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Baywood Bulletin May 2020

Get caught up fast on what you need to know about Baywood and San Mateo!



While we all still are strictly practicing social distancing and doing everything we can to stay safe and healthy, there is a sense of "new beginnings" in the air.  People are coming out of their homes a bit more (with their masks on), waving at each other across the street, walking their dogs and cycling with their kids.  It is Spring and flowers are in mad bloom all over Baywood.  At your Baywood Owners Improvement Association (BOIA), we thought it was a great time to launch our redesigned website to give all our Baywood neighbors a great place to get everything they need to know about Baywood, from upcoming events to interesting stories from our past.  Please check it out at and give us your feedback! Please also tell your Baywood neighbors to contact us on our website or email us at so they also know what's happening in Baywood. A special thanks to our BOIA Marketing intern, Zoe McKay, a rising senior at Aragon High School, for leading our website redesign efforts.  Zoe also will be increasing BOIA outreach on our Facebook page and on Nextdoor.  She looks forward to connecting with our Baywood neighbors to hear what's on your minds!


This is certainly the most unique graduation year of our lifetimes.  All of Baywood, and all of San Mateo, are showing our graduates, from nursery school through high school, how special we think they are and how excited we are for them to take the next step in their education and their lives.   Thank you, Class of 2020, for being the smart, adventurous, curious, caring group of people you are.  We need your energy, your vision and your ideas to make tomorrow better for all of us.  When you are old enough, register to vote, and make sure your voices are heard every election.  You are our future! Parents, friends and families, please join the rest of San Mateo and neighboring school districts on Friday, June 12th, from 7pm-7:15pm to celebrate our Class of 2020 graduates.  We all will go outside then and "make some noise for the Class of 2020."  Please help us spread the word and be as noisy as you can be for those 15 minutes to say "congrats" to our graduates!


San Mateo County’s updated health order has eased some restrictions to allow for additional activities and businesses to open. As of May 18, the County Health Officer updated the local Shelter in Place Order to generally align with the State’s orders and Early Phase 2 reopening plan. However, because COVID-19 continues to spread in our community, San Mateo County remains under stricter requirements, this includes requiring people wear face coverings and practice social distancing. 

Key Updates: 

  • Additional Businesses Allowed: Retail businesses can be open for curbside pickup and delivery only. Products must be ordered in advance. This includes businesses such as bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing and shoes stores, home and furnishing stores, support goods stores, and florists.

  • Additional Services Allowed: select services can reopen with additional safety precautions including pet grooming, dog walking, car washes, appliance repair, residential and janitorial cleaning and plumbing. Customers and service providers must wear face coverings and be able to remain 6 feet apart.

  • Office spaces: non-essential business offices may reopen, but only if they cannot perform their job duties from home.

  • Recreation: Tennis courts can reopen. Do not use shared equipment with people outside your household. Dog parks and playgrounds remain closed. Parking may be limited. See additional City park restrictions on our FAQ page.

  • San Mateo County Beaches: Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., all public access to coastside parks, trails, and beaches west of Highway 1 must be initiated from one’s residence and may not involve the use of a motor vehicle to travel to any such recreational area. 

  • Restaurants: are open for take-out only. Dining is NOT currently allowed under the state or county health orders. However, the City is working closely with our business community to consider ways to provide additional outdoor seating areas for when dine-in is allowed by both state and county health officials. Check out the Downtown San Mateo Association’s guide to see what restaurants are open for some delicious take out in downtown! 

Review the Health Order or call 2-1-1 for information about what businesses are allowed to operate. Want to report a health order violation at a business? Please call the City of San Mateo's Code Enforcement Division at (650) 522-7011.

It’s important to remember COVID-19 continues to spread in our community, and the County Health Officer Dr. Morrow warns the easing of some restrictions does not mean it’s safe to be out. Everyone should still maintain social distancing, cover your face, and heed all public health warnings. We can all do our part to protect ourselves and each other.  Thank you.


The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors launched The San Mateo County Strong Fund so everyone can help those impacted by COVID-19 and do so with confidence.  At SMCSTRONG.ORG, you can choose to donate to help individuals/families, small businesses, non-profits or wherever the need is greatest.  There also is a comprehensive list of COVID-19 Local Resources for residents, businesses and organizations in San Mateo County to access. 100% of donations to The San Mateo County Strong Fund will stay in San Mateo County.  Your tax-deductible donation will help:

  • Individuals/Families cover basic household expenses

  • Small Local Businesses avoid layoffs and stay open or reopen once feasible

  • Non-Profits provide services to our most vulnerable populations like seniors, homeless individuals or people with disabilities

The San Mateo County Strong Fund is being administered in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the nation. Please consider making a donation today at and sharing this email broadly with your friends, neighbors, networks and on social media.  Together, we are #SMCSTRONG.


Last month, we put out a call for baby essentials for Samaritan House, San Mateo County's leading anti-poverty agency.  You answered in force.  We collected over $2,500 of supplies for new mothers and their newborns, including 3,000 diapers!  Samaritan House was able to distribute those supplies to help make Mother's Day just a little happier for many families.  Thanks to everyone who participated! Please note that Samaritan House and BOIA have no official connection with the organizer of this Mother's Day baby essentials drive.  100% of all items collected were donated to Samaritan House.

San Mateo City Newsletter The City of San Mateo has a City-wide eNewsletter where you can find information about upcoming activities, events, projects, initiatives and more.  Brought to you from the City Manager's Office, this newsletter includes information from the Community Development, Fire, Library, Parks and Recreation, Police and Public Works departments. Please visit the email notification page to sign up for future newsletters.  Check out the latest City newsletter here.


Love your Baywood neighborhood?  Want to get to know your neighbors and make Baywood an even better place to live?  Please consider joining the BOIA Board.  We are a small group with big plans for Baywood! Whether you’re interested in some of our Beautification projects (e.g. Best of Baywood), would like to organize neighborhood get-togethers like our Baywood Social, or would like to help represent Baywood to other neighborhoods and City government departments, we would love to have you join us. BOIA also has an important information distribution role during times like our COVID-19 Shelter In Place to help ensure all our neighbors are safe. Our BOIA Board meets the second Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm-9:00pm. We welcome any interested Baywood resident to come to one of our meetings to see what we're up to and share your ideas for how to make Baywood the best neighborhood. We will meet virtually during our Shelter in Place period. Please contact Michael Nash at or 650.400.6274. Thank you to everyone who has paid their annual BOIA dues to help pay for the fun activities you read about in the Baywood Bulletin.  There are three levels of dues: Gold: $130; Silver: $80 and Basic: $30.  If you haven't had a chance to pay your dues yet, we would be grateful if you could send your cheque to: Baywood Owners Improvement Association PO Box 349 San Mateo, CA 94401-0349

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