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COVID-19 Business Resources

California Releases New Blueprint for Reducing COVID-19:


Understand San Mateo County's Status & How it Affects Your Business:

Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary. Click here for more information.

*NEW: San Mateo County Child Care Relief Fund - Call for Applications!

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors allocated $2M of CARES Act funds to the Child Care Relief Fund. Eligibility for this grant program is limited to licensed child care centers and family child care homes as well as license-exempt public recreation and school-district operated programs in the County that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

The application opens Monday, August 24 at 9am! Applications are due by September 4 at 5pm.

Grants will cover one month of operating expenses up to $10,000 for family child care homes and $55,000 for child care centers. Multi-site agencies are eligible for one grant.

The program will prioritize child care programs that serve the most vulnerable San Mateo County residents, demonstrate fiscal sustainability, and participate in existing county initiatives such as the Big Lift and Quality Counts.

Child Care Relief Fund

For more information and to apply, please click here 

Latest San Mateo County Health Order

The new San Mateo County Health Order aligns the County with Gov. Gavin Newsom's blueprint for reducing COVID-19. Businesses in San Mateo County now follow the state's schedule for reopening but must adhere to the local order's COVID-19 safety measures and follow state guidance.

San Mateo County Health Officer Order Link

State Link Regarding Guidance to Reopen Your Business or Facility Safely

Outdoor Dining, Retail & Business Services in Daly City

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

How to Start Outdoor Operations 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, Retail & Business Services Permit Application Link

Document Display Required for Businesses (Link)

Restaurants & certain commercial retail/service providers may now offer outdoor retail operations to their customers. You must work with the City of Daly City to receive a permit for outdoor dining & retail on both private property (like a parking lot) or the public right-of-way (like a sidewalk). In order to offer outdoor dining & retail, you must also offer alternatives like take-out and/or delivery.


*Let us know if you are interested in outdoor dining, retail or other business services 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


Face Covering Signs for Businesses


The County of San Mateo has created signs that businesses may download and print. These signs provide guidance to customers who are now required to wear face coverings to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Click here to access the signs.


Face Mask Signs


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

Additional 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.