State Loosens Restrictions in San Mateo County
County moves to Red Tier, Officials Urge Continued Safety Precautions
As San Mateo County’s COVID-19 positivity rate and other metrics improve, the state of California today announced the wider reopening of businesses and certain activities in the county.
As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (a minute after midnight,) San Mateo County moves from the most-restrictive purple Tier 1 to red Tier 2 in the state’s four-tier, color-coded reopening plan.
The move allows changes for numerous types of businesses: restaurants can resume indoor dining with modifications; gyms can open indoors with modifications; and retail and shopping centers can increase capacity.
The county progressed to the red tier due to two metrics, calculated by the state: The case rate has fallen to 5.6 percent and the health equity quartile positivity rate to 3.7 percent. Everyone's cooperation to follow safety precautions is critical. COVID-19 testing remains an important metric in a county's ability to reopen. Learn more about COVID-19 testing and the ongoing roll out of the vaccine in San Mateo County.
What's Allowed Under Red Tier
- Restaurants indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- All retail indoors (max 50% capacity)
- Shopping centers, swap meets indoors (max 50% capacity, closed common areas, reduced capacity food courts)
- Personal care services – hair and nail salons, barbershops (open with modifications)
- Museums, zoos and aquariums (max 25% capacity)
- Places of worship (max 25% capacity)
- Movie theaters indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
- Gyms and fitness centers indoors (max 10% capacity)
- Family entertainment centers (kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages) outdoors only with modifications
- Bars, breweries and distilleries where no meals are served must remain closed
- And more
The California Department of Public Health has a breakdown of what's allowed in each tier. All businesses are required to follow industry-specific guidance. You can easily search for an extensive list of what’s open in San Mateo County at any given time on the State’s Blueprint web page.
If you wish to report a businesses that is not complying with COVID regulations, please visit the County's COVID-19 business compliance task force web page.
Note on School Operations: Decisions on public school operations are made by local school boards in consultation with the San Mateo County Office of Education. Individuals interested in the potential impact on schools should contact local school districts.