Santa Clara County Returns to Orange Tier 3/24/2021 

As of Wednesday, March 24, 2021, Santa Clara County moves back into the Orange Tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. More businesses and leisure activities can re-open, indoor operations are extended and some restrictions on gatherings are reduced. 

  • Restaurants can open indoors with a max of 50% capacity or 200 people and live entertainment is allowed 
  • Wineries, breweries and distilleries can open indoors with modifications: a max 25% capacity indoors, or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Bars can open outdoors with modifications. 
  • All retail can open indoors with modifications, at 50% capacity 
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums can open indoors with a max of 50% capacity. 
  • Places of worship can open indoors with a max of 50% capacity. 
  • Movie theaters can only open indoors with modifications: a max of 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Hotels can open with modifications. Hotels may also open dining and fitness facilities at 25% capacity. 
  • Gyms can open indoor operations with modifications: max of 25% capacity. 
  • Stadiums are allowed to open with modifications: permanent venues with live audiences must be outdoors only, capacity must be limited to 20%, and additional restrictions. 
  • Theme parks are to stay closed; however, starting April 1, 2021, they can reopen by adhering to limits including capacity and worker testing. 
  • Offices may reopen for in-person work schedules of up to 25% capacity and maintaining 25% capacity in conference and meeting rooms, though the County continues to encourage telecommuting where possible. Employers with fewer than 20 employees do not need a capacity limit but must reduce capacity necessary to maintain 6 feet of distancing between workers
  • Outdoor organized and supervised arts, music, and theater performances and festivals may open for up to 50 people maintaining social distancing between audience members from different households, while food and concessions may be allowed for groups of up to 6 people that are at least 6 feet apart from others. 
  • Indoor gatherings are still strongly discouraged, but allowed with a max of three households. 
For all the details, directives for specific categories of business and social distancing protocols, visit the Santa Clara County COVID-19 guidance pages and the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy.   


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