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COVID-19 Business Resources

San Mateo County Enters Stage 2 of COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap

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*New San Mateo County Health Order

The new San Mateo County Health Order, effective June 17, 2020, aligns the County with Gov. Gavin Newsom's Resilience Roadmap. Businesses in San Mateo County will now follow the state's schedule for reopening but must adhere to the local order's COVID-19 safety measures and follow state guidance.

Certain Businesses Now Eligible to Resume Operations

The New Health Order allows for a number of businesses to resume operations after they produce and post health and safety plans (see link below) outside of their business. Businesses eligible to resume operations include dine-in restaurants, hair salons and barber shops, casinos, family entertainment centers, restaurants, wineries and bars, zoos and museums, gyms and fitness centers, hotels, cardrooms and racetracks, and campgrounds/outdoor recreation.

Social distancing protocol form link for businesses (must post a copy at each public business entrance)

New San Mateo County Health Order information link 

Outdoor Dining for Restaurants

The new San Mateo County Health Order now allows outdoor dining with safety measures and other restrictions to ensure social distancing. Read the requirements here.

How to Start Outdoor Dining in Daly City:

Daly City has developed a no-fee permit process to make it easy for businesses to utilize outdoor space. Start your application today!

Outdoor Dining Permit Application Link

Acknowledgement of Shelter-In-Place Form (Supplement to Application)

Restaurants that were previously licensed to provide sit-down food service may now provided outdoor, sit-down meals. You must work with the City of Daly City to receive a permit for outdoor dining on both private property (like a parking lot) or the public right-of-way (like a sidewalk). In order to offer outdoor dining, you must also offer alternatives like take-out and/or delivery.

*Let us know if you are interested in outdoor dining and we will help answer any questions you might have.

Contact: Brandon Phipps, Economic Development Specialist

(650) 991-8162

Questions about what you need to do to comply with the new Health Order?
Contact County Environmental Health at (650) 372-6200 or Learn more at


Click here for Spatial Strategies Restaurants can use in Response to COVID-19.

Click here for more information on Stage 2 of the COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap.

Click here for a summary table of financial assistance resources available to small businesses and non-profits


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Grants will be evaluated on a first come-first served basis once a completed application, including all supporting documentation, is received. Submission of an incomplete application will not go into the decision queue until all supporting documents are received.

If you are interested in applying, we recommend you get your relevant business documents together now. The application process may require non-profits to present business licenses, bank statements, profit and loss statements, IRS or FTB tax returns, and proof of rent or occupancy. Financial resources are limited, and as such, the ability of non-profits to assemble and submit complete applications in a timely manner will play a significant role in which businesses receive funding.


On April 21, 2020, The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors authorized San Mateo Credit Union’s (SMCU) Community Fund to administer and distribute $1 million in Measure K funds from the San Mateo County Strong Fund to San Mateo County small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19.

The online portal to apply for funds opened on Monday, April 27, 2020 at It is anticipated that approximately 100 businesses will be assisted by the $1,000,000. All qualifying small businesses, regardless of the immigration status of the business owners, may apply.

Additional Assistance Resources Available in Response to COVID-19:

Small / Medium Businesses:

Sole Proprietorships / Self-Employed Individuals:

NOTE: Self-employed individuals should also explore the “Small Nonprofits” section, as they may also be eligible for a number of those opportunities.


Small Non-profits (fewer than 500 employees):

Large Non-Profits (more than 500 employees):

Top Tips For Non-Profits:

  1. Contact your bank. Nonprofits should promptly reach out to their primary banking partner as they are the agents administering the SBA programs and there have been an extremely high volume of applicants. SBA-approved lenders and other information centers in your local area can be found on the SBA’s website at
  2. When in doubt, file. When in doubt if your organization qualifies for a loan program, file for relief and let the SBA decide if you qualify. There is no penalty for submitting an application, and the SBA is expected to take a broad approach to eligibility.
  3. Confirm State and local considerations. Generally, the various forms of relief provided by the CARES Act, such as deferral of payroll taxes, do not automatically extend to payroll and other taxes imposed at the state and local levels.
  4. Remember good governance. Boards should be actively informed and engaged in steering their organizations through the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, consistent with their fiduciary duties.
  5. Other relief. Additional relief and resources may be available based on a nonprofit organization’s type of operations, such as for healthcare organizations, food and shelter organizations, universities, arts and cultural institutions, as well as for organizations that have government contracts.

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Questions? Please contact Brandon Phipps, Economic Development Specialist, at or at (650) 991-8162.