Additional Business Closures
Additional business closures are in effect, as San Mateo County was placed on the State’s COVID-19 monitoring list due to a local increase in the virus. Failure to comply with State and County Health Orders is now punishable by criminal or civil penalties. San Mateo County created a new enforcement tool for violations of the COVID-19 Health Orders. Commercial entities risk a minimum fine of $250 and a maximum of $3,000 per violation depending on the gravity of the health risk, prior warnings, and any good faith efforts to comply. If you wish to report a businesses that is not complying with COVID regulations within the City of San Mateo, please use the online report form (www.cityofsanmateo.org/covidcomplaints
) or hotline at (650) 522-7011.
Unless the following businesses sectors can modify operations to occur outdoors and comply with local regulations, the following industries or activities must close indoor operations as of Sunday Aug. 2:
Businesses wishing to operate outdoors must follow the State’s industry guidance for counties on the monitoring list, and comply with City zoning restrictions.
- 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
*NEW* Guidelines for Personal Services and Gym & Fitness Personal Services:
Limited personal care services and haircuts can occur outdoors on private property, so long as they comply with the City’s new Outdoor Personal Care Services Guidelines
and don’t interfere with other activities such as outdoor dining. Gym & Fitness:
Gym and fitness businesses can now apply for a permit to offer recreation classes in City parks. Interested businesses should review the requirements
to operate and submit the Outdoor Facility/Space Reservation Request Form
Reminder: Operating Businesses Must Display Documents
Businesses operating in San Mateo County must complete, display, and share all the documents below with vendors and customers at all public entrances. Business owners should review this presentation and webinar video recording for more information about the display requirements.
Post this placard at all public entrances, list your local law enforcement agency in the department fields of this document, and include the Point of Contact information for the business.
2) Social Distancing Protocol (Health Officer Order Appendix A)
The Social Distancing Protocol must be reviewed, signed, and displayed in your business. The document is available in multiple languages (English
3) Health and Safety Signage
Post health and safety signage templates or a sign with equivalent information that lists all COVID-19 symptoms, 6-foot social distancing, sneeze and cough etiquette, physical contact etiquette, and face-covering requirement at every public entrance. Templates are available in multiple languages (English
, and Chinese
Additionally, all businesses in operation must develop a Health and Safety Plan
. Refer to https://covid19.ca.gov/
to find industry-specific guidance for your business. Develop a Health and Safety Plan or industry-specific checklist if applicable. The Health and Safety Plan should be shared with personnel and posted for all personnel to see.