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?


Events are now allowed in San Mateo County and we welcome them! However, in an effort to minimize the impact of the Delta Variant, on August 3, 2021, the San Mateo County Health Department implemented an indoor mask requirement which includes activities such as indoor events.  Outdoor events do not require masking.


CALIFORNIA'S TIER SYSTEM HAS BEEN LIFTED, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SAN MATEO COUNTY?


As of August 3, indoor events of 1,000 people or more require organizers to ask attendees to show proof of vaccination. Self-attestation or negative COVID tests will not be accepted starting September 20, 2021. In addition, face coverings will also be required for all indoor events regardless of size.

For large outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees, proof of vaccination are highly encouraged. Self-attestation or a negative COVID test may be used at the discretion of the event's organizer. Face coverings are required for all outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees.

These requirements and recommendations will be in place at least through November 1, 2021.
 

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.

We also have two amazing Covid testing resources we recommended: Discovery Health Services, who can provide on-site wellness services including COVID-testing for groups, and Lookout Health a local Redwood City-based company that can provide rapid and reliable COVID-19 screening services for your event or workplace, and they also offer a testing concierge service where you can get a singular test at your home, office or hotel room.
 

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 I 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.