Health Order - Shelter in Place

San Mateo County Health - Shelter in Place Order

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow confirms there is now evidence of widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in San Mateo County. On Monday, March 16, the Health Officer joined five other counties in issuing a Shelter in Place Order. The legal order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. Please review his statement for the latest updates.

The order is in effect starting March 17 and defines essential activities as necessary for the health and safety for individuals and their families.

Shelter in Place Order, March 16, 2020: English, Spanish, Chinese.

Essential businesses allowed to operate during the recommended action include:

  • Banks
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services
  • Child care facilities
  • Convenience stores
  • Fresh and nonperishable food retailers

The following mandates have been issued:

  • Shelter in place at home, leaving only for essential work, medical care (preferably access medical care through phone or online services), groceries and pharmacy. 
  • All unauthorized visitors and non-essential personnel are barred from visiting licensed skilled nursing facilities in the county.
  • Effective Monday, March 16, all schools are required to dismiss students from regular attendance. Visit the San Mateo County Office of Education website for public school information. 
  • Effective March 16, public and private gatherings are prohibited.

For more guidance and to read Dr. Morrow’s updated statement in its entirety, go to You can also sign up for updates from the County of San Mateo’s Emergency Operations Center by visiting


San Mateo County

San Mateo County Health:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention:


Call 2-1-1 with all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.

The 2-1-1 service is available 24/7 in 180 languages.


San Mateo County Economic Development Agency and the County have opened a legal hotline and email for businesses with questions.

Phone: (650) 363-4588
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm