WE ARE REOPENED AND READY FOR YOUR VISIT - WE'VE MISSED YOU!
As the San Francisco Bay Area continues to move forward in the reopening process, the safety and security of our residents and visitors remain our top priority. Local hotels, restaurants, attractions, and other businesses in San Mateo County and Palo Alto understand the importance of following commercial sanitation and safety protocols, and all have been working extremely hard in order to reach these goals.
As a destination, we are committed to continuing to work closely with local government agencies to stay informed and in compliance with all health and safety orders to prevent the spread of this disease. 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!
Current Status - San Mateo County
On June 17, the County of San Mateo announced that our region has fully aligned itself to be on the same reopening schedule as the State of California. This announcement means that San Mateo County is now aligned with California’s Resilience Roadmap and a new, revised Health Order, outlining the health and safety measures businesses must follow in order to reopen.
According to this news, the following types of businesses may now reopen:
- Hotels (for tourism and individual travel)
- Dine-in restaurants
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Family entertainment centers
- Wineries and bars
- Museums, zoos, and art galleries
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Campgrounds and outdoor recreation
- Schools and day camps
In addition, meetings and gatherings of 50 persons or less are now allowed in both indoor and outdoor settings (masks and 6 feet social distancing rules apply). More information coming soon.
To read about the guidance that each business needs to follow, please visit our COVID-19 Resources for Businesses page. More information about the County’s COVID-19 response can be found in the County of San Mateo's website.
Current Status - Santa Clara County
It was announced that the State of California approved the County of Santa Clara's variance submitted on July 2. This approval will allow more businesses to open under the current State’s Stay-at-Home Order starting on July 13.
According to this news, the following types of businesses may reopen (starting July 13):
- Construction Projects
- Food Facilities
- Hair and Nail Salons
- Massage Therapy, and other services providing body care services
- Outdoor Dining
- Tattoo and Piercing Shops
Details for hotels have not yet been released and indoor dining is not included in this next phase. Strict guidelines for face coverings and minimum square foot space requirements for employees and customers are also included.
For more information, we recommend you visit the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department’s website regularly for updates.
What's Open for Business?
- Restaurants (for dine-in, outdoor seating, takeout & delivery)*
- Retail & Shopping Malls (some stores inside shopping malls, including outdoor shopping centers and strip malls are now open for in-store shopping, in addition to curbside pick-up and takeout. Check specific availability in advance)
- Parks (limited parking, some restrictions – check in advance)
- Museums, Zoos, and Art Galleries*
- Golf Courses
- Wineries & Bars*
- 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
- Campgrounds & Outdoor Recreation*
- Family Entertainment Centers*
- Schools and Day Camps*
- Gyms and Fitness Centers*
- Hair salons & Barbershops*
- Grocery Stores
- Essential Businesses (gas stations, banks, hospitals, etc.)
* Items have not reopened yet in the City of Palo Alto. Please check back soon for more updates on reopenings in Santa Clara County.
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Our "Reopened & Ready" Pledge
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.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
When visiting San Mateo County and Silicon Valley, 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 as mandated by the California Department of Public Health.
- 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.
- Stay home if you feel sick.
- If you experience symptoms while traveling, please self-quarantine and seek guidance from any of the resources below.
- San Mateo County Health Services
- Santa Clara County Public Health
- Free COVID-19 Testing in San Mateo County
- Free COVID-19 Testing in Santa Clara County
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- COVID-19 Public Call Center: 2-1-1