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San Mateo County salons, gyms and churches cease indoor operations

Businesses forced to close after county spends 3 days on state COVID-19 watchlist

Gina Hampton cuts Kathy Berra's hair at DJ's Hair Design Inc. in Menlo Park on July 8. Starting at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 2, hair salons, barber shops, gyms and other businesses in San Mateo County are under state order to cease indoor operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Officials in San Mateo County announced Saturday that certain indoor businesses and activities must shut down or move to outdoor operations beginning Sunday.

The state gave the order due to the county being on California's COVID-19 watchlist for three days.

The businesses affected include gyms and fitness centers, churches, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shopping malls.

Officials say this order will be in effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2.

Businesses offering tattoos, piercings and electrolysis may not be operated outdoors and must close.

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The state informed the county Saturday afternoon that specific indoor businesses must cease operations unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pic-up.

Businesses should visit the state website for industry guidance.

This also means that San Mateo County public and private schools cannot start the school year with in-person instruction — however, campuses can open to "serve the personalized needs of students, including instructional supports through one-on-one or small groups, access and support for digital devices, and distribution of school meals," the San Mateo County Office of Education said in an announcement Monday. Teachers and administrators are also allowed to work on campuses while providing distance instruction, the San Mateo County Office of Education said.

Elementary schools can apply for and receive a waiver from San Mateo County Health to fully reopen in person, and the county is encouraging them to do so.

"In-person instruction is particularly valuable to younger students whose early literacy and numeracy skills are paramount to long-term academic success," the San Mateo County Office of Education said. "Maintaining the Four Pillars of school safety – health and hygiene, face coverings, physical distancing, and limiting gatherings – is also less complex in an elementary school where students can be arranged in smaller, stable cohorts."

Child care and preschool operations in San Mateo County are not impacted by this order.

San Mateo County was the last Bay Area county to join California's watchlist. Information about San Mateo County's response to COVID-19 is at smcgov.org. Information on the city's of Menlo Park's response, including which city facilities are open, can be found here.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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San Mateo County salons, gyms and churches cease indoor operations

Businesses forced to close after county spends 3 days on state COVID-19 watchlist

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Sat, Aug 1, 2020, 8:30 pm
Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2020, 12:46 pm

Officials in San Mateo County announced Saturday that certain indoor businesses and activities must shut down or move to outdoor operations beginning Sunday.

The state gave the order due to the county being on California's COVID-19 watchlist for three days.

The businesses affected include gyms and fitness centers, churches, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shopping malls.

Officials say this order will be in effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2.

Businesses offering tattoos, piercings and electrolysis may not be operated outdoors and must close.

The state informed the county Saturday afternoon that specific indoor businesses must cease operations unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pic-up.

Businesses should visit the state website for industry guidance.

This also means that San Mateo County public and private schools cannot start the school year with in-person instruction — however, campuses can open to "serve the personalized needs of students, including instructional supports through one-on-one or small groups, access and support for digital devices, and distribution of school meals," the San Mateo County Office of Education said in an announcement Monday. Teachers and administrators are also allowed to work on campuses while providing distance instruction, the San Mateo County Office of Education said.

Elementary schools can apply for and receive a waiver from San Mateo County Health to fully reopen in person, and the county is encouraging them to do so.

"In-person instruction is particularly valuable to younger students whose early literacy and numeracy skills are paramount to long-term academic success," the San Mateo County Office of Education said. "Maintaining the Four Pillars of school safety – health and hygiene, face coverings, physical distancing, and limiting gatherings – is also less complex in an elementary school where students can be arranged in smaller, stable cohorts."

Child care and preschool operations in San Mateo County are not impacted by this order.

San Mateo County was the last Bay Area county to join California's watchlist. Information about San Mateo County's response to COVID-19 is at smcgov.org. Information on the city's of Menlo Park's response, including which city facilities are open, can be found here.

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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