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Business community calls on Santa Clara County to ease public health restrictions

Original post made on Sep 14, 2020

A coalition of business leaders across the county is calling on public health officials to loosen COVID-19 restrictions that they say have crippled businesses for the last six months.

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Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 14, 2020 at 5:13 pm

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I listened to Dr. Jeff Smith who on Sunday spoke about Santa Clara County's regulations on Supervisor Joe Simitian's Town Hall. I agree with the county executive and Dr. Cody that we do not want indoor dining at this time. Just take a cold fish eye look at Georgia and other states where that is allowed. Look at the close gatherings of young people especially at schools like Northeastern in Boston where students would not agree to follow the rules. Now we have spikes at many campuses. We all want to go to a restaurant and bar. These are hard times but we have to adhere to the prudent guidance of our public health officials.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 14, 2020 at 7:37 pm

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How about localizing the stats? Santa Clara County, for example, is large geographically as well as highly populated. But continuing to penalize the extreme north county, (such as Palo Alto), because there are challenges in East San Jose seems unnecessary.
We have no control over their crowded settings, immigrant status and compliance with quarantining, etc. I read that these ARE challenges in that region and I am sorry about it, but do not agree the business community and resident population of downtown Palo Alto should be held responsible for a section of San Jose that’s 25 odd miles away.


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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Sep 14, 2020 at 8:06 pm

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Resident,

There are no wall between the cities in the Bay Area. You mention East San Jose but you don't mention East Palo Alto or East Menlo Park. You also don't mention the safety of the workers as well as the customers. The workers are exposed to hundreds of customers a day. Even if the infection rate is low, that is a high degree of exposure.

You should also rethink how "safe" Palo Alto is. Its infection rate is more than double that of Cupertino. There is a lot of unsafe and careless behavior in Palo Alto.


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Posted by Facts and Figures
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 14, 2020 at 9:56 pm

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@Chris,

You are right. Cupertino is extremely low, but you can do a zip code cut on the cumulative data from day 1, and Palo Alto is very low too, just not as low as Cupertino.


Only 18 zip codes in Santa Clara County were over 1% (1K/100K) in cumulative cases (about one week ago). And, the 2% areas (remember this is cumulative, from day one) are all in Southeast County.


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Posted by Schools not restaurants
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 14, 2020 at 10:01 pm

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I would much rather be talking about getting our kids back in school than getting diners back in restaurants. Getting kids back in school will help kids, parents, and their employers. But there's no lobbyist for kids and families.

For the record, I think it's a very bad idea to have people eating in restaurants right now. It is absolutely unnecessary and it is complicated to make safe. I hope Cody et al stay tough on this one.


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Posted by Corine
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 15, 2020 at 1:00 am

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It's about time people stood up for their livelihoods and, frankly, ordinary life. The virus is not going away and we have to live with it, just like we live with other risks. If you are afraid of dining in restaurants, then don't go. Stay home and live your brave new normal.

If fear of c19 makes restaurants clean up more and space out the tables more, then that just makes it all that more pleasant. Piling people on top of each other has never been sanitary.

Most people get over c19 just fine, if they even get sick. Those who are vulnerable can take precautions as they should have been doing anyway.

We should be reopening schools as well -- if we had to choose, that should be the priority, but the workers in that industry (teachers) aren't forming a coalition in favor of it.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 15, 2020 at 8:00 am

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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2020 at 11:14 am

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Corine couldn't have stated it any better. It's time to begin a return to normal and those that are fearful should avoid what they are fearful of.


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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 15, 2020 at 11:28 am

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Posted by Judy Buttrill
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 15, 2020 at 11:55 am

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If you want to partition different areas off and make decisions based on their cases per 100K, look at 94301 vs the rest of Palo Alto. That is where many of the bars and restaurants that would open inside are located, and we have a higher rate than the rest of the city. It could easily get much worse if bars and restaurants are allowed to open inside.
I realize our numbers are not that high, but remember when someone said, "there are only 15 cases, and soon it will be zero." We need to be careful!


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Posted by form a new county
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 15, 2020 at 12:47 pm

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Can we form a new county jettisoning San Jose? San Jose can be like San Francisco then, which they always wanted to be (sort of).


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