San Mateo County falls back to the more restrictive red Tier 2 effective Tuesday, November 17, 2020. This is in reference to the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan, which limits indoor dining as well as capacity and other limits are placed on businesses and activities.
Following an increase in coronavirus cases, the state of California moved San Mateo County back from the Orange Tier (Tier 3) where the risk level from the virus is considered “moderate” to “substantial” under the Red Tier (Tier 2). The setback affects a wide sector of businesses and adds to the urgency for all of us to follow health guidelines and not mix households indoors.
San Mateo County’s shift from the Orange Tier to the Red Tier is due to the increase in the county’s adjusted case rate, which is now 5.7 daily new cases per 100,000 population. That is more than double the adjusted case rate of 2.2 per 100,000 population from the November 9 tier determination.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced San Mateo County and numerous other counties across California have regressed due to rising case counts and other metrics. He cautioned that further restrictions may be implemented – including a potential curfew – if case counts do not come down.
To slow the spread of the virus, all businesses, organizations, child care facilities, schools and other operations that are allowed to open under the state’s COVID-19 blueprint must follow industry-specific health guidelines and adhere to local health orders that mandate face coverings and social distancing.
The following is a brief outline of restrictions that take effect Tuesday in San Mateo County:
Places of worship
Indoor shopping, gyms, movie theaters, hair salons and barber shops
The county’s transition back to the Red Tier (Tier 2) does not affect the operation of schools. Schools have been following the Pandemic Recovery Framework that involves layers of safety measures, and those in the county that have students back on campus for instruction and other activities are not experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19 and will continue to serve students on campus.
Given the value to students of in-person learning and engagement, schools should continue to follow their reopening plans and provide students with instruction and other activities on campus.
Family entertainment centers and playgrounds
Summary of Red Tier (Tier 2)
See the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy for details by business sector and activity.