Santa Clara County relaxes COVID-19 health directives

SAN JOSE – After months of having some of the strictest COVID-19 shutdown rules in the state, Santa Clara County appears to be dropping its go-it-alone approach.

Officials on Thursday said they are loosening restrictions on outdoor activities, including youth sports, and when the county is moved to the state’s Red Tier, possibly as soon as Wednesday, indoor gatherings and indoor dining will be allowed again.

The changes are a result of a wider rollout of vaccinations as well as declining case rates and hospitalizations, officials said, but they also signal the county is adopting the state’s coronavirus recommendations. Some critics have railed against the county

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