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Posted on: June 22, 2020

6/22/2020 - New San Mateo County health order aligns with State Resilience Roadmap

Before last week, the County of San Mateo determined what was considered essential, when and how businesses should open, and other safety protocols. Under a new health order issued last week (effective June 17), the County of San Mateo rescinded the former shelter-in-place order and immediately aligned itself with the State of California’s Resilience Roadmap.

The information below is organized by State, County and City in an effort to help you understand the source of current restrictions and protocols. Since this can change from day to day, you are encouraged to check relevant source information as questions arise.

State of California

Face coverings are now mandatory statewide. The state public health department issued new guidance that requires face coverings to be worn when in public statewide (including all counties) and when you can’t maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from people outside of your household. This statewide guidance requires everyone to wear face coverings in high-risk situations including:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter any indoor public space
  • Getting services at a doctor’s office, hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, dental office, veterinary clinic or blood bank
  • Waiting for, driving or riding public transportation or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Interacting with any member of the public and walking through hallways, stairways or parking facilities
  • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others

You can read the complete guidelines for face coverings online. As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released best practices for wearing and cleaning your face covering.

The State of California has established a Resilience Roadmap with four stages. The State determines, based on various public health criteria, when and how each county may reopen.

On June 16, 2020, the State approved San Mateo County’s variance plan, which allows San Mateo County to move forward with the State as it allows additional activities and businesses. In response, on June 17, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow issued a new health order to align the County of San Mateo with Governor Gavin Newsom’s 4-stage Resilience Roadmap.

State resources

County of San Mateo

Instead of defining what can and cannot be opened, the County has shifted its focus to the education and prevention of risky behavior.

The latest San Mateo County health order states: "this order provides for certain additional behavioral restrictions to ensure continued social distancing and limit person-to-person contact to reduce the rate of transmission of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”)."

Additional County of San Mateo requirements:

  1. The County requires continued social distancing and face covering requirements. 
  2. Gatherings under 50 people are allowed as long as individuals wear masks and maintain social distancing. 
  3. Social bubbles are allowed. 
  4. Businesses must implement and produce a Social Distancing Protocol and a written health and safety plan compliant with State guidance. 

Detailed definitions of these requirements, including the definition of a Social Bubble, are provided on pages 5-10 of the order.

The County’s shelter-in-place order could become mandatory again if we have a surge that hospitals cannot handle. It is up to the public to be responsible.

County resources

City of Menlo Park

City facilities are still closed to the public. The City of Menlo Park continues to evaluate how we can maintain services to the community at this time. Continue to check the City’s COVID-19 webpage for updates and changes to city services.

City of Menlo Park local orders:

The City’s local orders are generally consistent with the countywide and statewide orders. On any issue where the orders may differ, the stricter order applies.

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Contact: Public Engagement Manager Clay Curtin
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