Updated Orders and Requirements
Effective Mar. 3, 2021, Santa Clara County returned to the Red Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, with some additional local restrictions remaining in place. The following includes some of the operations that may resume today (subject to the Mandatory Directives for each function):
- Restaurants (dine-in) - Can open indoors with modifications at max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. See guidance for Restaurants, wineries, and bars
- Retailers - Can open with modifications at max 50% capacity. See guidance for Retail
- Gyms and fitness centers - Can open indoors with modifications at max 10% capacity. See guidance for Gyms and fitness centers
- Movie theaters - Can open indoors with modifications at max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. See guidance for Movie theaters and family entertainment centers
- Hotels and lodging - Can open with modifications. See guidance for Hotels and lodging
For more information:
Regional Stay Home Order
Changes for each sector
Mandatory Health Officer Directives for specific business sectors and activities are available to provide direction for different businesses.
See Capacity Limitations for information on how to calculate capacity for different types of businesses.
New Social Distancing Protocol Requirements
All businesses in Santa Clara County must fill out a Social Distancing Protocol and submit it to the County. The Protocol must be signed under penalty of perjury and will be posted online for public access.
Visit the County’s Social Distancing Protocol page for the form and instructions, and sign posting and Protocol distribution requirements.
Santa Clara County Letter to Businesses
Temporary Outdoor Dining
Temporary Outdoor Business
Businesses with Reduced Hours or Closed
If you need to change your garbage and recycling services, or have questions about other utilities, call 408-730-7400.
Up & Running California
In partnership with the California Office of the Small Business Advocate, eBay invites you to join Up & Running California. This free, 6-week ecommerce training program offers interactive coaching and instruction to help businesses thrive online.
This one-time program is open to all eligible, California-based businesses. Applications are open until March 11. The program begins the week of March 29.
Supporting Sunnyvale Businesses
In partnership with the Sunnyvale Downtown Association, the City is sharing information with the community on open essential businesses. If your business isn't on the list, email us.
Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is processing Economic Injury Disaster Loans to assist small businesses and non-profit agencies.
Loan Paperwork Preparation Help
Local resources are available to assist with loan paperwork preparation. Contact any of the following agencies for free assistance.
State and Federal Assistance
California Rebuilding Fund
The California Rebuilding Fund is a new program opened on Nov. 20 to support California’s small business owners as they adapt, reopen safely, and recover from the effects of COVID-19.
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
The State of California has added several new rounds to the COVID-19 grant program. Grants will range from $5,000 to $25,0000 to eligible small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and the related health and safety restrictions.
Shop Safe Shop Local
From the State of California find resources for your small business to operate safely and grow with offers and special technology tools to expand online with e-commerce.
State of California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
Provides coronavirus guidance and information on reduced work hours, potential closure or layoffs, and tax assistance, and more.
Cal/OSHA Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from COVID-19
Workplace safety and health regulations require employers to protect employees from infectious diseases by following safety requirements. Find the safety requirements for your business.
CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
Guidance for businesses on how to plan, prepare and respond to the coronavirus.