• Guidelines for Opening

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  • Businesses are re-opening and expanding their services while also adhering to the newest orders from the State and County. Here's a quick overview of what you need to do to be compliant, with links to important guides, documents, and signage. Please note that conditions and regulations continue to change rapidly, so please check back for updated information.


  • New Guidelines as of August 18, 2021

    Vaccination Verification Required at Large Indoor Events

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before an event starts, will be required for indoor gatherings where 1,000 or more participants or spectators are attending. Beyond dropping the requirement from 5,000 to 1,000 individuals, self-attestation to verify a person’s vaccination status will no longer be accepted. Indoor masking requirements remain in place (see August 2 announcement below). The changes go into effect on September 20 and will remain in place until at least November 1, 2021.

    Read the full press release here.


  • New Guidelines as of August 2, 2021

    Masks Required Indoors

    In Santa Clara – as well as other Bay Area counties - masks are currently required indoors at all businesses - by both employees and patrons - regardless of vaccination status. Please note that no businesses are being asked to close, diners at restaurants can still remove their masks while eating, and no masking mandates are being required for outside activities, although they are recommended.

    Complete Health Order can be read here

    FAQs for Universal Indoor Face Covering Order


  • California-Wide Rules
     
    As of June 15, 2021, the State of California moved away from the tier system and re-opened more fully.
     
    As of Tuesday, June 15
    • The tier system has gone away.
    • Businesses can open at full capacity.
    • No social distancing is required.
    • Some masking is required of both employees and customers
     
    Who still needs to wear a mask and when?
     
    Per the August 2 announcement, you are required to wear a mask indoors, whether or not you are vaccinated. If you are outdoors, masking is still recommended, but you can go maskless if you are more tha six feet of another person.
     
    Are there capacity limits at offices, restaurants, bars, churches or stores?
     
    Barring any local restrictions, all businesses can return to their full pre-pandemic occupancy levels. They will no longer have to ensure customers maintain social distancing.
     
    I own a small business. What mask and distancing rules do I need to follow to not get fined?
     
    All businesses must continue to comply with Cal/OSHA rules to protect employees, but social distancing and capacity limits for customers are no longer required. Post rules regarding mask-wearing (eg, "masks are required indoors”).
     
    What about Cal/OSHA rules?
     
    Cal/OSHA rules now align with the state’s guidelines for reopening:
    • Employers must provide masks for all workers.
    • Employers are still required to “document” if employees are vaccinated, unvaccinated, or decline to state. Those that decline to state will be treated as if they are unvaccinated. This information is internal and does not need to be submitted unless specifically requested.
     
    Please note, the pandemic remains a fluid situation, and conditions may change quickly. We will do our best to keep you up to date! As always, please feel free to reach out to us with questions you may have at info@chambermv.org