San Mateo County to resume indoor dining, other business

San Mateo County has received the state’s approval to resume business for indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and hair salons as California continues to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the approval, San Mateo joins Napa, Sonoma, Solano, and Santa Cruz and as the only counties in the Bay Area to be open for indoor dining. Restaurants in Contra Costa County can start indoor dining on July 1, whereas the other counties are already open.

In May, Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined a process by which counties could reopen more quickly than other parts of the state if they met specific criteria. On Friday, San Mateo County applied for that approval, which was granted Tuesday.

“For our restaurants and other small businesses crippled by the economic impacts of this pandemic, this is the best news imaginable,” county Supervisor David J. Canepa in a statement. “It will be a balancing act between preserving public health and kickstarting our local economy. There are risks with every step we take and it will take all of us to take personal responsibility to stop the spread of the virus.”

These business operations must adhere to state health guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. That includes maintaining a six-foot distance between patrons and workers wearing face coverings.

San Mateo was one of the first California counties to implement shelter-in-place orders in March. After a spike of 82 new daily coronavirus-related cases in late April, total cases in the county have stabilized since the beginning of June, as the county is down to a seven-day average of 28 new cases per day.

Despite the plan to advance in reopening, San Mateo County will continue to adhere to social-distancing guidelines and make wearing face masks and avoiding large crowds required to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Author: Wes Goldberg