Dear Business Representatives,

The Office of Economic Development continues to support Milpitas’ diverse business community as it responds to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We continuously monitor and distribute to you COVID-19 guidance and resources provided by our federal, state and local agencies because we believe your business is vital to our community. This message marks a very important step in our coronavirus road to recovery. 

On October 5, 2020, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department issued a Revised Risk Reduction Order, in order to be better aligned with the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Under the Revised Risk Reduction Order, unless it is expressly indicated in the Order, all businesses in Santa Clara County will be allowed to operate if the State approves moving from the Blueprint’s Tier 2 (Red) into Tier 3 (Orange). This includes indoor dining and indoor gatherings.  

The State could assign Santa Clara County to Tier 3 as early as Tuesday, October 13, 2020 and would go into effect on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. The Santa Clara County Health Officer urges Milpitas residents and businesses to continue to take precaution by staying home when possible, minimize interaction with people outside of your respective household, practice social distancing, wear a face cover, and attempt to move activities outdoors, if possible.

The Revised Risk Reduction Order comes with two main exceptions for businesses: 

• Indoor dining will be allowed at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Please note that the forthcoming new rules for indoor and outdoor dining will be outlined in a Mandatory Directive for Dining expected in a couple of weeks, and

• Indoor gatherings will be allowed at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. The Order also allows outdoor gatherings with up to 200 people.

Please be advised that under the Revised Risk Reduction Order, ALL businesses must complete a NEW Social Distancing Protocol using the revised webform that will be made available soon. Businesses must complete their revised Social Distancing Protocols within 14 days of when the Order takes effect. In addition to the new Social Distancing Protocol, all businesses are required to allow teleworking (if possible) and if an employee is confirmed to be positive for COVID-19, they must report the information to the Public Health Department within four (4) hours.

More information on the Revised Risk Reduction Order is available in the Executive Summary or by visiting the Santa Clara County Public Health website.

If you have any questions or need business assistance during COVID-19, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Economic Development team by sending a message anytime to

In community spirit,

Alex Andrade
Economic Development Director
Phone: (408) 586-3046
455 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas CA 95035