Each county will fall into one of 4 color categories- purple (widespread), red (substantial), orange (moderate), yellow (minimal). Each category dictates how sectors of business may operate. In order to move to a lower category, counties not only need to achieve lower rates but also need to demonstrate how they are using resources to target communities and individuals that are at the highest risk. To move to a lower tier, counties must be able to meet that lower tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. Conversely, counties that fail to meet their existing tier’s criteria for 2 weeks must move to the next more restrictive tier. At any point, the state may use the “emergency brake” to immediately move a county to a more restrictive tier.
San Mateo County currently falls in the purple category (widespread), the most restrictive category. To find out if your business may be open/required modifications you must implement click here