The following COVID-19 emergency proclamations, regulations, and ordinances have been approved by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Please refer to city, state, or federal websites for any other COVID-19 emergency actions or regulations that may apply to you.  

This webpage will be updated regularly however it does not supersede any subsequent action taken by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (click here to view and search Board of Supervisors meeting minutes for information on final actions taken by the Board). 


Business Proclamations, Regulations, and Ordinances

Approve an Emergency Regulation of the County of San Mateo temporarily suspending County Zoning Regulations and use permit requirements, including conditions of approval, for outdoor dining on the premises of restaurants, and for outdoor services on the premises of hair salons and barber shops, personal care services, places of worship, gyms and fitness centers, and wineries, in compliance with the social distancing and other requirements of the County Health Officer Order and State and local directives regarding reopening of businessesThis Emergency Ordinance is effective August 4, 2020. Click here to view additional details on the August 4, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.


Adoption of an emergency ordinance requiring the provision of supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19 related reasons for employees of employers with 500 or more employees in the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. This Emergency Ordinance is effective July 8, 2020. Click here to view additional details on the July 7, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes. To search whether an address is within an unincorporated area of the County, please use the Property Maps Portalhttps://gis.smcgov.org/Html5Viewer/?viewer=raster.  Please note that at this time, the Property Maps Portal does not include addresses at San Francisco International Airport, which is located within an unincorporated area of the County. 


Adopt an uncodified urgency ordinance of the County of San Mateo extending for 30 days, through June 30, 2020, temporary moratorium in the unincorporated area on eviction for non-payment of rent by small business commercial tenants directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This Emergency Ordinance is effective April 7, 2020 through June 30, 2020. Click here to view additional details on the May 26, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.


Adopt Emergency Regulation 2020-003 of the County of San Mateo temporarily suspending, Countywide, any requirement that retail establishments charge for recycled paper bags or reusable bags. This Emergency Regulation was approved by the Board of Supervisors on May 26, 2020Click here to view additional details on the May 26, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.

General COVID-19 Proclamations, Regulations, and Ordinances

Approve an Emergency Regulation of the County of San Mateo temporarily suspending County Zoning Regulations and use permit requirements, including conditions of approval, for outdoor dining on the premises of restaurants, and for outdoor services on the premises of hair salons and barber shops, personal care services, places of worship, gyms and fitness centers, and wineries, in compliance with the social distancing and other requirements of the County Health Officer Order and State and local directives regarding reopening of businesses. Click here to view additional details on the August 4, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.

Adopt a resolution temporarily suspending certain County ordinances, rules, regulations, or policies relating to the procurement of goods and services during the period of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) local emergency; and B) Approve an Appropriation Transfer Request receiving a contribution in the amount of $15,000,000 from Non-Departmental Reserves to be allocated towards operating costs for the County of San Mateo's Emergency Operations Center. This Resolution was approved on March 24, 2020.  Click here to view additional details on the March 24, 2020, Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.

Adopt a resolution ratifying and extending the declaration of local health emergency by the San Mateo County Health Officer. This Resolution was approved on March 10, 2020. Click here to view additional details on the March 10, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.

Adopt a resolution ratifying and extending the proclamation of local emergency by the San Mateo County Director of Emergency Services. This Resolution was approved on March 10, 2020. Click here to view additional details on the March 10, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.

Relief Efforts

Adopt a resolution: A) Authorizing the contribution of $2,000,000 to the Emergency Financial Assistance Program, comprised of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds received by the Department of Housing pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and additional CARES Act funds or other funds as determined by the County Manager, for the provision of emergency rent assistance grants to residential tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19 or the government response to COVID-19; and B) Authorizing the disbursement of $300,000 in CARES Act funds or other funds as determined by the County Manager to Samaritan House for payment of administrative fees for administration of the Emergency Financial Assistance Program; and C) Authorizing and directing the County Manager and his designees to negotiate and execute appropriate agreements with the County's Core Service agencies for the administration of, and disbursing of grants from the Emergency ... Click here to view additional details on the August 4, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.


Public Internet Connectivity Pilot ProjectAdopt a resolution: A) Approving a $2,879,010 allocation of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds for the purposes of funding the "Public Internet Connectivity Pilot Project" to improve high-speed internet access for disadvantaged students; and B) Waiving the Request for Proposals (RFP) process and authorizing: 1. The County Manager, or the County Manager's designee, to prepare and execute agreements with Smartwave Technologies for the provision of design, installation, and maintenance services that will expand the current SMC Public Wi-Fi network in an amount not to exceed $1,916,585, and for the provision of mobile wireless access points in an amount not to exceed $250,620, with both agreements having a term of August 4, 2020, to August 4, 2021; and 2. Ratification of an agreement and amendment with Kaizen Technology Partners for consultancy and data services for the term of May 29, 2020, to May 28, 2021 in an amount not-to-exceed $495,000. Click here to view additional details on the August 4, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.


Child Care Relief Fund: Click on the links below to view additional details on the Board of Supervisors meeting agenda. Final actions are recorded in the meeting minutes.


Immigrant Relief Fund: Measure K: Adopt a resolution: A) Authorizing the contribution of $2,000,000 in Measure K funds to the San Mateo County Immigrant Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to residents of San Mateo County who have been economically impacted by COVID-19, and who are ineligible for federal financial assistance programs because of their immigration status; and B) Authorizing the County Manager, or his designee, to execute a grant agreement with Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County and Mission Asset Fund for the contribution of a total amount not to exceed $2,000,000 to the San Mateo County Immigrant Relief Fund and distribution to selected recipients for a term of July 15, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Click here to view additional details on the July 7, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting minutes.


Residential Rental Proclamations, Regulations and Ordinances