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State moves Santa Clara County to red tier, allowing more businesses to reopen

Original post made on Sep 8, 2020

Santa Clara County has moved to the less restrictive red tier in California's color-coded classification system that determines how counties can move forward with reopening businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 2:47 PM

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Posted by Mistake in Body of Article
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 8, 2020 at 4:42 pm

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@Reporter: Subtitle under photo is correct saying that gyms can open at 10% capacity. But it's wrong in the body of the article where it's written "gyms and fitness centers at 25% capacity". It should say 10% capacity.

Anyway, given that the City Govt of SF has had their indoor gyms open at 100% capacity for the entire time of the shutdown (!), we already know indoor gyms are safe and this 10% capacity is a farce:

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Complete double standard between the lawmakers/policy makers and residents. "Rules for thee but not for me". Ironically, in keeping the city gyms open (including SF Hall of Justice!), the city unwittingly proved it's safe to have all gyms open. Yet they are still are placing ridiculous restrictions on small business owners (10% limit may not warrant costs of being open). There are have been credible studies showing that people are no more likely to contract the virus at a gym than anywhere else (like the groceries that never closed). But our policy makers are not making science/data informed decisions. This is just one example of the indiscriminate business shutdowns. When public health policies lack evidence, we are stoking fear and anxiety. There is zero evidence gyms are a virus hot spot, and plenty of evidence to the contrary:

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We need to hold our elected and appointed officials to new standards of honesty, transparency (not double standards), and scientific integrity.

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Posted by jvpadojino
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 8, 2020 at 6:04 pm

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Hi @Mistake in Body of Article. My name is Jamey Padojino, digital editor at Palo Alto Online. Thank you for raising this point with us. The story has been updated with the correct information.

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Posted by Diana
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 8, 2020 at 7:58 pm

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So glad to see this progress, the remote schooling is just not working, hope K-12 open for hybrid model in October, fingers crossed!

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Posted by Jonathan Brown
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 9, 2020 at 10:17 am

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Please explain the basis for your arbitrary decisions! Your lack of transparency and logic are causing people to ignore all aspects of your edicts, even the sensible ones. And when will things like using playgrounds and playing an outdoor softball game be allowed? The way these rules read, that's never going to be allowed again even in Tier 4. Plus there's zero enforcement of any of these rules allowing the rule-breakers to benefit at everyone else's expense. "Frustrating" doesn't even come close to adequately describing the current feelings of County residents. A path towards something more permanent is desperately needed, with much more targeted restrictions and sensible precautions.
"Despite satisfying the state's conditions for reopening indoor operations of restaurants, places of worship and movie theaters, the county will continue prohibiting those sectors until case rates are lower.... County Counsel James Williams did not say why those businesses won't be allowed to resume indoor operations or provide a timeline for when they might be able to welcome customers back inside. Williams said the county wants to see a lower case rate, but he was not aware if the county aimed to meet a certain threshold."

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Sep 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

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Don't you think that if people were more fastidious about following the rules the number of infections would be dropping faster? How is people breaking the rules an advantage to them? They are risking getting themselves, their friends and family sick. If you see a business violating the rules, report them to the county. We all want to reduce restrictions, but the ability to do that correlates with the amount of personal responsibility everyone takes.

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Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 9, 2020 at 9:21 pm

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I think the reason for not opening restaurants, churches, and movie theaters is because it is hard to wear masks! In churches you are singing, in restaurants, you are talking and eating and in movie theaters, you are eating, and because it is dark, probably not wearing your mask. It's a public health issue.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 11, 2020 at 12:36 am

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People have this fantasy that somehow the virus can be stopped from spreading. Well, it can't. It's like a car pointing downhill. No matter how long you put the brakes on, it's going to start rolling again and will eventually get to the bottom.

People have this other fantasy that risk can be eliminated. Well that is also false.

All we're doing with these restrictions now is adding damage and prolonging it. People who are vulnerable should take care... as always. Everyone else needs to have the choice to live their lives.

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Posted by Me 2
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 11, 2020 at 9:45 am

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Moving to red is better than nothing.

Still, we have no visibility into what the COVID-19 testing setup is. Most machines across the country have been set to be too sensitive, inflating infection numbers. (Cycle Threshold should be set to no more than 33, but many machines have been set to 40).

Until we know what the real testing results are for California we have to suspect that the COVID-19 infection numbers are overstated.

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Posted by Henry22
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2020 at 12:20 pm

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What about the public libaries?? The fact they have been closed this long is a travesty. Our idiotic governor, smh.

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Sep 15, 2020 at 7:50 pm

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The virus is propimarily spread person to person. Reducing contacts reduces dpread. You comment is not very thoughtful.


You can take BookShout of the library and there are many online library services. Indoor spaces are difficult to maintain social distancing and a library has many surfaces that woul be difficult to keep sanitized.

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