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Updated Santa Clara County Corona Virus (COVID-19) "May 22nd Orders"

Posted by Marilyn E. Moreno | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Moreno Family Law Firm remains open in order to continue to advocate and serve our clients and their families during their divorce and other family law matters. Although our client's cases are extremely important to us, we are also dedicated to keeping our clients and staff safe during this novel corona-virus pandemic. Therefore, please see the below updated "May 22nd Order" Public Health Order for Santa Clara County. We are proudly following the orders outlined below and we encourage the public to do so as well. We are doing everything we can to make sure our office is sanitary and safe for our staff and visiting clients!

From SCC Public Health Emergency Operations Center wesbite: 

Executive Summary

Because of the substantial progress our community has achieved in slowing the spread of COVID-19, this updated Shelter-in-Place Order allows certain additional businesses and activities to resume, subject to restrictions to reduce transmission risk. The Order also makes important changes to the Social Distancing Protocol requirements for all operating businesses. 

This new Order will go into effect at 12:01 am on Friday, May 22, 2020, and will remain in effect until the Health Offer amends or rescinds it.  This new Order replaces the prior order, which went into effect on May 4, 2020. We refer to the May 4 order as the “Prior Order” and this new Order as the “May 22nd Order” or “Order.” 

What changes does this new Order make? 

The May 22 Order allows several new categories of businesses and activities to reopen, subject to specific conditions and limitations. It also keeps key restrictions in place, requiring people to stay in their homes except when engaging in certain essential or allowed activities.  The activities and businesses allowed to reopen under the new order are referred to as “Additional Activities” and “Additional Businesses” and are explained in Appendices C-1 and C-2 to the Order. These and other significant changes are highlighted below. 

Additional Businesses:  

  • Retail stores may reopen for sales, but only for curbside/outside pickup or by delivery. Customers are not allowed to enter these retail stores. These retail stores must also comply with several additional operating conditions, including: 
    • They cannot move goods outside the store to display and sell. 
    • They must limit the number of workers inside the facility as described in the Order. 
    • They must have direct access to a sidewalk, street, outdoor walkway, parking lot, or alley for pickup. 
  • The Order also allows businesses that support these retail businesses to resume operating, including those that manufacture goods sold at these stores and businesses that provide warehousing and distribution services. 
  • Outdoor museums, historical sites, and publicly accessible gardens are allowed to reopen, but visitors are restricted to outdoor areas. 

Additional Activities:   

  • The May 22nd Order allows people to participate in car parades, so long as they ride in cars only with members of their households and do not leave the cars during the parade or stop to gather at a fixed location.  Bicycles and motorcycles are not allowed to join car parades. 

Social Distancing Protocol:

  • The May 22nd Order updates the Social Distancing Protocol (Appendix A to the Order) to incorporate new State of California requirements for training personnel and other measures.
  • To operate, all businesses must complete a Social Distancing Protocol using the new template or update their Protocols to incorporate the new requirements. A copy of the Protocol must be distributed to all employees.
  • To show that they are implementing the Social Distancing Protocol to keep their staff and customers safe from COVID-19, all businesses must print and post in a prominent place near the entrance to the businesses (1) a COVID-19 PREPARED Sign and (2) a Social Distancing Protocol Visitor Information Sheet. Both the Sign and Visitor Information Sheet can be found in Appendix A to the Order.
  • All businesses must post signage required in the Social Distancing Protocol to educate customers about health and safety requirements. Sign templates are available on the County's website​.

The Moreno Family Law Firm is implementing all of the protocols to ensure that we keep our dedicated staff and loyal clients safe during this time while we remain open to advocate for their needs and push their cases forward.  

For more information and frequently asked questions *newly revised update* please visit: 

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/public-health-orders.aspx

About the Author

Marilyn E. Moreno

Marilyn is a Certified Family Law Specialist who has been practicing in the area of family law since 1982. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School. She was selected by San Jose Magazine from 1999 through 2007 as one of the best family law lawyers in San Jose. (San Jose Magazine ceased publicatio...

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