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San Mateo To Allow Indoor Activities At Businesses Later This Week

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If you live in San Mateo, and want to eat inside at a restaurant, work out at the gym or get a long-needed haircut, there’s good news: Sometime later this week, you’re likely to be able to do all those things.

That’s because the county’s Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow is expected to issue a revised and relaxed shelter-in-place order.

San Mateo got the greenlight from the state because it's increased testing capacity. It’s also developed its contact tracing program, and secured enough personal protective equipment to deal with a surge in cases.

You’ll also be able to visit zoos and museums, stay at hotels, and campgrounds. Kids will be able to go to schools and day camps.

The county does require businesses to follow standard guidelines to keep people safe.

The county does continue to see an uptick in COVID-19 cases, but hospitalization rates have declined by more than half since June 9th. The health department says plenty of hospital beds and ventilators available.

Sarah Lai Stirland is a freelance journalist and editor living in the South Bay. Her reporting background is in technology, science writing, law and policy. For the past few years, she's written about issues related to aging.