Business Information for San Mateo County Under Regional Stay at Home Order
As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge and ICU capacity declines, San Mateo and 10 other Bay Area counties are under a mandatory Regional Stay Home Order that takes effect Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m until Thursday, January 7, 2021 unless extended by the State.
Starting Friday, restaurants are prohibited from offering indoor and outdoor dining and can offer only take-out and delivery. Additional businesses and activities must close, including salons, barbershops, and personal services. Retail stores can remain open at 20 percent capacity. Stand-alone grocery stores can remain open at 35 percent capacity.
The City does not intend to remove the parklet and street closure barricades at this time. The City asks for your cooperation in compliance with the Stay At Home Order and request owners to put away outdoor dining furniture in order to discourage public gatherings.
For more information on the Regional Stay At Home Order visit https://tinyurl.com/SMCOVID2020
Report businesses that not complying with COVID regulations visit https://tinyurl.com/ReportBiz2020
Food Service Delivery Fees Capped
On November 17, 2020, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved an emergency regulation to cap commissions and fees charged by third-party food delivery at 15% of the cost of an order and non-deliveries at 10% per order. The cap applies County-wide for businesses who use delivery services such as Uber Eats, Grubhub, Doordash and other providers. The rule will remain in effect until June 30, 2021 or the end of the local emergency due to COVID-19.
Restaurants should review commission charges and seek refunds directly from third-party food delivery providers.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 522-7009.
As a reminder the State of California Employment Development Department has a multitude of support services for people who have been unemployed, their work hours reduced, or their businesses affected due to COVID-19.
To file for unemployment claims, please visit https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
The State of California created a one-stop resource helping to match job seekers with work opportunities. Visit Onward California at https://onwardca.org
Commercial Tenant Protections
To help small businesses through the pandemic, the City passed an emergency ordinance in March 2020 banning certain commercial evictions for non-payment of rent due to COVID between the months of April 2020-September 2020
. Repayment period
Starting the month when the City’s State of Emergency is lifted, tenants will have a 12-month period to pay rent arrears culminated between April – September 2020. On the seventh month of the 12-month repayment period, tenants must start paying a minimum of 50% percent of the unpaid balance. Landlords are not allowed to charge late fees or surcharges to the outstanding balance.
For more information visithttps://www.cityofsanmateo.org/4284/Small-Business-Tenant-Protections-FAQ
Businesses Interruption Insurance
Do you have business interruption insurance? Have you been discouraged from filing a claim? Or have you received a denial letter from your insurance company? The State’s Department of Insurance can help you receive benefits that you deserve!
For more information visit https://tinyurl.com/CAHELP2020 or call the California Department of Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-927-4357.
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