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The cities of Redwood City and San Carlos have temporarily closed their respective city halls to the public through Jan. 17 in response to rising COVID-19 cases.

In Redwood City, Library locations will continue in-person hours while observing current restrictions on having no more than 25 percent of the building occupied at a time. Also, indoor gym use at Redwood City facilities will be closed through Jan. 17, and private rentals will not be allowed at any city facility, per the current practice. All classes/programs managed by the city will continue with current indoor masking requirements and small group enrollments.

Residents and customers can visit redwoodcity.org/MyRWC to access services available online 24-hours a day, seven days a week.  

“We know that many people traveled over the holidays, visiting friends and family members,” said City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz. “We believe we may experience rising COVID-19 cases among community members and employees in the next two weeks and are taking steps to protect employee and community health during this latest surge.”

In San Carlos, the Adult Community Center and Youth Center are closed for drop-in services only through Jan. 17. “The curbside lunch pickup program and other programs/classes will continue with strict indoor masking and distancing requirements,” the city said.

San Carlos city staff will continue to work and provide services virtually during regular work hours, the city added. Residents wanting to make payments for business registration, permits, parking tickets and P&R classes can visit here; those wanting to obtain permit information can visit here; and those wanting to report maintenance or other issues around town can go here.

San Mateo County Health officials are urging residents to get vaccinated or boosted.  The San Mateo County Event Center clinic will reopen on Jan. 4 to offer booster, and first and second vaccine doses. The clinic is a walk-up, not a drive-through, operation, with participants parking and entering Redwood Hall for vaccination, officials said. The clinic will be open on Tuesdays (noon – 7 p.m.) and Wednesdays through Saturdays (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Appointments via MyTurn are preferred, but participants may also come without an appointment.

Boosters are available at community clinics, health care providers and pharmacies. The County is also offering pediatric vaccines (for ages 5-11) at eight sites thorughout the county during January, mostly schools. Local pharmacies like CVS, Safeway, Lucky and Walgreens are also offering pediatric vaccines.

The County is also urging testing. Read more about County-sponsored options for testing here.