Outdoor restaurant dining, certain other activities allowed; local officials stress need to wear face coverings, follow health and safety guidelines
January 25, 2021
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    Redwood City – California this morning lifted the “Regional Stay At Home Order” across the state – a welcome move for local businesses allowed to expand some indoor and outdoor operations.

    Effective immediately, outdoor dining and personal services may resume with required modifications in San Mateo County. The County is not imposing additional local restrictions and remains in alignment with the State.

    With certain restrictions lifted, the county returns to purple Tier 1 in the state’s four-tier, color-coded system for loosening and tightening restrictions. The purple Tier 1 is the most restrictive as the COVID-19 virus is considered “widespread” in the community. 

    “This is encouraging news, but we must caution the public that COVID-19 is still very much widespread across the nation as nearly 420,000 Americans have died from the virus in less than a year,” said David J. Canepa, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

    “That being said, I’m ready to enjoy a meal outdoors again and certainly in need of a visit to the barber,” he said. “This is a huge sigh of relief for our struggling small businesses, but we’ve got a ways to go still before life returns to normal. Science and data tell us that wearing our masks stops the spread. So I will repeat once again, wear your damn masks.”

    The state lifted the order as the Bay Area’s four-week intensive care unit (ICU) capacity projections are above 15 percent, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order.

    The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending.

    The County of San Mateo follows all applicable California COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines and is fully aligned with the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

    Activity and Business Restrictions Under Purple Tier 1, according to State guidelines:

    Restaurants (Dine In)

    Outdoors only with modifications (takeout and delivery open with modifications)


    Outdoors only with modifications

    No more than three households

    Places of Worship

    Outdoor only with modifications

    Movie Theaters, Gyms and Fitness Centers, Museums, Zoos and Aquariums

    Outdoor only with modifications

    Hair Salons, Barbershops, Personal Care Services

    Open indoors with modifications

    All Retail (except stand-alone grocers), Shopping Centers, Malls, Swap Meets
    Open indoors with modifications

    Maximum 25% capacity

    Closed common areas

    Closed food courts

    Offices for Non-Essential Workers

    Remote only

    Outdoor Playgrounds/Recreational Facilities

    Open with modifications

    All businesses are required to follow industry-specific guidance.

    While there are positive signs that the virus is spreading at a slower rate across the state, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. It is still critical that Californians continue to:

    • Wear masks outside the home
    • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet
    • Wash hands frequently
    • Avoid gatherings and mixing with other households
    • Follow all state and local health department guidance and get the vaccine when it's their turn.

    What’s open and what’s closed in each tier? Find out on the California Department of Public Health’s website. Look at each county’s tier status here.

    As of Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, San Mateo County Health has reported 34,294 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 340 deaths.

    Note: Tier assignments may occur any day of the week and may occur more than once a week when the California Department of Public Health determines that the most recent reliable data indicate that immediate action is needed to address COVID-19 transmission in a county.

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