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Posted on: March 5, 2020



Visit San Mateo County’s website at for the latest information on COVID-19 and the shelter in place order.  

Click here to view all the Town COVID-19 e-Blasts and be sure to subscribe at       

Update - August 3, 2020
On Saturday, the State informed San Mateo County that due to being COVID monitoring list for more than 3 days, specific indoor businesses must cease operations unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.  The State’s order is effective as of 12:01am on August 2nd.  Click here to read the full San Mateo County press release with a full list of businesses ordered to shut down or modify to outside/pick-up.

Update - July 30, 2020
San Mateo County has been added to the State’s monitoring list due to an increase in the rate of COVID-19 cases in the County.  County officials warn that it is unlikely that the County will be removed from the list after the three day monitoring period, meaning that additional shutdowns will take affect at 12:01am on August 1st.  Click here to read the full San Mateo County press release.

Update - July 13, 2020
Gov. Gavin Newsom today ordered a sweeping shutdown 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.   Click here to read the full San Mateo County press release.

Update - June 17, 2020
With the approval of San Mateo County’s variance request, County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order to align the County with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap. Businesses in San Mateo County will now follow the State’s schedule for reopening but must adhere to the local order’s COVID-19 safety measures and follow State guidance.  Click here to read the full press release with links to the full order.  
Update - May 29, 2020:

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow issued a revised shelter in place order to allow, with restrictions and safety measures, places of worship to hold services and retail stores to allow customers inside. The order, which goes into effect on June 1, 2020, further aligns the County with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap.  Click here to read the full press release with links to the full order and appendices.

Update - May 15, 2020:

A new health order will go into effect on May 18th and will bring San Mateo County into alignment with early Phase 2 of Governer Newsom’s Resiliency Roadmap.  The new order continues to restrict most activity, travel and governmental and business functions to essential needs, outdoor activities and outdoor businesses but adds additional businesses and activities to the list of permitted functions.  Click here to read the full press release with links to the full order and appendices.

Update - April 30, 2020:

The seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a shelter in place in mid-March will extend the orders through May 31st while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place.  Click here to read the full press release.

Update - April 20, 2020:

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued a new order requiring members of the public and workers at essential businesses to wear face coverings outside the home for certain activities and in places of business.  The order will take effect at 11:59pm on April 17, 2020 but will not be enforced until 8:00am on April 22, 2020. It will remain in effect until it is amended or superseded by the health officer.  Click here to read the full press release.

Update - April 6, 2020:

San Mateo County Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow has issued new orders requiring persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate themselves and for the close contacts of persons who have tested positive to remain in quarantine for 14 days.  Click here to read the official press release.
Update - April 3, 2020:

Bay Area health officials are recommending residents cover their nose and mouth with cloth when leaving home for essential travel such as doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits.  The regional recommendation aligns with new guidance from the California Department of Public Health.  Click here to read the press release.

Update - March 31, 2020:

San Mateo County, along with all other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley, has extended the shelter in place order to May 3, 2020.  Click here to read the press release.

Update - March 30, 2020:

San Mateo County Parks announced that all County parks are closed until further notice.  Click here to read the official press release.  The Town of Hillsborough’s parks are open except for play structures.  Please continue to follow best practices for social distancing and avoiding large gatherings when outside.

Update - March 24, 2020:

The San Mateo County Office of Education has extended school closures until May 1, 2020.  Click here for more details.

Update - March 23, 2020:

Construction in Town

After consultation with state and county representatives and an in-depth review of both shelter in place orders, the Town has determined that certain essential construction projects may proceed in Hillsborough.

Click here for an explanation of allowable projects and the procedures they must abide by.

Update - March 20, 2020:

On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide Stay at Home Order. Shelter in place is now statewide.

Update – March 18, 2020:

The Town held a Special City Council Meeting on March 17, 2020 regarding COVID-19.  Click here to read a message from Mayor Shawn Christianson.
Update – March 16, 2020:

All Essential Services Remain Operational - Town Hall Facilities Closed to the Public 

On March 16, 2020, the Public Health Officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, with the City of Berkeley, announced a legal order directing their respective residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution, Town of Hillsborough facilities will be closed to the public, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. Additionally, the March 30, 2020 Architecture Design and Review Board meeting has been cancelled. You can still reach the Town by phone, fax, or e-mail. Refer to the Staff Directory link for a list of e-mails and phone numbers.  

Please click here to read the full order from the County of San Mateo and here for the order FAQ page.  Call 2-1-1 for any non-medical related questions.

Public Transportation

Public transportation schedules may be reduced due to the order. Please visit specific transit sites for the most updated information:

BART | Caltrain | SamTrans | SF Muni | VTA

Water Quality

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has stated that COVID-19 has no impact on water quality from the Hetch Hetchy System.

Update – March 11, 2020:

Status of Town Events and Meetings

The Town of Hillsborough is continuing to work with San Mateo County Health and our neighboring cities to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Recently, the County Health Officer released a statement urging organizations to evaluate all non-essential gatherings to see if they can be cancelled, postponed or done remotely. In response to the Health Director’s recommendation, the Town is evaluating events and meetings that use Town facilities on a case-by-case basis. If you are planning to attend an event at a Town facility, please contact the organizer to check the status of the event. The Town of Hillsborough thanks you for your understanding and cooperation.


Original Post:

The Town of Hillsborough and our neighboring communities are working together with San Mateo County Health regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The Town has continuity of operations plans in place to prevent interruptions to Town services.

Stay Informed 

San Mateo County Health offers facts about COVID-19 at the following link:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is updating its website daily with the latest information:

The Town of Hillsborough’s coronavirus update page can be accessed here:

The Hillsborough City School District COVID-19 updates page can be accessed here: 

Dial 211 to reach the San Mateo County COVID-19 Call Center

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The San Mateo County COVID-19 Call Center is now available to answer non-medical questions. A language line is available for non-English speaking callers.

Individuals who dial the previous call center number (650-363-4422) will be instructed to call 211.

Prevention Tips

The CDC has also published tips and best practices on how to protect yourself from contracting the virus. Preventative actions include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and certainly if your commute includes public transit. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

The CDC’s full preventative tips page can be viewed here:

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