San Mateo County to take over the indoor dining, other companies, even among COVID spike

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Despite a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, San Mateo County has received approval to take over businesses to eat inside, gyms, movie theaters, hair salons.With approval, San Mateo joins Napa, Sonoma, Solano, and Santa Cruz, and that the only country in the Bay Area open for indoor dining. Contra Costa County restaurants can start eating inside on July 1st. Santa Clara County, San Francisco County and Alameda County have not yet announced dates for the indoor dining room. Alameda is only now ready to allow eating outside; which starts this Friday.

In May, Gouv. from Gavin Newsom, describes a process by which counties could open faster than other parts of the state, if they met specific criteria. Friday, San Mateo County applied for approval on Tuesday.

San Mateo 2,594 cases ranks fourth among the 10 Bay Area counties, and is further Napa, Sonoma and Solano combined.

After a peak of 82 daily new coronavirus-related cases in late April, total cases in the county have stabilized since the beginning of June, as the county is down for a period of seven days in average of 28 new cases per day.

“For our restaurants and other small businesses crippled by the economic impact of this pandemic, this is the best news one can imagine,” County Supervisor David J. Canepa said in a statement. “It will be a matter of balancing the preservation of public health and kickstarting our local economy. There are risks at every step we take and it will take all of us to take personal responsibility to stop the spread of the virus. ”

These operations must comply with the state of health of the guidelines to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. That includes keeping one to six feet apart between the bosses and the workers who wear the face coverings.

Despite the advance plan for a reopening, San Mateo County will continue to comply with social-distancing guidelines and to make the wearing of masks and avoid the large crowds necessary to help check the spread of the coronavirus.

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