On Friday, Governor Newsom announced the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Effective August 31, this four-tiered, color-coded system replaces the former county monitoring list and is described as a “slow plan for living with COVID-19.”
"This Blueprint is statewide, stringent and slow,” said Governor Newsom. “We have made notable progress over recent weeks, but the disease is still too widespread across the state. COVID-19 will be with us for a long time and we all need to adapt. We need to live differently. And we need to minimize exposure for our health, for our families and for our communities.”
The Blueprint builds on lessons learned from the first six months of the disease – and the new scientific understanding that has been collected – to create a new system for regulating movement and COVID-19 transmissions. It includes:
Under the Blueprint, every county in California will now be assigned to one of four risk levels based upon the number of new daily cases of COVID-19 reported and the percentage of positive tests. The four color-coded risk levels include
At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving to a less restrictive level.
You can visit the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy website to check San Mateo County’s status and allowed activities every Tuesday, since officials review data weekly and update county tier status on Tuesdays. Each listing, by county and type of activity, includes industry-specific guidance.
San Mateo County’s status is currently Purple (Widespread), with 8.6 daily new positive cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people and a 4.8 percent positivity rate. If a county’s case rate and the positivity rate fall into different tiers, the county remains in the stricter tier.