County granted ability to reopen dine-in eateries, hair salons

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San Mateo County is set to issue a revised health order this week easing restrictions on additional businesses and activities, after the state granted its request to do so.

County officials announced today that the state has granted its variance to fully align with California’s Resilience Roadmap on the grounds that the county has met the required benchmarks to further ease restrictions.

Because of that, the type of businesses that can reopen 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.

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

The new order “will make clear what business may open and what guidelines they must follow,” the County said.

“This is great news for so many of the thousands of small businesses that are truly the backbone of our local economy, especially in East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks,” County Supervisor Warren Slocum said in a statement. “People want to get back to work. That said, it’s up to all of us to continue to wear face coverings and to maintain social distancing so we can continue to reopen both the economy and our social lives in a safe manner.”

For more information, visit the San Mateo County website here.

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