Letter to Community from Mayor 07.17.20

Posted on July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020


Colma Community,

COVID-19 is still with us, and I urge my fellow residents to not let their guard down. The fatigue is real for all of us, but we have to stay strong and keep wearing our masks, social distancing, and sheltering in place to overcome this pandemic. We are all in this together. Our comeback depends on all of us. While we are not currently on the state’s watch list, we are close to being on there and this can change at a moment’s notice. We would be going backwards, and we need to only go forward from here. Please do your part in flattening the curve and keeping our community safe, not only in Colma, but for the whole world.

New Health Order Effective July 15, 2020

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order, allowing limited outdoor visits and necessary indoor visits at long-term care facilities. The directive enables facilities to allow outdoor visits, according to certain preconditions and with safety measures in place, by family members, friends, and those making legal decisions on behalf of residents of nursing homes and other congregate care facilities. The order also provides for indoor visitation for compassionate care, for urgent health, legal, or other issues, including end of life.

The full text of the order is available here.

Governor Orders Statewide Shutdown of Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters, and Family Entertainment Centers

Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered a sweeping shutdown, effective immediately on Mon. July 13, 2020, of indoor dining, movie theaters, family entertainment centers and additional indoor operations in all counties, including San Mateo County, amid a statewide spike on COVID-19 cases.

The following must close statewide – including in San Mateo County – under the governor’s emergency order:

  • Dine-in restaurants (indoor)
  • Wineries and tasting rooms (indoor)
  • Movie theaters (indoors)
  • Family entertainment centers (indoors)
  • Zoos and museums (indoors)
  • Card rooms (indoors)
  • Brewpubs, breweries, bars and pubs (indoor and outdoor)

Outside dining is still allowed.

Newsom ordered further restrictions in 30 other counties on the state’s COVID-19 “watch list” – forcing the closure of gyms, churches, hair salons, malls, and other businesses. San Mateo County – so far – is not on the watch list and avoids those additional rollbacks.

To view the full press release from San Mateo County, please visit: https://cmo.smcgov.org/press-release/july-13-2020-governor-orders-statewide-shutdown-indoor-dining-movie-theaters-family

Health Officer orders and statements are found at the San Mateo County Health website:



Information about San Mateo County’s response to COVID-19 is at www.smcgov.org.

Great Plates Delivered Extended through August 9

San Mateo County’s Great Plates Delivered program that provides nutritious daily meals to qualified residents from participating local restaurants has been extended through Aug. 9, 2020.

Those 65 and older, or age 60-64 at high-risk from COVID-19, are COVID-19 positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, and live alone or with an eligible adult, may be eligible to receive services. Learn more at https://www.smcgov.org/food

COVID-19 Testing

San Mateo County’s free COVID-19 testing is available without restriction to anyone although appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, visit the Verily/Project Baseline, San Mateo County’s free testing provider, at https://bit.ly/2xk73OL If you don’t have access to the internet, there may be a volunteer on site who can assist you.


San Mateo – July 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

San Mateo County Event Center

1346 Saratoga Drive


Daly City – July 21 & 22 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Jefferson Union High School District Office

699 Serramonte Boulevard


East Palo Alto – July 23 & 24 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2160 Euclid Avenue


Summer Meal Program

These are tough times for some of our neighbors. Many have lost their jobs, some are ill or recovering, and all are feeling the strain of prolonged sheltering in place. Residents needing social service assistance may call 2-1-1 for information about a wide variety of resources in the community. One program is the Summer Meal Program to ensure children don’t go hungry. Food assistance is available for all children 18 and under at many locations throughout the county. The summer meals are provided by school districts and other community organizations and registration is not required. Meals are served “grab and go” style to ensure social distancing.

Moratorium on Residential Evictions Extended to July 28

The County Board of Supervisors approved, for a second time, the emergency regulation that places a countywide moratorium on the eviction of non-payment by residential tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board’s action extends the moratorium through July 28, 2020. Tenants can learn more at http://bit.ly/3ewrzfA

Please remember the Town of Colma is here for you. We have set up a dedicated website, www.colma.ca.gov/covid-19/ which is updated often with new information and resources. If you need assistance for getting food, picking up of medications or general household supplies, or just need assistance with bringing your trash and recycle containers to the curb, please let us know.  We can be reached at (650) 997-8300.



John Irish Goodwin, Mayor

Town of Colma

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