Further Clarification of the Implementation of the State's Stay At Home Order
in Santa Clara County
Good evening Morgan Hill Community.

Earlier today we shared the news of the County's intention to implement the State's Regional Stay Home Order this Sunday, December 6 at 10:00 p.m. This action, in conjunction with the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, as well as the City of Berkeley, will help stop the surge of COVID-19 and prevent overwhelming regional Intensive Care Unit(ICU) bed capacity. Lack of ICU capacity means that you and your loved ones may not receive the care you need if you fall seriously ill—with COVID or something else.

We felt it was important to provide further clarification to you about the Order as some information on the State's and County's websites was/is confusing.

The Stay Home Order
  • Instructs everyone to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread
  • Allows access to (and travel for) critical services
  • Allows outdoor activities to preserve physical and mental health
The Order requires the following sectors to close: 
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

Additionally, the following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:
  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail (including grocery stores)Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. 
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: NOT ALLOWED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY

The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:
  • Critical infrastructure 
  • Schools
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Childcare and pre-K

All other restrictions announced by Santa Clara County last week remain in effect, including the mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers who are coming from a point of origin greater than 150 miles from the County’s borders.

We all must do our part. Stay home! Save Lives!
Morgan Hill residents with non-emergency questions or concerns are directed to call or text 408.767.6404. This number is monitored regularly, Monday - Friday, during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Messages will be responded to within 24 hours, during weekdays.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to:

Information and resources are being continually updated on the following websites:

Santa Clara County residents should call 2-1-1 for public health information on COVID-19. Please be aware that you may need to remain on hold for a period of time.

Follow updates on the City of Morgan Hill’s website and on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Nextdoor.
City of Morgan Hill | www.morganhill.ca.gov