The state of California announced that effective at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2021, San Mateo County will be in the less restrictive “orange tier” which allows the easing of certain restrictions and most indoor businesses to operate with modifications.
The shift to Orange Tier comes one year to the day of the Bay Area’s first stay-at-home order. The last time San Mateo county was in the less-restrictive Orange Tier in the state’s four-tier, color-coded reopening plan was October 2020.
The county moved to the Orange Tier or “moderate” tier due to two metrics calculated by the state:
With the move to Orange Tier, the following is now allowed:
Places of worship
Offices (nonessential businesses)
Bars/breweries (where no meal provided)
Gyms and fitness centers, including indoor pools
Family entertainment centers
Amusement parks and theme parks
Smaller parks can open with modifications
Hotels, lodging and short-term lodging rentals
Museums, zoos and aquariums
Businesses can review the state’s industry guidance for specific requirements.
SchoolsCalifornia has updated the guidance and framework for reopening K-12 schools for in-person learning for the 2020-21 school year. Learn more in the K-12 schools reopening framework and guidance. Individuals interested in the potential impact on local schools should contact local school districts.
Youth and adult recreational sportsFollow state guidance for youth and recreational sports, including school-based, club and recreational programs, and adult recreational sports including limitations for competitions.