• Councilwoman Lee

Senior Shopping Hours

In these challenging times, we all need help so we can focus on what matters. I wish for you and your loved ones, health, comfort, and ease.

The City of San Mateo continues to respond rapidly and aggressively to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate the economic impacts on residents and businesses. On Monday our Council will consider an emergency moratorium on evictions for tenants, small businesses and nonprofits during this health emergency. We need to protect the health and economic stability of our community. Due to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order there is no public meeting gathering space, please email comments: clerk@cityofsanmateo.org.



Our City and County is working with the California Grocers Association. They have restated that there is no issue with food supply chain. The primary challenge is stocking and we are relaxing restrictions on truck routes as well as working to define a standard shopping schedule to accommodate seniors and folks who are immune compromised.  


SPECIAL SHOPPING HOURS for elderly and people with compromised immune systems in #SanMateo (Please confirm with stores directly, information may have changed since 3/20/20):

  • Safeway 7:00-9:00AM Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Target 8:00-9:00AM Wednesdays

  • Whole Foods Market 8:00-9:00AM everyday

  • Draeger's 7:00-8:00AM Mondays and Thursdays

  • La Hacienda Market gives seniors/children priority in line

  • Chavez Supermarket 7:00-8:00AM everyday

  • Mollie Stone's Market 7:00-8:00AM Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

  • Piazza's Fine Foods - 5% off for seniors every day


Public Health

  • Your go-to county resource on COVID-19 is https://www.smcgov.org

  • COVID-19 Testing: Verily’s Project Baseline is a collaboration with the state of CA to expand access to COVID-19 screening and testing in areas with a high volume of known cases to help those with concerns about COVID-19 to possibly get tested free of cost at the County Event Center. https://www.projectbaseline.com

  • Mental Health: Free 24/7 service for all Californians. The Peer-Run Warm Line (855-845-7415) is a non-emergency resource for anyone seeking emotional support, providing assistance via phone and webchat to anyone in need. Sheltering in place is stressful and support is just a call away. 


Transit & Infrastructure

  • 3/20/20: Calwater confirmed that drinking water they supply continues to be safe and can be used as normal. Numerous state, federal, international, and non-governmental organizations have explained that COVID-19 is not transmitted through drinking water. Their critical infrastructure remains reliable and water system infrastructure continues to operate normally. Learn more

  • 3/19/20: MTC issued a public notice of the tolling cessation yesterday. Due to the corona virus and shelter-in-place orders from all Bay Area Counties, all three Bay Area Express Lane Operators (BAIFA, VTA, and ACTC) conferred and agreed to jointly cease express lane tolling beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5am. The planned duration will be through the end of the shelter-in-place mandates or if traffic levels increase to a level that could warrant tolling. Learn more

  • 3/19/20: Caltrain is suspending planned increases to Clipper fare products. Learn more


Please call 2-1-1 for non-emergency, non-medical questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you wish to report a concern about shelter in place violation in San Mateo. Our staff will respond and if necessary it will be elevated to the police department. Our police are a precious resource that we don’t want to unnecessarily burden.


Together we will get through this with compassion and generosity - qualities that are at the core of our community.



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