San Mateo County Reopening

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

May 12: San Mateo County is now in the state's least restrictive Tier 4 (Yellow).
 

Based on the local “risk” level, as of May 12, 2021, San Mateo County is in Tier 4 (Yellow) of the state’s four-tiered, color-coded reopening system. The most restrictive rules apply to Tier 1 (Purple) and the least restrictive to Tier 4 (Yellow). The Tier 4 designation allows many indoor businesses and activities to reopen or expand. See below for what is allowed.

In summary:

  • For fully vaccinated persons, face coverings are not required outdoors except when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events or other similar settings.
  • For unvaccinated persons, face coverings are required outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained, including when attending crowded outdoor events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events or other similar settings.
  • In indoor settings outside of one's home, including public transportation, face coverings continue to be required regardless of vaccination status, with certain exceptions.

Reopening Updates

The following is allowed in Tier 4 (Yellow):
 

Amusement parks and theme parks: Can open with modifications

  • Max capacity 35%
  • Indoor spaces max 25% capacity
  • In-state visitors only

Bars (where no meals provided): Can open indoors and outdoors with modifications

  • Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Capacity may increase to 37.5% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination

Breweries (where no meals provided): Can open indoors and outdoors with modifications

  • Max 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer
  • Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination

Dine-in restaurants: Can open indoors with modifications

  • Max 50% capacity

Family entertainment centers: Can open indoors or outdoors with modifications

  • Max 50% capacity
  • Max 75% capacity if all guests test negative or show proof of full vaccination
  • 100% masking indoors except for food and beverage services
  • Food/beverage service in designated areas only
  • Includes bowling alleys
  • Can open outdoors with modifications for activities like kart racing, mini golf and batting cages

Gyms & fitness centers, including indoor pools: Can open indoors with modifications

  • Max 50% capacity (including saunas, spas and steam rooms)
  • Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination
  • Indoor pools max 25% capacity
  • Climbing walls can open

Hotels, lodging and short-term lodging rentals: Can open with modifications

  • Fitness centers and spa facilities can open to 25% capacity

Movie theaters: Can open indoors with modifications

  • Max 50% capacity
  • Capacity may increase to 75% if all guests show proof of negative test or full vaccination

Museums, zoos and aquariums: Can open indoors with modifications

Offices (non-essential businesses): Can open indoors with modifications

  • Encourage working remotely

Places of worship: Can open indoors with modifications

  • Max 50% capacity (capacity limits are not mandatory but are strongly recommended)

Shopping malls: Can open indoors with modifications

  • Food Courts at 50% capacity maximum

Schools

  • Contact local school districts.

Youth and adult recreational sports


For further information by industry sector, visit the state’s Industry Guidance website.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in San Mateo County: https://www.smchealth.org/covidvaccine

Learn more about COVID-19 testing options in San Mateo County: https://www.smcgov.org/testing

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

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 in San Mateo County based on its Tier status as determined by the State. On May 12, 2021, the State placed San Mateo County in Tier 4 (yellow). See what is allowed in Tier 4 on the Reopening page.

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

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