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Coronavirus and COVID-19 Information: Santa Clara County and Bay Area, California

Trustworthy information about COVID-19

Advice for Workers and Employers

The March 31, 2020 revised shelter in place order for the 6 Bay Area counties requires all businesses to send as many workers as possible to work from home. Businesses that are allowed to be open must follow public health orders.

The Santa Clara County Order of May 18 (effective May 22), 2020 includes detailed information about what businesses must do to protect workers and customers. Those requirements include following cleaning procedures, distancing protocols, and the requirement for all workers and customers to wear a face covering. Appendix A to that Order contains forms for posting the required notices at each place of business. (The state Labor & Workforce Development Agency and the national Occupational Safety and Health Administration list recommended safety procedures.)


Here's what employers should do if a worker tests positive for COVID-19:


The California Department of Industrial Relations clarifies state regulations around sick leave and employers' responsibilities in this period:


Businesses located in the City of San José are required to provide 2 weeks of paid sick leave to all employees from April 8 - December 31, 2020 (and to employees who are caring for a family member with COVID-19 during this time). Details are explained in the FAQ document and more information is available on the webpage.


Per this order from the Governor's Office, protections for California's "workers in the food sector, including farmworkers, agricultural workers, and those working in grocery stores and fast food chains, and as delivery drivers" shall include paid sick leave and additional workplace safety measures:


If your business includes healthcare, or caring for other people, these state agency bulletins  may apply.


Food business safety: The shelter in place Order of March 16 allows restaurants, food trucks, and cafeterias to stay open provided they follow the regulations in the link below. Grocery stores and food pantries may also stay open if they follow the regulations listed for those activities.

Advice for food service workers, and for people afraid that coronavirus might spread through food (not likely, if precautions are taken):

Advice for Schools to Slow the Spread of Coronaviruses, and for Parents of School-age Children

Please note: In a press release on March 17, Governor Newsom warned that public schools in California might not be able to re-open for face-to-face education before the next school year begins in the fall. Since then nearly all the schools, colleges, and universities in the state have switched to online teaching. 

Public schools and colleges in the Bay Area (Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa & Alameda counties) have announced that school buildings will be closed until the 2020-2021 school year. (Other school districts may not, however.)

Private schools might re-open on a separate schedule than public district-operated schools; and each public school district can (in theory) set its own schedule. If you have questions about a specific school or university, contact them directly.

If they do open, they would need to follow these earlier regulations:

In an executive order on March 13, Governor Newsom announced that schools that close due to the pandemic will continue to be funded (and staff continued to be paid) so that they can explore online teaching and other ways to continue to meet educational needs. 


Some childcare centers are still open for children of essential workers. These documents apply:

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