COVID-19 Resources for Businesses in San Mateo County & Silicon Valley

At the risk of being redundant, our CVB would like to list all recent information that we have received which you may find relevant. As the COVID-19 situation moves behind us and we start the rebuilding phase, we recommend you use the links below for the latest information related to our region. We assure you that we will update this site as new information becomes available.

Latest Information about San Mateo County

After more than a year since the original Shelter in Place Order went into effect and 291 days since California’s County Tier System was put in place, today California formally retires the Tier System and generally aligns its policies with that of the CDC. This has been a long journey for us all here in San Mateo County.  A journey filled with anxiety, stress, false restarts, and for some, recovering from the COVID virus. 

In general, San Mateo County will no longer see capacity limits and physical distancing requirements. Based on the honor system (self-attestation), vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks while unvaccinated are required to wear masks. Masks are required for air travel and public transportation. However, individual private businesses may impose individual requirements.

San Mateo County officials have been very clear that the County will not impose restrictions beyond the state’s guidance. SMC has been very clear that they will not make interpretations of state guidance. You may access San Mateo County’s most recent statement regarding reopening here, and the complete state guidance here.

Congratulations to all as we leave the crisis chapter of COVID behind us and embark on the rebuilding chapter together! 


Meetings and events are allowed in San Mateo County. However, masks are required for indoor events with over 5,000 attendees and outdoor events with over 10,000 attendees. Masks in the workplace remain unchanged at least thru June 28 – this is the earliest date workplace changes could go into effect based on the June 17 Cal OSHA scheduled meeting.  


We also have identified two amazing COVID testing resources we recommended: 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 singular tests at your home, office or hotel room; and Discovery Health Services, who can provide on-site wellness services including Coivd-testing for groups.


As of April 16, 2021, many employers in the hospitality/tourism sector are required to hire back laid-off employees first (before hiring others), if the employees were let go for a reason related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Bill 93 (SB 93) went into law on April 16th with immediate effect, and it impacts employers’ hiring process and decisions through December 31, 2024. This new law affects the following categories of employers: hotels, private clubs, event centers, airport hospitality operations, airport service providers, and building service providers. The experts at Hoge Fenton will conduct a webinar on this subject on April 28, 2021, at 12:00 PM. Read more about this new legislation.