Santa Clara County Announces Guidelines For Curbside Retail

Santa Clara County prepares to reopen non-essential retail businesses
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Social distancing protocols and signage are among the new requirements for businesses opening for curbside retail as Santa Clara County enters phase two of reopening on Friday.

A giant blue check mark on a green background will also identify businesses that have take proper precautions to protect customers and employees. 

“This is a condition of being able to be open, is that as a business you are doing your part to keep your employees safe and to keep your customers safe,” says Williams.

Face masks will also be required and all customer transactions will take place outside. That means that while stores at the Stanford Shopping Center can reopen, many in Valley Fair, which is enclosed, will not.

“We have flattened the curve here in Santa Clara County like no where else in the country, and it’s because of what everyone has done,” says county health officer Dr. Sara Cody.

She says the number of cases has stayed stable in the last two weeks, even after construction and some outdoor business was allowed to resume earlier this month. "And we now have a little bit of headroom to cautiously take another step forward."

But officials urge the public to maintain vigilance even as they shop by practicing social distancing, wearing a face mask in public and get tested and stay home if you experience symptoms.