WATCH LIST: 38 California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse
At 6 p.m. the county announced businesses that could not be modified to operate outdoors, must close due to state orders.
UPDATE: The state has informed San Mateo County that due to being more than 3 days on the COVID monitoring list, specific indoor businesses must cease operations beginning 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Details: https://t.co/Kd1z6v2Hch— County of San Mateo (@sanmateoco) August 2, 2020
The impacted businesses include:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
- Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
- Personal care services, like nail salons and body waxing
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Shopping malls
Shops that offer tattoos, piercings, and electrolysis may not be operated outdoors and must close, the county guidelines states.
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The announcement comes after some businesses continued to operate on Saturday after county officials warned that some indoor businesses will likely come to a close on Aug 1. Although, on Saturday morning, the county announced it was still in discussion with state officials.
The County of San Mateo remains in discussion with the state and as of Aug. 1 our status on the COVID-19 Monitoring List remains the same, without the additional business closures being required. We will inform businesses and public when we have confirmation of any status change.— County of San Mateo (@sanmateoco) August 1, 2020
We had to break the news to Daly City barber Derrick Pecson, owner of Black & Gold Barber lounge.
"Honestly, I'm pretty shocked right now," said Pecson. "I didn't know it was happening right now, I thought I would have some time to talk to my guys tonight as well."
This is Kathy — she’s a hairdresser in San Carlos, when we talk to her at 5 PM she was still in limbo about whether she could stay open or not. That’s been frustrating. But now we’ve had to break the news to her that she will have the shut down at midnight, even more frustration. pic.twitter.com/Cd7znDlajw— KrisReyes (@KrisReyes) August 2, 2020
Kathy Love, owner of The Hair Hunters, a salon in San Carlos said, "The customers are calling us, 'Are you going to be open Saturday? It says you have to close at midnight.' We don't know we haven't been told yet."
ABC7 News' Kris Reyes met her as she finished with a client, not knowing that would be her last, for now.
"If we had known Thursday, we could've gotten our clients from next week in, they could've gotten their cut and their color, that's the frustrating part," said Love.
Gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, wedding and funeral venues, some offices, other personal care services and shopping malls must all shut down, according to the state, unless they can operate their business outdoors. The disappointment for some, that after weeks on high alert, San Mateo County wasn't able to avoid staying off the watch list.
"It's just new restrictions every couple weeks it's hard to keep up," said Isaac Lopez, owner of New Kingdom construction.
Inside Kathy's salon, she has been diligent and responsible. She even keeps customer records, in case she has to do contact tracing. She feels unfairly punished. Next week, alone she's canceling 15 customers.
"We're not the problem, but we become the problem because they shut us down."
A steep incline is what got San Mateo County on the watch list -- its biggest spike in July saw 136 new COVID-19 cases.
San Mateo County was the final Bay Area county added to the state's coronavirus watch list on Wednesday.
The county says increased social gatherings without proper face coverings, crowded housing conditions and workplace transmission all contribute to the rise in cases across the county.
The state has recommended for the county to improve its contract tracing and to continue stressing the importance of face coverings.
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