May 11, 2021: San Mateo County to Advance to California’s Yellow Tier; County Health Aligns Mask Guidelines with State

Yellow tier status allows broadest reopening of economy since beginning of the pandemic

May 11, 2021
Redwood City —
The state of California today announced that, beginning Wednesday, May 12, a multitude of indoor businesses and activities in San Mateo County can reopen or expand as the risk from COVID-19 is “minimal.”

The move to the state’s least restrictive yellow tier allows expanded capacity at restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, indoor businesses and a host of other operations. Bars that do not serve food can reopen indoors with a maximum capacity of 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

This is San Mateo County’s first time in the yellow tier since the state last summer unveiled the color-coded Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The advance comes six weeks before Gov. Gavin Newsom has said the entire state may fully reopen on June 15.

“Moving to the yellow tier is a credit to everyone who has worn their masks to slow the spread and to the 76 percent of us here in San Mateo County who have rolled up their sleeves and gotten the vaccine,” said David J. Canepa, president of the Board of Supervisors.

“This is also terrific news for our business community,” Canepa said. “Let’s keep up the good work and if you haven’t done so, please get vaccinated as soon as you can. You can walk in to many vaccination sites and get a shot without an appointment.”

The move into yellow officially takes effect Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.

The state moved the county to the yellow tier based on the following metrics as calculated by the state.

The adjusted COVID-19 case rate has fallen to 1.8, and test positivity rate is 0.6%. The health equity quartile positivity rate is 1.3. The health equity quartile measures rates of infection with the virus in the county’s most disadvantaged communities based on the California Healthy Places Index.

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