San Mateo County to allow church services, stores to reopen, beach access

Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County's Health Officer

By the Daily Post staff

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow today issued a new shelter-in-place order that allows churches and stores to reopen with restrictions starting on Monday, June 1. Beach access limitations are also removed. Here’s a link to the revised order.

Currently, stores are only allowed to sell items when the customer arranged to pick up the merchandise at the curbside of the store. Churches have to conduct services virtually on platforms like Zoom.

The previous order also said that people couldn’t go to the beach between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and that people could only go to the beach if it was within 10 miles of their home.

The county is still prohibiting restaurants from opening their dining rooms, though take-out orders are still legal.

The restrictions have drawn criticism from the San Mateo County Republican Party, which has been sending representatives to the county Board of Supervisors meetings to urge the county to relax restrictions. One argument the Republicans are making is that the longer the shutdown lasts, the more businesses will close and temporary layoffs will become permanent. Other California counties have moved more quickly to reopen, following guidelines from Gov. Gavin Newsom.


  1. That’s one butt-ugly beard on Dr. Morrow. Should’ve opened the barbershops for surgery on his unusual growth.

  2. Larry, don’t be so critical. Dr. Morrow has a family of squirrels living in that beard. He rescued them from an exterminator.

  3. Hospitalization rising and lack of testing site! lets open churches! The data shows that communities of color in San mateo county are disproportionately affected and they decide to open up, they don’t care. shameful!

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