Santa Clara County increases COVID-19 restrictions as cases and hospitalizations rise


Amid a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Santa Clara County is taking steps to roll back its reopening.

On Saturday, Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody announced several changes to the county's public health order, including reductions to outdoor gathering sizes and the number of people allowed inside facilities at any one time.

Retail stores and other facilities open to the public must be limited to 10% capacity, and grocery stores and pharmacies will be restricted to 25% capacity.

All contact sports will be temporarily prohibited, which is expected to impact the San Francisco 49ers. The team practices and plays in the county.

Dr. Cody also issued guidance on travel, strongly discouraging leisure and non-essential trips. Plus, Santa Clara County will now require people entering the county to quarantine for 14 days upon return from travel of more than 150 miles.

The revised health orders will take effect Monday and will remain in effect until at least December 21.