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Menlo Park COVID-19 Pandemic News

Posted on: January 25, 2021

1/25/2021 - State lifts Regional Stay at Home Order, COVID-19 remains “Widespread”

On January 25, 2021, California lifted the Regional Stay At Home Order across the state – a welcome move for local businesses allowed to expand some indoor and outdoor operations.

Effective immediately, outdoor dining and personal services may resume with required modifications in San Mateo County. The County is not imposing additional local restrictions and remains in alignment with the State.

With certain restrictions lifted, the county returns to Tier 1 (Purple) in the state’s four-tier, color-coded system for loosening and tightening restrictions. The Tier 1 is the most restrictive as the COVID-19 virus is considered “widespread” in the community.

The state lifted the order as the Bay Area’s four-week intensive care unit (ICU) capacity projections are above 15 percent, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order.

The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limits nonessential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending.

The County of San Mateo follows all applicable California COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines and fully aligns with the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Current activity and business restrictions under Tier 1 (Purple)

Restaurants (dine in)

  • Outdoors only with modifications (takeout and delivery open with modifications)


  • Outdoors only with modifications
  • No more than three households

Places of Worship

  • Outdoor only with modifications

Movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, museums, zoos and aquariums

  • Outdoor only with modifications

Hair salons, barbershops, personal care services

  • Open indoors with modifications

All retail (except stand-alone grocers), shopping centers, malls, swap meets

  • Open indoors with modifications
  • Maximum 25 percent capacity
  • Closed common areas
  • Closed food courts

Nonessential offices

  • Remote only

Outdoor playgrounds/recreational facilities

  • Open with modifications

All businesses are required to follow industry-specific guidance.

While there are positive signs that the virus is spreading at a slower rate across the state, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. It is still critical that Californians continue to:

  • Wear masks outside the home
  • Maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid gatherings and mixing with other households
  • Follow all state and local health department guidance and get the vaccine when it's their turn

What’s open and what’s closed in each tier?

Review each county’s tier status on the California Department of Public Health’s website. 

As of Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, San Mateo County Health has reported 34,294 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 340 deaths.

Note: Tier assignments may occur any day of the week and may occur more than once a week when the California Department of Public Health determines that the most recent reliable data indicate that immediate action is needed to address COVID-19 transmission in a county.


Contact: Public Engagement Manager Clay Curtin
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