As our destination continues to move forward in the reopening process, the safety and security of our residents and visitors remain our top priority.  Learn more about the latest COVID-19 travel updates in San Mateo County.

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As San Mateo County moves forward, the safety and security of our residents and visitors remain our top priority. Local hotels, restaurants, attractions, and other businesses in our region are continuing to work closely with local and state government agencies to stay in compliance with all health and safety protocols.

Below we've listed the latest San Mateo County travel updates that we hope are helpful when you're planning your next visit. In addition, local businesses have begun a pledge to be "Reopened & Ready" and promise to take every precaution to keep visitors safe and healthy as we move through the phases of reopening in our region.

Together, we're committed to be "Reopened & Ready" to welcome YOU back!



As of March 17, the County of San Mateo was the FIRST Bay Area County to move into the Moderate (Orange) Tier under California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Under the Orange Tier, there is a significant increase in indoor capacities for restaurants, museums/zoos/aquariums, gyms, wineries/breweries, movie theaters, among other things.

The State of California announced that on June 15, California will fully reopen as long as the vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians (16 years and older) who wish to be inoculated and if hospitalization rates are stable and low. Read Governor Newson’s announcement for more information.

In regards to domestic travel, the CDC recommends delaying travel until a person is fully vaccinated because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people. Travelers are still required to wear a mask, keep their distance, and wash their hands frequently. This guidance applies to travel within the United States and U.S. territories.

From the California Department of Public Health's perspective, non-essential travelers from other states or countries, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, are strongly discouraged from entering California and should adhere to the quarantine and testing procedures.

Additionally, the Biden Administration has imposed an international travel ban affecting inbound traffic from these countriesU.S. citizens returning from travel abroad must show proof of negative COVID test and abide by applicable quarantine rules.


  • Hotels (fitness centers at 25% capacity and indoor pools with modifications)
  • Restaurants (indoor dining at 50% capacity, outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery)
  • Retail & Shopping Malls (open indoors with modifications)
  • Beaches
  • Parks (limited parking, some restrictions – check in advance)
  • Golf Courses
  • Pillar Point Harbor (except picnic areas, including barbecues and picnic tables)
  • Pacifica Pier
  • Farmers' Markets
  • BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), PDF link: BART Safety Measures
  • San Francisco International Airport and San Jose International Airport
  • Museums, Art Centers, Aquariums & Zoos (open indoors at 50% capacity and outdoors)
  • Wineries, Breweries & Tasting Rooms (open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people and outdoors)
  • Bars & Distilleries - where no meals are provided (outdoors only)
  • Professional Sports (outdoors only with 20% capacity, regional attendees only, in-seat concessions only)
  • Movie Theaters (open indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer)
  • Family Entertainment Centers (open indoors at 25% including bowling alleys)
  • Worship Services (open indoors at 50% capacity)
  • Weddings (indoor ceremonies permitted with modifications. Outdoor and indoor receptions permitted for up to three households, including hosts and guests at 50% capacity)
  • Libraries (open indoors with modifications)
  • Hair Salons, Nail Salons, and Barbershops (open indoors with modifications)
  • Gyms, fitness centers​ , and yoga studios (open indoors at 25% capacity and outdoors)
  • Cardrooms (open indoors at 25% capacity and outdoors)
  • Grocery Stores (open indoors with modifications)
  • Essential Businesses (gas stations, banks, hospitals, etc.)


For more information:

Blueprint for a Safer Economy (State of California)
Stay at Home Q&A (State of California)
San Mateo County Health Services
Santa Clara County Public Health


Our "Reopened & Ready" Pledge

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The San Mateo County/Silicon Valley region is known for its resilience and innovative ways to succeed and continue to move forward. As we continue to move forward with our reopening, local businesses are pledging to take every precaution to keep YOU safe and healthy while visiting our destination.

As San Mateo County & Silicon Valley business partners, we PLEDGE to:

  • Use face coverings.
  • Ensure hand sanitizer is readily available.
  • Practice and encourage physical distancing.
  • Follow CDC cleaning protocols.
  • Continuously innovate to reduce touch points.
  • Provide our staff with COVID-19 awareness training.

We are proud that more and more San Mateo County and Silicon Valley businesses are taking the "Reopened & Ready" pledge, with more joining daily. See the full list of participating businesses below.


When visiting San Mateo County, we ask that all visitors please follow the same health and safety guidelines that our local residents are following (as mandated by state & county officials):

  • Wear a face-covering inside all indoor public spaces, public transportation, workplaces, and other locations.
  • Practice social distancing, allowing six feet of space between you and others (household members excluded).
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer.
  • Limit mixing with people you don’t live with.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • If you experience symptoms while traveling, please self-quarantine and seek guidance from any of the resources below.