Updated COVID Signage Requirements

By: MADISON DAVIS, CEO/President, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, madison@brisbanechamber.org, 415-467-7283


Register Now: Webinar Outlining Necessary COVID-19 Signage/ Documentation for Businesses

As the state continues to refine requirements for businesses, the display documents necessary for staying operational also evolve. Our county health department is hosting a webinar in conjunction with SAMCEDA and our SMC County Chambers of Commerce on July 23rd at 9 AM to walk you through all the required documents you must have in order to remain open. The webinar will be lead by Heather Forshey, Director of Environmental Health Services of San Mateo County Health. Please register here in advance to receive the meeting credentials.


Can My Business Stay Open?


As you may be aware, the Governor issued a mandate earlier this month requiring certain businesses close their doors. In counties with higher than a 5% positivity rate, another set of business types must also close. Here at the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce we have heard confusion about whether certain businesses can stay open so we thought it would be helpful to outline which businesses must close and when.

Businesses that the Governor has ordered to close:

  • Dine-In restaurants (outdoor seating and takeout still ok)
  • Wineries and Tasting Rooms (outdoor tastings still ok)
  • Movie Theaters (drive-in/outdoor theaters are ok)
  • Indoor family entertainment centers
  • Indoor Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Indoor and Outdoor Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs


Businesses that must close if positivity rate > 5%

  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Churches and Places of Worship
  • Cultural Ceremonies like Weddings and Funerals
  • Indoor Malls
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Personal Services like nail salons, waxing, and tattoo parlors
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors


As of now, San Mateo County is the only county in the Bay Area at the 5% threshold. All other counties have higher positivity rates and thus all businesses listed above are closed. However, SMC county’s positivity rate is at exactly 5% at the time of this email. What we know is that it is highly likely that our rate will increase due to a decrease in available COVID-19 tests. This means that in order to receive a test from the state’s partner, Verily, one must be presenting symptoms, have been exposed, or work on the frontlines. As a result Verily will test 500 people a day in San Mateo County compared to the 1000 a day it had been testing previously and the tested population will have a higher likelihood of having COVID-19 because of the qualification parameters. This means our positivity rate will almost certainly increase above 5.0% forcing businesses mentioned above to close as well.


Donate Blood in Brisbane!


Located in Brisbane, Vitalant, our community blood bank, is looking for donors. COVID-19 has greatly impacted the blood supply as over 2,000 blood drives have been cancelled. This has resulted in a blood shortage and Vitalant is seeking local donors to support hospitals and patients in Northern California. Treatments and procedures previously postponed are now being rescheduled yet the blood supply has not caught up to meet the increased demand, which is expected to continue to grow over the coming months.


Vitalant will be holding blood drives every month at their facility located at 400 Valley Drive. Your next opportunity to donate is July 25th from 10am-3pm. To schedule your appointment please visit bloodheroes.com and click “donate.” Then enter the sponsor code: Brisbanecommunity or enter our zip code: 94005. The donation process takes about an hour and extra safety precautions have been taken. Scheduling an appointment helps to ensure social distancing is maintained and all staff and donors are required to wear masks. Temperatures are checked upon arrival and extra sanitizing and disinfecting practices are performed throughout the donation process.


All blood samples will be screened for COVID-19 antibodies and you will be notified if your plasma can be used to help others battling the virus. For more information on this test visit: vitalant.org/antibodytest