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San Mateo County & Alameda County move up in California’s Covid-19 Reopening Plan

San Mateo and Alameda Counties have just been moved to a lower level in Governor Newsom’s California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Blueprint, which is broken down into four-tiers—Widespread (Purple), Substantial (Red), Moderate (Orange), and Minimal (Yellow) outlines the transitions counties have to pass through in order to reopen to minimize the spread of Covid-19.

Since the implementation of this Blueprint, both San Mateo and Alameda Counties have been classified at a county risk level of “Widespread” which has limited various activities, including what business could operate at that time. Now that San Mateo and Alameda Counties have been transitioned to Substantial (Red), there is now more flexibility as to what business and activities may resume.

The downgrade for these counties to Substantial (Red) tier allows the following business and activities to commence again provided proper Covid-19 protocols and policies are place:

  • Restaurants indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • All retail indoors (max 50% capacity)
  • Shopping centers, swap meets indoors (max 50% capacity, closed common areas)
  • Personal care services – hair and nail salons, barbershops (open with modifications)
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums (max 25% capacity)
  • Places of worship indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Movie theaters indoors (max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Gyms and fitness centers indoors (max 10% capacity)

While the process towards reopening has been slow, businesses and employers should ensure that they stay up to date with the fluid Covid-19 rules and requirements to ensure not only the safety of your employees, as well as your clients, customers, and patrons.

If you have any questions regarding what Newsom’s California Blueprint for a Safer Economy means for your business, or to learn more about your local county Covid-19 requirements and how to reopen safely, contact the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.


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