On Monday November 16th, Governor Newsom announced multiple counties throughout the state would be moved to more restrictive tiers as COVID-19 cases spike. This included San Mateo County, who has been moved from the orange tier to the red tier. In a matter of a week, San Mateo County’s case rate jumped from 2.2 (per 100k) to 5.7 (per 100k). Previously, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy was structured so that a county would not be moved to a more restrictive tier unless it had met the numbers of that tier for 2 weeks. However, the Governor has essentially “pulled the emergency brake” and moved over two dozen counties to more restrictive tiers immediately. At any time, San Mateo County may be moved into the purple tier which is the most restrictive.
The following is a breakdown of what is allowed under the red category:
Open Indoors with Modifications: Body Waxing, Electrologists, Estheticians, Massage Therapy, Nail Salons, Piercing Shops, Schools for in-person instruction, Skin Care Services, Tattoo Parlors (Plus all other sectors allowed in purple)
Open Indoors with 10% Capacity: Dance Studios, Gyms and Fitness Centers, Yoga Studios
Open Indoors with 25% Capacity (Most with a Max of 100 people): Aquariums, Cultural Ceremonies, Higher Education Lectures and Student Gatherings, Movie Theaters, Museums, Places of Worship, Restaurants for Dine-In, Wedding Ceremonies, Zoos
Indoors with 50% Capacity: All Retail, Florists, Libraries, Shopping Malls, Grocery Stores
Open Outdoors: Wineries
Ordered to Close: Non-essential offices, indoor cardrooms, bars/breweries/distilleries (without food)
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