The return of in-person meetings and events is truly exciting news for San Mateo County! We are here to help answer your questions and break down what you need to know before you book your next meeting or event in San Mateo County.


WHEN CAN I START TO HOST EVENTS IN SAN MATEO COUNTY?


Good news! Effective April 15, meetings and events are allowed in San Mateo County as permitted by the State of California.


SAN MATEO COUNTY IS IN THE ORANGE TIER, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?


For meetings that are going to be held while San Mateo County is in the Orange Tier, there are limits to how many guests you can host. For outdoor spaces, you may host up to 100 guests. If you are checking a guest’s vaccine record or providing COVID testing prior to entry, you may host up to 300 guests. For indoor spaces, all guests must be COVID-tested prior to entry into the event or they must show full proof of vaccination (or a combination of both), then you may host up to 150 guests in an indoor space.


WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS ARE ALLOWED IN SAN MATEO COUNTY?


All types of events including sporting events, private events, receptions, weddings, meetings, conferences, and tradeshows are allowed in San Mateo County as of April 15. There is to be no intermingling of events – each individual private event must be separated.
 

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE TO PROVIDE THE COVID TESTING AND/OR VACCINE RECORD CHECK-IN PROCESS?


Each venue should help you when planning this piece of your event, but ultimately it is the meeting planner’s responsibility to make sure this is coordinated properly. If you need advice on how to properly handle this, check out the recent webinar we hosted that answered many of these questions.
 

WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE STATE MEETING/EVENT GUIDANCE SAY?


The state has provided this Activities and Business Tiers chart. Our sales team can help answer any questions you may have.


IS IT SAFE TO MEET IN SAN MATEO COUNTY?


San Mateo County is a safe destination. Our hotels have implemented strict health and safety protocols and guidelines to ensure the safety of every visitor.


HOW DO IT START PLANNING MY MEETING/EVENT IN SAN MATEO COUNTY TODAY?


We are here to help! Contact our sales team today to start planning your next meeting and event. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us – we will take the guesswork out of your planning process and help you source the perfect venue for your event needs. Please reach out to either our Director of Sales, Teipo Brown, or our National Account Executive, Karla Najera for more information on how to kick-start your planning process.

San Mateo County truly is a safe destination that is ready to bring back visitors and host your next event. We are here to help you and we look forward to connecting with you!
 



Ready to start planning your next meeting in San Mateo County & Silicon Valley? Submit your RFP today or email us at meetings@visitsmcsv.com.