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

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

The group, made up of 15 chambers of commerce and dozens of elected officials and small businesses, is demanding that the county work with the business community to find ways to safely reopen sectors of the economy that have been closed or curtailed during the coronavirus pandemic. The coalition took particular aim at county restrictions that under new state guidelines can now be lifted but remain in effect, such as indoor dining.

At a virtual press conference Monday, Silicon Valley Organization President Matt Mahood said COVID-19 isn’t expected to go away any time soon, but keeping a significant part of the economy shut down is not a solution. Small businesses and the working poor simply won’t survive the crisis

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