By the Daily Post staff
Santa Clara County’s health officer, Dr. Sara Cody, issued a new coronavirus health order that allows in-store shopping, outdoor restaurant dining and summer camps starting Friday (June 5).
Criticism of Cody’s strict orders had been growing in the past few weeks. Santa Clara County has lagged behind other counties in terms of reopening the economy.
Her announcement today (June 1) coincides with Palo Alto’s push to allow restaurants to expand their outdoor seating to portions of University and California avenues. Her order goes into effect on Friday and the city is hoping to close off the streets by then.
Cody’s new order allows the following businesses:
- Outdoor dining at restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, subject to limitations/social distancing
- Retail and shopping centers for in-store shopping, subject to limitations/social distancing
- Childcare, summer camps, summer school, and all other educational or recreational programs for all children, in stable groups of up to 12 children
- All manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, subject to limitations/social distancing
- House cleaning and other no-contact in-home services
- Low contact/no contact service businesses such as shoe repair, watch repair, and other similar services, subject to limitations/social distancing
- All pet grooming
- Outdoor small ceremonies and religious services, in groups no larger than 25
- All outdoor recreational activities that do not involve physical contact, with social distancing, including swimming pools, hiking, tennis, golf, etc.
- Camping, subject to limitations/social distancing
- Drive-in theaters and other car-based gatherings
Dr. Cody has been the target of criticism by residents writing to the Daily Post’s letters section.
“I pose this question to Dr. Cody: How many people in Santa Clara County have died from suicide and attempted suicide over the last two months compared to the same time period a year ago and a typical year’s worth?” Max Pelletier of Palo Alto wrote.
Jeff Truskey of Palo Alto wrote: “As even the Associated Press has written, ‘For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks…’ The consequences of a shutdown for ‘most people’ is far worse than the virus. Time for the politicians in Santa Clara County to seek a second opinion or they will have to face what the unelected health officials do not — voters!”
Bill Hough of Los Altos wrote: “We have reached the point where there is more harm in a continued shutdown than there is risk from the virus. While initial restrictions were helpful, it is clearly time to start discussions regarding how we begin relaxing virus-related restrictions and get people back to work.”
Some readers are angry that the county has extended the shutdown beyond the three weeks that was originally suggested in March.
“Dr. Sara Cody and the rest of our government overseers want to move the goal posts for ending the shelter-in-place order even further under the guise of protecting ourselves from ourselves. They use data manipulated to suit their draconian lock-down agenda,” wrote Ken Rado of San Carlos. “If you are at-risk, or want to continue home confinement, then stay home. But I believe the silent majority want our government overlords to let us get on with our lives.”