Today, July 29, 2020, Governor Newsom has announced that San Mateo County, the only Bay Area County not previously on the watch list, was placed on the COVID-19 Watch List for monitoring for a three day period. This could mean additional closures after a three day period.

The three-day clock begins today, which means additional restrictions would take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. County officials believe that the local case rate will not decrease by Saturday and urge businesses and the community to prepare now for the additional restrictions.

According to state guidelines, the following industries or activities must shut down, unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

  • 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

Please watch your email closely over the next couple of days. If these closures go into effect, St. Matthias will live stream the Saturday 5:00 pm Mass on YouTube, and St. Charles will live stream the Sunday 8:30 am Mass on Facebook. Masses will once again be closed to the public with only the minimum number of ministers present.

Read the full order from the County of San Mateo County Manager’s Office.