San Mateo Moves to the Orange Tier

As we hit the one-year mark since the first shelter in place was instituted, San Mateo is moving to the less restrictive Orange Tier in the State’s reopening plan starting Wednesday, March 17, 2021. San Mateo County’s move to the Orange Tier will allow the easing of certain restrictions for businesses and allow most indoor businesses to operate once again with certain modifications.

Now that San Mateo will move to the less restrictive Orange Tier, the following is now allowed:

Shopping malls: Can open indoors with modifications.

  • Closed common areas.
  • Reduced capacity food courts.

Places of worship: Can open indoors with modifications.

  • Open at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

Dine-in restaurants: Can open indoors with modifications.

  • Capacity must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

Offices (non-essential businesses): Can open indoors with modifications.

  • Encourage working remotely.

Bars/Breweries (where no meal provided): Can open indoors with modifications.

  • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 100 people, whichever is less.

Movie theaters: Can open indoors with modifications.

Gyms & fitness centers, including indoor pools: Can open indoors with modifications.

  • Capacity must be limited to 25%.
  • Indoor pools can open.
  • Indoor hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must close.
  • Climbing walls can open.

Family entertainment centers: 

  • Can open indoors for naturally distanced activities, with modifications.
  • Capacity must be limited to 25%.
  • Bowling alleys and escape rooms allowed.
  • Can open outdoors with modifications for activities like kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages.

Amusement parks and theme parks: Smaller parks can open with modifications.

  • Capacity must be limited to 25% or 500 people, whichever is less.
  • Outdoor attractions only can open.
  • Reservations or advanced ticket sales required.
  • Local attendees only (from the same county as the park’s location).
  • Additional activities will be permitted starting April 1, 2021.

Hotels, lodging and short-term lodging rentals: Can open with modifications.

  • Fitness centers can open to 25% capacity.
  • Indoor pools can open.
  • Indoor hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must close.

Museums, zoos and aquariums: Can open indoors with modifications.

  • Indoor activities are limited to 50% capacity.

While it is great news that San Mateo County is moving to the Orange Tier, as businesses begin to resume operations again, it is important as ever to ensure that you have you Covid-19 policies in writing (as required by Cal-OSHA) and updated to reflect current County requirements and new CDC recommendations in light of Covid-19 vaccinations. To learn more, please contact the Employer Lawyers at Chauvel & Glatt.

 

This material in this article, provided by Chauvel & Glatt, is designed to provide informative and current information as of the date of the post. It should not be considered, nor is it intended to constitute legal advice.  For information on your particular circumstances, please contact Chauvel & Glatt at 650-573-9500.

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