Information for Businesses 

Based on COVID-19 case count and test positivity rate, the State implemented four color-coded tiers representing levels of restrictive/less-restrictive guidelines for counties:

  • Purple Tier 1 (widespread) – most non-essential indoor businesses remain closed
  • Red Tier 2 (substantial) – some non-essential indoor businesses operations are closed
  • Orange Tier 3 (moderate) – some business operations are open with modifications
  • Yellow Tier 4 (minimal) – most business operations are open with modifications

Local county health officials may choose to be more restrictive than this framework. This framework also notes signals of concern, including impacted healthcare capacity that may lead toward state intervention. The California Department of Public Health is monitoring data (such as case count and positivity rate) and health equity measures (such as access to testing and contact tracing) to evaluate a county’s progress.

You can easily search for an extensive list of what’s open in San Mateo County at any given time on the State’s new Blueprint web pageUnder the tier system, bars, breweries and distilleries where no meals are served remain closed.

All businesses must follow the State’s industry guidance for their sector. All businesses, including those with modified operations, must also continue to adhere to San Mateo County’s Health Order requiring social distancing and face covering and the safety measures outlined in the appendix.

 Resources for Business Owners Impacted by COVID-19