State Puts Brakes on New County Health Order

State Puts Brakes on New County Health Order

Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest COVID-19 Order for California came on the same day the new Santa Clara County Health Order was expected to go into effect. Gyms, hair and nail salons and other indoor businesses were expected to reopen in Santa Clara County on Monday, July 13 for the first time since March 17, but they are on hold once again. 

Newsom's announcement comes amid a surge of COVID-19 cases throughout much of the state and the country. Santa Clara County was added to the state's monitoring list on Sunday, requiring it to keep indoor businesses closed. All indoor dining, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor bars, wineries and tasting rooms, cardrooms, zoos and museums throughout the state were shut down on Monday. On Wednesday, July 15, the closure of gyms, nail and hair salons, shopping malls and worship centers, are among the other indoor business operations that goes into effect for 30 California counties. 

Palo Alto’s Summer Streets program, supporting expanded outdoor dining and retail experience in Palo Alto’s Cal Avenue and University Avenue business districts is not impacted by the latest order. Eat, shop and celebrate summer in Palo Alto. For details on this program, go to:  

Please remember to wear a face covering when in public  and to follow social distancing guidelines of 6 feet separation. Face coverings are required in Palo Alto when outside the home. Wearing face coverings while engaging in physical activity is exempt from this requirement, but strongly encouraged. We are in this together, please do your part to keep our community safe. Go to for more.  

Last Updated: July 14, 2020