The state of California announced today that it is rolling back San Mateo County to the most restrictive coronavirus rules as public health officials urge residents to avoid travel and gathering.
"The state today announced that, effective tomorrow, San Mateo County will move to purple Tier 1, the most restrictive on the state’s four-tier, color-coded COVID-19 reopening plan. A new stay-at-home order – prohibiting residents from leaving their homes to gather with other households from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – also takes effect at 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30.
"This is not unexpected considering the virus is surging across the state." Supervisor David J. Canepa said. “That being said, we doubled the rate we are testing and are now second in the state behind only San Francisco in the rate that we do test. We are well positioned to handle the surge considering the hospital capacity we have and resources needed to battle COVID-19. As the holidays approach, we must double down on the core behaviours of frequent hand washing, socially distancing, avoiding crowds, and most importantly wearing our damn masks. It's on us to take the personal responsibility to protect our families, friends and neighbors from this very deadly disease. Under purple Tier 1 restrictions, businesses and activities that may have been operating indoors - including worship, movie theaters, gyms and museums - must move outdoors or close. Shopping malls and all retail must operate at no more than 25 percent capacity."