San Mateo County Added to
State’s Monitoring List
As of Wednesday, July 29, San Mateo County has been added to the State’s monitoring list based on an increase in local COVID-19 case data. Should the County remain on the State’s list for 3 consecutive days, additional businesses will have to close indoor operations beginning Saturday, Aug. 1. County officials believe that the local case rate will not decrease by Saturday and urge businesses and the community to prepare now for the additional restrictions.
If we remain on the list, the following industries or activities would have to close starting Aug. 1, unless they can modify their operations to occur outdoors:
- 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
- Indoor dining would no longer be allowed
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've established a permitting process for limited use of City parks for outdoor gym or recreation activities. We are currently evaluating whether to adjust any additional local zoning regulations, and will provide further information as soon as it is available.