New ‘Shelter in Place Order 1.5’ begins return to normalcy

Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow relaxes some restrictions during COVID-19 crisis

DALY CITY – San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa made the following statement today after county Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow announced some shelter in place restrictions have been lifted. The new “1.5” order as Dr. Morrow calls it will allow for construction, outdoor services such as landscaping, estate planning, beach and parks activity to resume.

“This order is incredible news for those who can now return to work,” Canepa said. “We’ve done a magnificent job of bending the COVID-19 curve in the county but it’s caused great economic hardship on so many of us. This signifies that life is slowly returning to normal but that we must continue to be mindful in practicing social distancing.”

Dr. Morrow’s SIP 1.5 is summed up here:

  • Construction is allowed and all of the complications removed;
  • Outdoor services are generally allowed (mostly gardening/landscaping);
  • Traditional outdoor businesses are allowed such as nurseries, agricultural operations, garden centers;
  • Estate planning services are expanded;
  • Moving is now allowed;
  • Prohibitions on real estate transactions have been relaxed but limitations on open houses remain;
  • Car dealerships are allowed to operate as outdoor businesses only;
  • Childcare options are increasing somewhat for essential workers;
  • Allows opening of shared recreational spaces that do not involve shared equipment and that allows for social distancing, like golf courses, skate parks and athletic fields;
  • Some County parks are opening, but with active monitoring and management; and to the extent beaches are open, the SIP order prohibits the following items on beaches — umbrella, shade structures, tents, BBQs, grills, coolers, chairs and hammocks.
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