Starting at midnight Sunday Aug. 2, San Mateo County is on the state COVID-19 monitoring list which will result in additional indoor businesses and activities shutting down unless they can operate outside or by pick up, according to a county alert.
After two weeks of successfully remaining off the state COVID-19 watchlist, county officials told business owners to prepare for closures as of Aug. 1. The county was placed on a monitoring list Wednesday for a three-day assessment of its case count numbers.
State guidelines require maintaining a 14 day average of less than 100 positive cases per 100,000 residents and keeping changes in hospitalization below 10% based on a three day average. The county’s case rate, based on a 14-day rolling average, is 110.4 positive cases per 100,000 population.
The additional restrictions require closures of hair salons, barbershops, other personal care services, gyms, malls, offices of nonessential businesses and places of worship, including weddings and funerals. Many indoor establishments, including restaurants, museums, zoos and theaters, have been shuttered following a July 13 state mandate.
Officials continue to implore residents to social distance, remaining at least 6 feet apart from others. Locals are also encouraged to hand wash and sanitize regularly while following the state mandated face coverings requirement.
Information about the County of San Mateo’s response to COVID-19 is at www.smcgov.org.