Reopening Updates

The Stay at Home Order allows, with safety precautions:

Critical infrastructure (when remote option is not possible)
Non-urgent medical and dental care
Child care and pre-K

Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.

Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20 percent capacity, and 35 percent of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.

Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 20 percent capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.

Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.

Restaurants: Allow only for take-out or delivery.

Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.

Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.

Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.

Visit the state’s website to find the status of permitted business operations and activities in San Mateo County.

The following must close:

Hair salons and barbershops
Personal care services
Museums, zoos, and aquariums
Movie theaters (except drive-in)
Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries (with exception for production, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sale for off-site consumption)
Family entertainment centers
Cardrooms and satellite wagering
Live audience sports
Amusement parks

What County-Specific Restrictions Are Still in Effect?

Face Coverings: With specified exceptions (including but not limited to certain individuals, specified activities or locations and Social Bubbles), individuals must continue to wear Face Coverings as described in the Order.  In general, even when not required by this Order, individuals (except for children aged two years or less) are strongly encouraged to wear Face Coverings when in public. 

Social Distancing Requirements: With specified exceptions (including, but not limited to, Social Bubbles), all individuals must adhere to Social Distancing requirements as set forth in the Order.

Social Distancing Protocols for Businesses: All businesses permitted to continue operations are required to post a Social Distancing Protocol for each of their facilities in the County frequented by personnel or members of the public, as specified in the Order. Social Distancing Protocol: English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog.

Health and Safety Plans for Businesses: The Order requires all businesses to develop, implement and share detailed written Health & Safety Plans that demonstrate how they will comply with the detailed State guidance for that business.

Other Orders: Individuals and businesses must comply with all other Orders by the Health Officer (for example, quarantine, isolation, laboratory and congregate care). These Orders can be found here: Health Officer Orders and Statements.

State Industry-Specific Guidance (Earlier sectors)

State Industry-Specific Guidance (Later sectors)

For Individuals: What Can I Do?

Follow State guidance: You may engage in all activities allowed by the State. Continue to monitor State guidance for prohibited activities: State Guidance

Monitor your health: Under CDC guidelines, individuals who are experiencing fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms should stay home except to get medical care. This can prevent transmission of COVID-19 to others. If you’re not sure if this applies to you, check your symptoms with the CDC’s Symptom Screener.

Be safe: Crowded settings, especially those indoors, increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Comply with the County’s Face Covering Order, stay 6 feet away from others, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as frequently as necessary. Higher-risk individuals (over 65 or with serious medical conditions) should consider continuing to stay home until Stage 4. Minimize errands by getting groceries delivered or asking for help from friends or family.

Access community resources:People who are experiencing homelessness or unsafe living conditions where they cannot afford safe shelter are encouraged to try to stay with family or friends, identify housing options, or access emergency resources such as shelter. They can also call 211 or one of the Core Service Agencies located throughout San Mateo County: San Mateo County Core Service Agencies

Where can I get more information?

The County has additional information for the General Public, Healthcare Providers, regarding Children, Older Adults, Face Coverings and businesses regulated by Environmental Health, which can be found here: and here: