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State denies Santa Clara County's plan to reopen economy, prompting confusion over outdoor dining

Original post made on Jul 6, 2020

Santa Clara County suffered a stinging setback over the weekend in its strategy to reopen the economy, when the state rejected its plan to allow more businesses, including gyms and hair salons, to reopen later this month.

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Comments (12)

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 6, 2020 at 1:42 pm

Bars should not be allowed to open during the pandemic. There is no way to practice social distancing or mask wearing in a bar, indoors or outdoors. If that is what the state is complaining about, I support them.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

I’m confused. I have a thought. According to LA Times recently, Covid - ill farmworkers from Imperial County at Mexican border were brought way up north here to Stanford Hospital. If these “hospitalization numbers” at Stanford, which sound bad, are affecting us residents and businesses in Santa Clara County, then that’s ridiculous. Palo Alto and Santa Clara County officials need to communicate with “Sacramento,” meaning the Governor and his staff.m

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Bureaucrats with no real skillset taking on vigilante roles possibly with a vendetta against Santa Clara County. It is like a bad spaghetti western!

Posted by Chuck
a resident of Mayfield
on Jul 6, 2020 at 3:43 pm

More testing leads to more cases (even though less deaths and hospitalizations) leads to less opening. Shows how messed up the system is. Guess I'll just have to go next door to Menlo Park to get my haircut and have a nice dinner at a restaurant.

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 6, 2020 at 4:43 pm

News reports say the number California COVID-19 ICU patients has increased by 63% statewide in the last 3 weeks alone. The number of new ICU patients is increasing every week, so the total number is accelerating in the wrong direction. The drugs that are used to treat these patients are also running low. The state is right to set the bar much higher for reopening when hospitals are filling up.

Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2020 at 5:09 pm

This isn’t about flattening a curve or anything beyond bureaucracy and inciting fear at this point. Even our local officials can’t break us free from the lunacy in California.

Posted by PAResident
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 6, 2020 at 8:40 pm

Shutting down the outdoor dining in Palo Alto makes no sense. I hope Santa Clara county is able to keep outdoor dining going.

Posted by not your mom
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 6, 2020 at 9:07 pm

My family walked over to see the BLM mural on Hamilton tonight, all of us wearing masks and trying to keep our distance. I'd estimate only 20% of the people walking around had on masks (some were carrying them -- lots of good that does).

If people can't abide by these very simple rules, no wonder the numbers are rising. If you all would stop being so selfish, everything would have been open by now.

Posted by Which rule?
a resident of Mayfield
on Jul 6, 2020 at 10:03 pm

Which rule says you need to wear a mask outside if you are socially distanced?

Posted by Nanny state
a resident of Mountain View

on Jul 6, 2020 at 10:27 pm

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Posted by merry
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2020 at 7:34 am

This has become the COVID industrial complex.

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2020 at 9:09 am

Generally, until now, I think the State has been reasonably clear and consistent. I find this very confusing. Personally, I don't need to dine out (in the street), but, I'm not sure why it is legal almost everywhere else but here. Or, is the issue serving alcohol outside? I'm confused.

I do see a lot of people getting very careless with no-masks, crowding outdoors, lack of social distancing. The relative safety of being outdoors still depends on keeping enough distance to dilute aerosols. Don't share the air with strangers/people outside your household.

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