City of Milpitas – Office of Economic Development
New Social Distancing Protocol - Requirement for All Businesses
Dear Business Representatives,

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) approved the County of Santa Clara’s variance application to allow more businesses to open as early as Monday, July 13, subject to specific conditions and limitations. The new Order required approval from the State before it could take effect, since the County seeks to move quickly through the State’s Phase 2 reopening. The new Order will take effect on July 13. Until that time, the current Santa Clara County Shelter-in-Place Order remains in effect.  

The new Order allows other activities to resume, including hair and nail services, gyms, and small gatherings, but only with strict social distancing protocols in place, consistent use of face coverings, and significant capacity limits. The July 2 Order does not lift the Shelter-in-Place. It also requires all businesses in Santa Clara County to submit a new Social Distancing Protocol to the County of Santa Clara. The newest Social Distancing Protocol has new requirements and you must fill out the new version even if you previously completed the older version. Prior Social Distancing Protocols are no longer valid.

Businesses that are already operating under the June 5 Order must complete this new Social Distancing Protocol by July 13. Businesses that are newly allowed to reopen under the new Order must complete the new Social Distancing Protocol prior to reopening and cannot open until July 13.

Lastly, the July 2 Order sets mandatory directives and rules for specific industries and activities, which can be found here. All businesses and people in the County must follow these directives, as well as the industry-specific guidance issued by the State. 

Please note that business facilities that pose a high risk of COVID-19 transmission or large outbreaks must stay closed to the public. These include any indoor facility used for activities where face masks are removed (including indoor dining and bars, indoor swimming pools, saunas, heated exercise rooms, and smoking lounges), nightclubs, theaters, stadiums, arenas, music venues, indoor playgrounds and amusement centers, and nonresidential adult and elder daycare facilities.

Below are the July 2 Order updates and supporting documents:

Individual industry directives can be found below:

• Gyms & Fitness Centers - PDF
• Gatherings (incl. social, religious, political ceremonial, athletic, and other types of
gatherings) - PDF
• Outdoor Dining - PDF
• Construction - PDF
• Food Facilities - PDF
• Personal Care Services (hair/nail salons, tattoo/piercing shops, massage therapy,
and other services providing body care services) - PDF
• Public Transit – PDF
• Hotel/Motels – Coming Soon
• Agriculture – Coming Soon
• Recreation and Athletics – PDF
• Childcare, summer caps, and children’s activities – Coming Soon
• Reopening Santa Clara County K-12 Schools for the 2020-2021 School Year -

The County of Santa Clara has created a business landing page on its COVID-19 website for businesses to find resources and information related to operation requirements, workforce resources, safety guidance for workers, and preparing a Social Distancing Protocol. All this information can be found at or by calling the new COVID-19 Business Call Center at (408) 961-5500.

If you have any questions related to the July 2 Order 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 [email protected].

In community spirit,

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