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San Mateo County aims to further ease shelter-in-place restrictions

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San Mateo County says it is prepared under state guidelines to further ease COVID-19-related restrictions to allow for the reopening of dine-in restaurants, fitness gyms, hair salons and other businesses and activities.

In a 5-0 vote today, the Board of Supervisors voted to submit a variance request to the state to move to Stage 2 of California’s Resilience Roadmap on the grounds that San Mateo County has met the required benchmarks to further ease restrictions.

If the state approves the variance, the type of businesses that may be considered for reopening include: dine-in restaurants; hair salons and barber shops; family entertainment centers; restaurants, wineries and bars; zoos and museums; gyms and fitness centers; hotels (for tourism and individual travel); cardrooms; campgrounds and outdoor recreation; schools and day camps.

Personal services like nail salons and tattoo parlors, playgrounds, concert venues and higher education are still not allowed anywhere in the state.

As of June 11, the County has reported a total of 2,533 cases of COVID-19 and 99 deaths. In the past seven days, the number of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in San Mateo County dropped to 2.3 percent, the county said. The state’s threshold to allow reopening is 5 percent. Public and private health systems in the county have also exceeded the state target of 1,151 test results per day. The county says it’s also meeting the requirements for supply of personal protective equipment, and has a plan in place to meet the state’s target of 115 contact investigators.

The full staff report, including the County Variance Attestation form, can be found on the Board’s website.