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5/12/21 UPDATE: San Mateo County Moves to the State’s Yellow Tier

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The State of California’s plan called the Blueprint for a Safer Economy aims to reduce COVID-19. Each county falls into one of four color tiers – purple (widespread), red (substantial), orange (moderate), and yellow (minimal) based on the prevalence of COVID-19. The colors indicate how industry sectors can operate.

On May 12, 2021 (at 12:01 a.m.), San Mateo County moves to the least restrictive Yellow Tier. This means that unless indicated in the San Mateo County  Health Order, businesses and activities operate under the Yellow Tier.  

Please review the Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers document for more information on which activities and businesses are open in the four tiers.

Important Note: Tier assignments may occur any day of the week and may occur more than once a week. Please carefully review what activities and businesses are allowed under San Mateo County’s current assigned tier and keep alert for tier changes.

Moving to the Yellow Tier allows the following:

All Retail (including critical infrastructure, except standalone grocers)

Open indoors with modifications

Shopping Centers (malls, destination centers, swap meets) 

Open indoors with modifications

Reduced capacity food courts (see restaurant section)

Personal Care Services (nail salons, massage, body art, etc.) Open indoors with modifications
Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums

Open indoors with modifications

Movie Theaters 

Open indoors with modifications allowing a 50% maximum capacity 

Hotels and Lodging 

Open with modifications allowing fitness centers at 50% capacity 

Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms can open with modifications

Gyms and Fitness Centers

Open indoors with modifications allowing a maximum 50% capacity

Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms can open with modifications

Restaurants 

Open indoors with modifications allowing a maximum 50% capacity 

Wineries 

Where no meal provided- open indoors with modifications allowing a maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer 

If meal provided – follow restaurants guidance

Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries 

Where no meal provided – open indoors with modifications allowing a maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

If meal provided – follow restaurant guidance 

Family Entertainment Centers

Open indoors at 50% capacity with modifications

 75% capacity if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination 

100% masking except for food and beverage service

Food and beverage consumption must be restricted to designated areas separated from activity area

Yellow Tier gathering and event guidelines:

Outdoor Live Events (sporting events, concerts, etc. 

Outdoor live events with assigned seats & controlled mixing* are limited to 67% capacity

In-state visitors only

Indoor concessions in designated areas 

Private Events (meetings, receptions, conferences)

Outdoor gatherings with assigned seats & controlled mixing* are limited to 200 people (capacity increased to 400 people if all guests show negative COVID-19 test or show proof of full vaccination)

Outdoor Informal Gatherings Outdoor informal gatherings are limited to 100 people
Indoor Seated Live Events

In-state visitors only

Allowed with limited capacity and controlled mixing*

Venues with capacity 1-1,500 people are limited to 25% capacity or 300 people

Venues with capacity 1,501 people and up are limited to 10% or 2,000 people

Capacity for any venue increases to 50% if all guests show proof of negative COVID-19 test or full vaccination

*Controlled mixing is defined as: physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to in-state visitors.

For more information on San Mateo County’s return to the State’s Yellow Tier, read the County’s May 11, 2021 press release.

9/21/20: Blueprint for Safer Economy – New Plan with Revised Criteria for Activities and Businesses

The State of California has a new plan called the Blueprint for a Safer Economy for reducing COVID-19 with revised criteria on tightening and loosening activities to assess how movement affects the trajectory of the disease. Each County falls into one of four color tiers – purple (widespread) red (substantial), orange (moderate), and yellow (minimal) based on the prevalence of COVID-19. The colors indicate how sectors can operate.

Please review the Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers document to understand which activities and businesses are open in the four tiers.

To find out the status of activities and businesses in San Mateo County, please click here

Document Display Requirements for Businesses

Businesses operating in San Mateo County must complete, post, and share the first three documents with employees and customers at all entrances. The Health and Safety Plan listed below must be shared with and posted for employees.

For assistance on how to ensure your business is in compliance with COVID-19 safety requirements:
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1) Self-Certification Placard  – 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
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3)  Health and Safety Signage English | Español | 中文  – Post these signs 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.

4) Health and Safety PlanRefer to your business type below for industry-specific guidance materials.  Develop a Health & Safety Plan (or complete an industry-specific Checklist), share with, and post for all personnel. If you are not regulated by Environmental Health Services, visit covid19.ca.gov for industry-specific guidance resources, the “Other Businesses” tab below, or contact the State agency that regulates your business.

Frequently Asked Questions for Businesses 

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Food Facilities

Expanded Personal Care Services (Body Art, Nails, Massage, Skin Care)

Housing

Pools

Hazardous Materials (CUPA)

If you own or manage a business with onsite personnel or customers, you are required to follow the industry-specific guidance and develop a Health and Safety Plan (or use the appropriate Checklist).  This requirement also applies to public sector facilities. The Health and Safety Plan or equivalent Checklist (found below) must be shared and posted where it is readily visible to all personnel.

Industry Type

Link to Industry Guidance

Link to Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Auto Dealers

Industry Guidance        

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Biotechnology

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Construction

Industry Guidance       

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Farms

Industry Guidance         

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Manufacturing

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Retail

Industry Guidance   

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Warehouses

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Restaurants 

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries (that do not serve meals)

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Wineries and Tasting Rooms (that do not serve meals)

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Movie Theaters

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Massage, Nail Salons, Body Art

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Checklist

Hair Salons and Barbershops

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Hotels, Lodging, Short Term Rentals

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Campgrounds

Industry Guidance

Template Health and Safety Plan Checklist is not available at this time

Office Buildings Industry Guidance 

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Additional CUPA Program documents and resources.

Medical Waste

Industry Type

Link to Industry Guidance

Link to Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Biotechnology Industry Guidance Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist
Manufacturing Industry Guidance Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist
Warehouses Industry Guidance Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Land Use, Septic and Drilling

Backflow Testing

Solid Waste

Industry Type Industry Guidance

Link to Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Manufacturing Industry Guidance Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist
Warehouses Industry Guidance Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Other Businesses

Any business that is NOT regulated by San Mateo County Environmental Health Services must contact the agency that regulates them for industry-specific guidance or visit covid19.ca.gov.

If you own or manage a business and have onsite personnel or customers, you are required to follow industry-specific guidance and complete a Health and Safety Plan. An industry-specific checklist may be available here or on the State’s website that will serve as the Health and Safety Plan. This requirement also applies to public sector facilities. The Health and Safety Plan (or Checklists) must be shared and posted where it is readily visible to all personnel.

Industry Type

Link to Industry Guidance

Link to Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Auto Dealers

Industry Guidance        

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Biotechnology

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Construction

Industry Guidance       

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Family Entertainment Centers

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Farms

Industry Guidance         

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Fitness/Gyms

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Manufacturing

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Retail

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Shopping Centers

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Warehouses

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Movie Theaters

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Massage, Nail Salons, Body Art

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Hair Salons and Barbershops

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Delivery Services

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Limited Services that do not require close customer contact (auto repair, car wash, dog grooming)

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

Office Workspaces

Industry Guidance

Required Health and Safety Plan Checklist

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