Eased COVID restrictions mean plant nurseries can reopen, construction resume

Santa Clara County and much of the Bay Area is loosening up on a few restrictions in the wake of shelter-in-place orders issued last month.

A new directive, issued April 29, keeps much restaurant and retail activity confined. But outdoor work, such as housing construction, agricultural operations and nurseries, can resume operations. Another key change concerns child care establishments serving essential workers: summer camps can now operate with 12 or fewer students, although like other forms of childcare they are limited to "providing care or supervision for children of all ages that enable owners, employees, volunteers, and contractors for Essential Businesses, Essential Governmental Functions, Outdoor Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations to work as allowed under this Order."

In addition to bicycling and hiking in public spaces, use of golf courses and athletic fields is now permitted, provided people use social distancing protocols. Areas that encourage gatherings, such as playgrounds and dog parks, remain closed.

The new order runs through May 31. For more on the latest directive, click here.


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