Dear Morgan Hill Business Leaders,
As a result of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state of California, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that certain indoor business operations statewide would need to close, and that counties on a State Monitoring List , including Santa Clara County, would need to close some indoor operations.
Please note that some of the indoor businesses that were allowed to open under a state approved County health order, including nail and hair salons, fitness centers and gyms, will need to close by 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, under state law. See list below.
Activities that the state has allowed to remain open include outdoor dining, outdoor religious services, construction projects and non-contact recreation activities and other allowances of the order that went into effect on July 13. There are new directives for these outdoor activities from the County Health Department. 

Attached below are important Q&A’s that may relate to your business.

Q. Is general retail allowed after today? I know that indoor malls can’t stay open. How about stores such as TJ Max, boutiques, etc? 

A. Yes, that is our understanding of the state’s order. Only indoor malls are required to close. Other retail establishments can remain open as long as they follow strict social distancing protocols.

Q. Can bars that serve food (whether made onsite or brought from a vendor) stay open after today? 

A. Outdoor bars, brewpubs and breweries may operate if they are offering sit-down, outdoor, dine-in meals. Alcohol can be sold only in the same transaction as a meal (they can contract with a vendor for the food).  See the state’s order for more information:

Q. Can personal services be done outside – for instance can our hair salons offer haircuts in parking lots?

A. There is nothing in our local health order or the state’s health order that precludes these services from being offered outdoor. However, the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology has posted on their website that outdoor services are currently not allowed. Here is the relevant link:  

Q. Can wineries that have outside tasting rooms stay open if they do not serve food?

A. The state order says that wineries and tasting rooms are allowed to operate outdoors as long as they comply with the state’s guidance for restaurants, wineries, and bars, here :

Q. What are the best practices for businesses when customers refuse to wear masks – both for medical reasons and just don’t want to? What are the best practices for police agencies to enforce? 

A. Individuals are required to wear face coverings when inside businesses, so the businesses should ask customers who refuse to wear a face covering to leave. There are exceptions for very young children or individuals who have been advised by a medical professional not to wear a face covering. If someone cites medical reasons as the reason they won’t wear a face covering they need to be taken at their word. Below is the relevant language from the order on face coverings.

Face Coverings.  Face coverings must be worn at all times and by all individuals as specified in the California Department of Public Health’s mandatory Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings (“Face Covering Guidance”) and in accordance with any additional directives issued by the County Health Officer. Further, all individuals must wear face coverings at all times when inside a business facility or using public transportation. For clarity, a face covering is not required when a person is in a personal office (a single room) when others outside of that person’s household are not present as long as the public does not regularly visit the room. Further, individuals under age two, individuals a healthcare professional has advised not to wear a face covering because they have a medical condition that would 

We appreciate your patience and flexibility during this time of uncertainty.  For more information and resources visit our business resources web page .

You can always reach out to our Economic Development team at:
Morgan Hill residents with urgent, non-emergency questions or concerns are directed to call or text 408-767-6404 .

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