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Apr 04

Latest health order includes new requirements for essential businesses

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 5:01 pm by Clay Curtin

On March 31, 2020, County of San Mateo Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow, along with along with 6 other Bay Area public health officers, extended the stay-at-home order through May 3, 2020, to preserve critical hospital capacity across the region.

One key directive of the new stay-at-home order includes specific requirements for essential businesses that are continuing to operate under the order. No later than the end of day on April 2, 2020, operating businesses must prepare and post a “Social Distancing Protocol” for each of their facilities frequented by the public or employees. A template has been provided to ease compliance with this directive. The completed protocol must be displayed at or near entrances and also a copy shall be provided to each employee. The protocol should include the following information on business operations if applicable:
  • Measures to limit the number of people entering the facility at one time
  • Location of lines to enter the facility and six-foot markers to maintain social distancing
  • Provision of hand sanitizer, soap and water, or other disinfectants in appropriate areas for the public and employees
  • Implementation of contactless payment systems
  • Regular sanitization of high-touch surfaces
  • Social distancing signage and all other social distancing measures implemented
Businesses are encouraged to review the County’s Frequently Asked Questions for the stay-at-home order as well for additional information.

There are many assistance programs and resources available for guidance to businesses impacted by COVID-19.
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