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July 29, 2020 4:40 PM

San Mateo County Added to State's Monitoring List

San Mateo County was added to the State’s COVID-19 monitoring list and due to it remaining on it for more than three consecutive days, specific indoor businesses must now cease operations, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.

Unless they can modify their operations to occur outdoors and comply with local regulations, the following industries or activities must close as of Sunday Aug. 2:

• Hair salons and barbershops
• Gyms and fitness centers
• Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
• Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
• Personal care services, like nail salons and body waxing
• Shopping malls

Businesses wishing to operate outdoors must follow the State’s industry guidance for counties on the monitoring list, and comply with City zoning restrictions. Current City zoning restrictions do not allow outdoor operations of businesses that only have permits to operate indoors, which includes nail and hair salons. We recognize our business community is hurting, and are currently evaluating options to adjust local regulations to allow limited outdoor personal care services and haircuts. We are also considering options to permit private outdoor gym or recreation classes in our parks. We will provide further information as soon as it is available about when these activities may be allowed.

If you wish to report a businesses that is not complying with COVID regulations within the City of San Mateo, please contact our Code Enforcement Division at (650) 522-7150 or

Additional business closures are also in effect as of the July 13 statewide orders. This includes:
• Indoor dining at restaurants (outdoor dining is still allowed)
• Wineries and tasting rooms (indoor)
• Movie theaters (indoor)
• Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades) (indoor)
• Zoos and museums (indoor)
• Cardrooms (indoor)
• Bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations (except those offering dine-in meals outdoors, and alcohol can only be served in conjunction with food)

Shops offering tattoos, piercings and electrolysis may not be operated outdoors and must close.

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