, 2020 at 9:28 pm

According to the Mercury News, overwhelmed hospitals in Imperial County (located between San Diego and the Mexicali, Mexico) are flying patients with COVID-19 to Bay Area Hospitals, including Stanford and UCSF. According to SFGate (Web Link), some of the increase in patients with COVID-19 hospitalized in Santa Clara County is believed to be due to patients from other counties seeking care in Santa Clara County hospitals. Nonetheless, the marked increase in patients with COVID-19 at Stanford and other Santa Clara county hospitals may well lead to infection of members of the Santa Clara County community (i.e. hospital staff and local essential workers), exacerbating the increase in community spread. IMO it is wise to pause reopening until the hospitalized COVID-19 patients in SCC plateaus.


16 people like this
Posted by covid patient transport
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 5, 2020 at 10:01 pm

Here's the Merc News link for the article entitled "Overwhelmed Southern California transferring coronavirus patients to Bay Area hospitals" Web Link


3 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Jul 5, 2020 at 10:28 pm

KTVU news this evening reports that Covid patients are being brought into the Bay Area to our hospitals, including Stanford. It seems that this news is being reported by many sources, but the county and the state are ignoring this fact when allowing us to reopen.

There is a vendetta, apparently, against Santa Clara County easing restrictions. This needs to be investigated. We are facing months more of not having the same easing of restrictions as our neighboring counties. This is completely unfair both to our local businesses that are struggling and the residents who are waiting to get more of our lives back.

As for those who say it is too soon, please let us know how long you are prepared to stay at home without any human interaction apart from through a screen?


9 people like this
Posted by hospital spread
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 6, 2020 at 12:03 pm

According to the WSJ (Web Link) "Hospitals Struggle to Contain Covid-19 Spread Inside Their Walls: U.S. medical centers have reported 5,000-plus cases of patients likely catching the coronavirus once admitted for other conditions, adding to the strain of the pandemic itself." Although from humanitarian (and surely economic) reasons Stanford Hospital feels obliged to accept covid patients from Imperial County and other areas of So. Cal. this will undoubtedly lead to the spread of covid in SCC.


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