By the Daily Post staff
The state announced this morning that San Mateo County will move tomorrow (March 17) from the Red Tier to the Orange Tier of Covid restrictions as new cases and the positive test rate continue to fall.
Among other things, it means restaurants can go from 25% to 50% indoor capacity.
“I feel like the sun is shining again on San Mateo County as moving to the Orange Tier marks that we are making a true comeback,” said David Canepa, president of the county Board of Supervisors. “It means that there is no longer a substantial risk of catching Covid in this county. Now we must minimize the risk if we want to move to Yellow and then Green to complete this historic comeback. That means respecting the health orders of social distancing, frequent hand washing, avoiding large crowds and most importantly wearing your damn masks, especially if you are going to enjoy a pint during St. Patrick’s Day.”
The move to the Orange Tier means:
• Shopping centers can open with modifications, but common areas will remain closed and capacity of food courts will be reduced.
• Churches: Can open indoors with modifications 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, but remote working is still encouraged.
• 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 and fitness centers, including indoor pools: Can open indoors with modifications. Capacity must be limited to 25%
• Hotels, lodging and short-term lodging rentals: Can open with modifications.
• Fitness centers can open to 25% capacity
Here’s the county’s announcement about the move to the Orange Tier.