SAN MATEO COUNTY HEALTH ORDER ALIGNS WITH THE STATE
Effective yesterday, June 17, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new Order (haga clic aquí para español) to fully align the County with Governor Gavin Newsom’s 4-stage Resilience Roadmap. The State is currently in Stage 2 of the Resilience Roadmap where retail, related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, child care, and essential businesses can open with modifications. When the State enters Stage 3, San Mateo County will also enter Stage 3.
The new Order also states: "[h]owever, this Order provides for certain additional behavioral restrictions to ensure continued social distancing and limit person-to-person contact to reduce the rate of transmission of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”)."
Below is a summary of the County's additional requirements:
- The County requires continued practicing of Social Distancing and Face Covering Requirements.
- Gatherings exceeding 50 people are prohibited.
- Social Bubbles are allowed.
- Businesses must implement and produce a Social Distancing Protocol and a written health and safety plan compliant with State guidance.
- COVID-19 hotline: 1-833-422-4255, M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa-Su 8AM-5PM
- California's COVID website: https://covid19.ca.gov/
- FAQ: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs
- County variances: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
REVISIONS TO SHELTER-IN-PLACE INCLUDE OUTDOOR DINING, CHARTER BOAT OPERATIONS, and FUNERALS
Earlier today, San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow revised the current Shelter-in-Place Order to allow outdoor dining and charter boat operations with safety measures and other restrictions to ensure social distancing. It also amends the guidelines for funerals. The Order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Read the press release here.
REVISED SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER EFFECTIVE 6/1/2020
Earlier today, the San Mateo County Health Department issued a revised Shelter-in-Place Order to further align with Governor Gavin Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap. The revised Order, which takes effect on Monday, relaxes some of the previous restrictions on places of worship, in-store retail, beach access, childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational programs that provide childcare. Read the press release here. Read the full text of the Order here.
RESIDENTIAL EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED
On May 26, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the temporary, Countywide moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent by residential tenants directly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic for another 30 days, through June 30, 2020. View the agenda here.
SMALL BUSINESS COMMERCIAL TENANT EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED
On May 26, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the temporary, Countywide moratorium, in the unincorporated area, on eviction for non-payment of rent by small business commercial tenants directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic for another 30 days, through June 30, 2020. View the agenda here.
REVISED COUNTY SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER EFFECTIVE BEGINNING TODAY
San Mateo County Health Order to Shelter-in-Place (REVISED) - May 15, 2020
COUNTY UPDATES FOOD ASSISTANCE PAGE
FREE COVID-19 TESTING
No doctor's note, symptom screening, or insurance required.
PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT CANCELS SIGNATURE SUMMER EVENTS
In light of the continued health risks posed by COVID-19 and the County's Shelter-in-Place Order, the City's Parks and Recreation Department will not be able to host some of its favorite events this summer including Music in the Park, Movie Night, the Muddy Mile, and the Family Campout.
PG&E ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS
PG&E is offering support for business customers experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by offering temporary loan deferrals for customers with an active On-Bill Financing (OBF) loan under PG&E’s Energy Efficiency Financing program. To help business customers, payments on the 0% interest loans can now be deferred for up to six months. These no interest loans allow business customers to replace old and worn-out equipment with energy-efficient models. Click here to learn more.
TEMPORARY SUSPENSIONS OF THE SLOW STREETS PROGRAM
In order to allow Burlingame High School students access, street closures will be suspended (in other words, vehicular traffic is allowed) on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 20 - Friday, May 22
Friday, May 29
Monday, June 1 - Wednesday, June 3
Click here to learn more about the Slow Streets Program on Carolan Avenue.
COUNTY WILL ALIGN WITH STATE'S EARLY PHASE 2 RESTRICTIONS
Click here for the May 13, 2020 press release. Click here to view the State's roadmap.
GREAT PLATES PROGRAM FOR SENIORS EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 10
The Great Plates Program is the emergency food program for eligible older adults. Seventeen restaurants in San Mateo County are currently under contract to provide three meals each day (including delivery). The program has been extended until June 10. Residents can call 1-800-675-8437 to apply. Here is more information about this state-wide program: https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/
CITY IMPLEMENTS SLOW STREETS PROGRAM AND PARTIALLY CLOSES CAROLAN AVENUE
On Monday, May 4, the City Council approved the temporary closure of Carolan Avenue as part of the City's Slow Streets Program. Carolan Avenue will be closed between Oak Grove Avenue and Mangini Way. The intent of this action is to support and enhance safe physical activity for residents during the County's COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Orders by creating additional street space for pedestrian and bicycle activities.
View a map of the designated area at https://tinyurl.com/ydblh5vr. The designated area will be closed to motorized traffic (with the exception of emergency and essential service vehicles) beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
PLEASE READ COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER'S MAY 4 STATEMENT
The City encourages residents to read County Health Officer's May 4 Statement. Please note that the Statements similar to letters and quite different from the Orders.
SHELTER IN PLACE EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 31, 2020
Today, the current shelter in place order that was set to expire on May 3, has been extended to May 31, 2020 by order of the Health Officer of the County of San Mateo. This new Order will supersede the previous order. View the press release here.
Most notably, "[U]nder the new orders, all construction projects will be allowed to resume as long as the project complies with safety protocols included with the order. All real estate transactions will also now be able to resume, but with continued restrictions on open houses and limitations on in-person viewings." Also, "[C]ertain outdoor businesses can also begin operating again, and people can visit those businesses to perform work or obtain goods, services, or supplies. This includes wholesale and retail nurseries, landscapers, gardeners, and other businesses that primarily provide outdoor services as set forth in the order. Outdoor businesses do not include restaurants, cafes or bars, regardless of whether they have outdoor seating".
SAN MATEO COUNTY PARKS WILL OPEN SOME PARKS ON MAY 4
Click here to see the full list of parks and related parking lots that will open.
Later this week, the Public Health Officers of the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley will issue revised shelter-in-place orders that largely keep the current restrictions in place and extend them through May. Read the press release here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the San Mateo County Strong Fund are now available in multiple languages.
Please click on the link below corresponding to the languages you would like to access and download a PDF of the translated document:
- Spanish: Small Business Grant Program FAQ
- Chinese: Small Business Grant Program FAQ
- Tagalog: Small Business Grant Program FAQ
- Russian: Small Business Grant Program FAQ
- Portuguese: Small Business Grant Program FAQ
Essential businesses can download sign templates to post on their windows. These encompass the County's more restrictive health order to wear a face mask at all times in public and maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Click here for the Essential Business sign template or here for Face Mask and Social Distancing Protocol template.
SAMCEDA Informational Meeting to Discuss Grant Program via Zoom
Wednesday, April 22
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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County Health Officer issues Order "Generally Requiring Members of the Public and Workers to Wear Face Coverings" - April 17, 2020
The San Mateo County Emergency Operations Center has the ¿Qué es un “trabajo esencial?” video in Spanish done: https://youtu.be/0rmEj1NOEFI
Media briefings from County Manager are available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvrcFuwLyzqObdvneaE8FlOohT-01gXPG
Click here for to view SMC Strong videos with "local celebrities" encouraging people to donate funds to help nonprofits, families/individuals and small businesses in San Mateo County: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvrcFuwLyzqOIF99F4cMUPHdEr5brSDcI
"Salesforce will be offering Salesforce Care Small Business Grants of $10,000 to provide capital to help keep businesses afloat. These grants will support small businesses as they work to replenish materials, pay salaries, or adapt their business model to overcome these challenging times. The grant application will be available to US businesses in mid-April and we will be providing additional details on financial support to international small businesses in the near future, for a total financial commitment of $5 million."
The County of San Mateo, in coordination with the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, announced that all schools would remain closed until the end of the 2020 school year. Read the announcement here.
Note updates to the City's COVID-19 "Need Help? Offer Help?" webpage.
The County of San Mateo issued isolation and quarantine orders for people with COVID-19 and their close contacts. Read the press release here.
SHELTER IN PLACE EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 3, 2020
Today, the current shelter in place order that was set to expire on April 7, has been extended to May 3, 2020 by order of the Health Officer of the County of San Mateo. This new order will supersede the previous order. View the press release here.
INTERPRETING THE CARES ACT
A $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill was signed it into law on Friday, March 27, 2020.
Click here for a Families First COVID-19 Constituent Service Resources Toolkit prepared by the U.S. House of Representatives, or click here to use a stimulus check calculator provided by "The Washington Post".
NEW RESOURCE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES
The San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) has developed a COVID-19 Business Continuity Action Plan for small and medium-sized business. Click here for a two-page document full of helpful links.
San Mateo County has closed all County parks to slow the spread of COVID-19. Click here to read the press release.
SHELTER IN PLACE QUESTIONS
After this Friday, March 27, the County Counsel Shelter in Place Question Line will close. Until Friday, residents and businesses wondering how the Shelter in Place Order applies to certain businesses may continue to call 650-363-4588 through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. After Friday, questions will be answered by calling 211. It's very likely your question has already been answered on the County's extensive Shelter in Place FAQ page here.
SIGNIFICANT NEWS & PRESS RELEASES
County Board of Supervisors Adopts a Resolution Approving a Temporary Moratorium on Residential Evictions of Residents Unable to Pay Rent Due to COVID-19 - March 24, 2020
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Launches San Mateo County Strong Fund - March 24, 2020
Pacifica to Close Public Beach Parking Lots - March 24, 2020
County Health Officer Orders Laboritories Testing for COVID-19 to Report Testing Information to Public Health Officials - March 24, 2020
California State Parks Announces Steps to Reduce Crowds at State Parks - March 23, 2020
Statement to the Community Regarding the April 10th Property Tax Delinquency Date - March 18, 2020
Click here to view other COVID-19 related news and press releases of importance to the Burlingame community.
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
Tonight at 5:15 p.m. Click here to learn how you can access Zoom and ask questions.
DONATE OR VOLUNTEER
Visit smcstrong.com or click here to hear Warriors Announcer Bob Fitzgerald talk about SMCStrong and make a donation.
Click here to learn more ways to volunteer or help.
Testing is available for individuals who meet certain eligibility criteria. Click here to determine if you are eligible.
STAY VIGILANT ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING
- County Volunteer Form
- County Volunteer Form for Medical Professionals or Disaster Specialists
- Donate medical supplies such as masks, gowns, goggles, gloves, and face shields. Please email with the type, quantity, and location of supplies.
- Are you a non-profit in need of volunteers? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
On Monday, March 24 at 5:15 p.m., Mayor Beach will host a virtual Town Hall on Zoom. Zoom is a teleconferencing tool that will enable users to watch and/or call from their computers or mobile devices to hear the Mayor give a live update. This tool is free. Town Hall will give you a chance to ask the Mayor and staff questions about the current shelter in place, COVID-19, the City’s role, and where to find more information. Click here to learn how you can access Zoom and ask questions.
WHO TO CALL
Please remember to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Do NOT call 9-1-1 to report shelter in place violators! Listen to this message from a County dispatcher.
HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
The San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) is working with the County of San Mateo to develop the San Mateo County Strong Fund to assist in business recovery efforts. On Tuesday, March 24, the County Board of Supervisors will be taking action to approve $3,000,000 as initial seed funding for the San Mateo County Strong Fund. If you are a small business owner or sole proprietor, please complete this survey in the next few days. The information gathered will help prioritize and inform efforts related to the Fund. Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BXH6H86
Please remember to practice social distancing from other park visitors (6 feet or more). Parks are currently open to the public, but please use caution when touching playground equipment, benches, water fountains, etc. Pick-up games are currently not allowed. Park restrooms are closed to the public. Please respect that we need to keep each other safe even when getting some fresh air.
NO COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPING OR GARDENING IS PERMITTED
Commercial landscaping and gardening services are NOT permitted under the shelter in place order as they are considered non-essential business activities. Emergency repairs to irrigation are permitted, and residents themselves are still allowed to landscape and garden on their own property.
The City's Planning Division staff is working remotely on a very limited basis. There will be limited processing of current applications. However, there will be no in-person appointments or meetings. Based on staff's limited availability, please note that there will be delays in receiving a response. Staff will only be responding to inquiries about current applications. No new Planning applications will accepted during this period.
The local neighborhood social media app Nextdoor has announced two new features to support neighbors in times of need. Nextdoor Groups provide a great way to organize your neighbors for emergency preparedness, your homeowners association or other neighbor groups. The Nextdoor Help Map lets neighbors in need request assistance with essential tasks, like picking up groceries during the stay at home order, and matches those needs to neighbors who volunteer to help.
Wondering how you can help? You can support our local businesses. See a list of open restaurants, drug stores, retail shops, and grocery options by clicking here.
Please see the following updates from the City and the County with respect to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
City Updates: The City of Burlingame remains closed with the exception of certain essential services as described in the March 16 update below. In addition, the Building Division has provided clarification as to its operations.
Building Division/Construction Projects: Visit the Building webpage for the latest information During the closure, the following construction projects are Allowed / Not Allowed to continue work (all subject to staffing availability):
- Current Residential Construction Projects (all types) - Allowed
- Current Commercial Construction Projects - Not Allowed
- Submittal of New Residential Construction (non-emergency) - Not Allowed
- Submittal of New Commercial Construction Projects - Not Allowed
- Building Inspection Services for Current Residential Construction Projects (only for life safety matters and for the maintenance of essential infrastructure) - Allowed
- Planning Review Services - Not Allowed
Public Records Requests: Following the declarations of emergency by the Federal, State and County governments, the City Council for the City of Burlingame proclaimed the existence of a local emergency due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 16, 2020. Also on March 16, 2020, San Mateo County Health Services, along with six other Bay Area Counties and the City of Berkeley, issued an order directing individuals to stay in their residences and limiting travel and activities. Accordingly, the City of Burlingame has modified its operations, with limited staff focused primarily on public health and safety. As a result, while continuing to be committed to governmental transparency, there will be delays in responding to requests for public records for the duration of this emergency. Your understanding is appreciated.
San Mateo County has a variety information on its website, including an FAQ about the Shelter in Place Order. For questions about the Order, please call 650-363-4588 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or email healthorderFAQ@smcgov.org.
Business Resources: The County is working with the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) to provide assistance and guidance for businesses and workers affected by COVID-19. Please click here for more information.
Medical Professionals: The County is in need of additional medical personnel. Please call 211 to offer your services if you’re available.
Social Services: Residents needing social service assistance should call 211 for information about a wide variety of resources in the community. Residents can also call one of the eight Core Service Agencies located throughout the county. Due to social distancing, people should call the agency first, not go in person. The agencies are moving most/all services to phone for the protection of both clients and staff. Click here for flyers about the Core Services Agencies in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tongan and Tagalog.
Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering to assist the County during this emergency, please fill out the form here.
County Statement on COVID-19 Cases at Assisted Living Facility in Burlingame: “San Mateo County Health has learned from Atria, an assisted living facility in Burlingame, that six residents have been hospitalized and are receiving medical care. Three have been determined positive for COVID-19. Atria has suspended all non-essential visitation and appointments for their residents and has outbreak precautions in place, including twice a day temperature checks for its residents. SMC Health-Public Health has partnered with the California Department of Public Health on the situation at Atria to assure that residents’ needs are addressed.”
SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER
Do you have questions about how the County Health Order applies to various business types? Email your questions to: healthorderFAQ@smcgov.org.
To access a Q&A of commonly asked questions, click here.
The City encourages residents to purchase food and supplies from local businesses during this time. To see a list of local businesses that have asked for your support, click here.
FREE METER PARKING
At Monday's City Council meeting, the Council decided to waiver meter fees at all City parking lots and metered spaces in commercial districts during the County's shelter in place Order. In addition, parking time limitations, will not be enforced.
San Mateo County Health has issued an order directing all residents of the County to shelter at their place of residence except to provide or receive essential services, engage in certain Essential Activities, and work for Essential Businesses and governmental services. This order is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on March 17, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020. Read the order here.
Importantly, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, and other essential businesses (defined in Section 10) can remain open during this time. Restaurants also can remain open, but only for delivery and take-out. No dining in is allowed.
As this order was issued by the County Health Officer, all questions about interpreting the order should be directed to County Health by calling 211. The County is also offering limited COVID-19 testing. Please click here for further information.
The City of Burlingame continues to evaluate how we can maintain some limited services to the community at this time. Check the City’s COVID-19 web page for updates and changes to City services. Here is the latest information on City services:
- City Hall, including Finance/Water Office: Closed to the public effective March 17. To pay your water bill, please go online here. You can also mail any payments to the City to 501 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 or deposit them in the boxes marked “Water Payments” that are located at the north entrance of City Hall and the southwest parking lot exit. If a payment receipt is requested, one will be mailed.
- For general questions, please email email@example.com or call 650-558-7200 and we will try to assist you with our skeleton crew.
- To report a critical issue or service request, click here or use the accessBurlingame app on your phone. Click here for a printable list of important City phone numbers.
- Library: Closed to the public effective March 16. Unfortunately, we will not be able to keep the building open to pick up holds and use the self-checkout machines.
- Recreation Center: Closed to the public, including restroom access.
- Parks and playgrounds: Open to the public, but please use caution when touching playground equipment, benches, water fountains, etc., wash your hands with soap and water, and practice social distancing.
- Park restrooms: Closed to the public.
- Police Department: The building lobby will be closed to the public for routine business but open for reporting crimes. Livescans and station tours are on hold. Please call 911 in the event of an emergency, or 650-777-4100 for regular business.Broken water mains and leaks, sewer stoppage issues, and street and sidewalk safety issues: Please call 650-558-7670.
- Trees: For tree emergencies, such as a limb down or tree failures, please call 911 or Burlingame Police Dispatch at 650-777-4100. For non-life-threatening tree issues, please call 650-558-7330 and leave a message. Messages will be checked twice daily. If your tree issue can wait, please call back after April 7.
- Subpoenas and claims: The City Clerk’s Office will accept delivery of subpoenas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The original should be mailed to the City Clerk’s Office with check for witness or record fee attached. The City Clerk will also be accepting claims against the City via email at email@example.com.
In addition, the Mayor, City Council, and City staff thank you for your patience as we work to determine how to proceed in the best interests of the community during the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. The health and well-being of the community and our employees is of paramount importance. We are working in coordination with San Mateo County, San Mateo County Health, and peers in neighboring cities during this ever-changing situation.
After reviewing the executive order from Governor Newsom and updated orders from the County, the City of Burlingame has decided to take the following actions to help flatten the curve and reduce the spread of the virus:
- Programs offered by the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department are being postponed/canceled effective Saturday, March 14, through Friday, April 10. To see the full message and a list of all cancelled programs, click here. The front entrance of the Recreation Center will remain open during normal business hours so that Washington Park visitors can access the Center’s restroom facilities. The rest of the building will be closed to the public.
- The Library has canceled all programs through April 10. In addition, the Main Library and Easton Branch will be closed to the public as of 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, through April 10. However, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Main Library only, patrons will be able to stop by and pick up available holds. This will be self-service with limited staff available, so you MUST have your library card or card number with you. Phone lines will still be open for assistance with holds or information.
- Offices in City Hall will be transitioning to appointment-only by Wednesday, March 18. We will provide additional information next week once the plans have been solidified.
- Monday’s City Council meeting will proceed, but those wishing to participate are encouraged to remain at home and email their comments either ahead of time or during the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff will be checking this email account regularly during the meeting. Your comment will be read out loud (the three-minute limit remains) at the appropriate time. Council meetings can be viewed online at www.burlingame.org or on television on Comcast Channel 27, Wave Channel 26, and AT&T Channel 99.
- The Planning Commission meeting on March 23 will proceed as scheduled, and those who wish to participate are encouraged to do so via email. All other commission and committee meetings are canceled.
This is a constantly evolving situation, and all of the dates and times listed above are subject to change. We will do our best to alert the community as soon as information becomes available via the City’s website, the eNews, NextDoor, and other social media channels.
We recognize the disruption this public health emergency is causing to our community and local businesses. We are all in this together, and we will do our best to continue serving the community, albeit in a limited capacity, going forward.
The Mayor, City Council, and City staff wanted to update the community regarding the coronavirus. As is the case with all other cities in San Mateo County, the City of Burlingame has been receiving frequent updates from the County of San Mateo Joint Information Center Emergency Operations Center regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) since Monday, March 2, 2020. The County Joint Information Center is obtaining its information from the San Mateo County Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because information is rapidly evolving, the City urges all residents, businesses, and visitors to directly access COVID-19 related facts and information directly from these three sources since we consider them to be the most timely, accurate, and credible sources of information.
Public Comments during City Council and Commission Meetings
To ensure the community's safety and out of an abundance of precaution, the City has set up an email address for public comments during City Council and Commission meetings for the foreseeable future.
In order to encouarge social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19, the City has set up: email@example.com.
If you would like to comment at a Council or Commission meeting but are staying home, please email your comment or question on an Agenda item or for public comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff will be checking this email account regularly during the meeting. Your comment will be read out loud (with a three-minute time limit) at the appropriate time. Example: If your comment pertains to a particular staff report, your comment will be read when the Mayor/Commission Chair opens the item for public comment.
To assist staff, label what your comment is on in the subject line of your email.