Monday, March 16, 2020, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow and six other Bay Area health officers issued a unified order for residents to stay home and limit activity to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preserve health care capacity across the region.
County health officer’s legal order to shelter in place. The order requires all residents to stay home and limit activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. It is effective at
12:01 am, March 17, 2020
, and continues until
11:59 pm, April 7, 2020
, unless modified by the health officer. It provides clear exceptions to allow access to essential services like medical care, food purchases and other necessary activities.
Among businesses deemed essential are food retailers, such as grocery stores and convenience stores; gas stations; banks; and necessary supply and repair businesses.
All must adhere to strict social distancing requirements.