Effective Wednesday, March 3rd, Santa Clara County moved from the Purple Tier to the less restrictive Red Tier under the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The County’s transmission rate has continued to decline and testing has increased following the holiday peaks, leading Santa Clara County to gradually open up more business activity. The Red Tier business guidelines are as follows:

  • Indoor dining: 25% indoor capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Outdoor dining: allowed with modifications
  • Gyms and fitness centers: 10% indoor capacity; climbing walls may open
  • General retail: 50% indoor capacity
  • Indoor shopping malls: 50% capacity (closed common areas; reduced capacity food courts)
  • Grocery stores: can operate at full capacity
  • Hair salons and personal care services: allowed indoors with modifications
  • Family entertainment centers (ex: go-kart racing, mini golf): outdoor only with modifications
  • Movies: 25% indoor capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Cardrooms: must close indoor operations
  • Wineries: outdoor only
  • Outdoor bars, breweries, and distilleries: must close, unless they provide meals in which case outdoor only with modifications
  • Museums: 25% indoor capacity
  • Places of worship: 25% indoor capacity

In addition, the Mandatory Directive on Travel will no longer be in effect. During a County press conference this Tuesday, Dr. Cody reminded the community that indoor activities are much higher risk than that of being outdoors, and to continue our commitment to wearing masks, social distancing, and getting vaccinated. Please visit the Santa Clara County Public Health website for more details on the current Tier as defined in the County’s public health order and capacity limitations.