San Mateo County to allow religious services, reopening of stores and beach access – Palo Alto Daily Post

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Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County Health Officer

By the Daily Post team

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow released a new shelter-in-place order today that allows churches and stores to reopen with restrictions starting Monday, June 1. Beach access restrictions are also removed. here is a link to revised order.

Currently, stores are only allowed to sell items when the customer has arranged to pick up the merchandise at the curb of the store. Churches should hold services virtually on platforms like Zoom.

The previous order also stated that people could not go to the beach between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and that people could only go to the beach if they were within 10 miles of their home.

The county still prohibits restaurants from opening their dining rooms, although take-out orders are still legal.

The restrictions have drawn criticism from the San Mateo County Republican Party, which has sent representatives to meetings of the County Board of Supervisors to urge the county to ease the restrictions. One of the arguments made by Republicans is that the longer the shutdown lasts, the more businesses will close and the temporary layoffs will become permanent. Other California counties have moved faster to reopen, as directed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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