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Archived: Appendix C-1: Guidelines for Businesses Permitted to Operate (January 25, 2021)

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ARCHIVEDAppendix C-1: Guidelines for Businesses Permitted to Operate

Original effective date: January 25, 2021

Please note that this Appendix C-1 supersedes and rescinds the Appendix C-1 issued December 22, 2020 and effective December 23, 2020. On December 3, 2020, the State of California issued the Regional Stay at Home Order, which evaluates public health within 5 State Regions, based on hospital capacity for persons resident in those Regions. Marin County is part of the State’s Bay Area Region and became subject to the Regional Stay at Home Order on December 16, 2020. As of January 25, 2021, the Bay Area Region met criteria to exit the Regional Stay at Home Order and therefore, Marin County will immediately go back to the appropriate tier based on the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, issued on August 28, 2020.

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy provides a tiered system for counties which assigns counties to risk tiers (purple, red, orange, or yellow) based on COVID transmission rates and related metrics. The County’s Blueprint tier is subject to change by the State, including re-classification to a more or less-restrictive tier. Businesses in the County are permitted to operate to the extent allowed by the County’s designated Blueprint tier on a given date. Marin County’s Blueprint tier status is available on the COVID19.CA.GOV site. All permitted operations must be conducted in strict compliance with the general and industry-specific guidance below. If State and County orders differ, Businesses and Residents must follow the more restrictive directives and orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Requirements

All permitted business operations should be conducted with the goal of reducing the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission at the business site, with attention to the following factors:

  • Increase in mobility and volume of activity—the overall impact the reopening will have on the number of people on the business premises, including staff and patrons;
  • Contact intensity—the type (close or distant) and duration (brief or prolonged) of the contact involved in the business;
  • Number of contacts—the approximate number of people that will be in the setting at the same time;
  • Modification potential—the degree to which mitigation measures can decrease the risk of transmission.

To mitigate the risk of transmission to the greatest extent possible, before resuming operations, Businesses permitted to operate must:

  1. Prepare, post, implement, and distribute to their Personnel a Site-Specific Protective Plan as specified in Appendix A of the Risk Reduction Order for each of their facilities in the County frequented by personnel or members of the public; and
  2. Prepare, post, implement, and distribute to their Personnel a written health and safety plan that addresses all applicable best practices set forth in relevant Health Officer directives.

As used in this Appendix C-1, “Personnel” means the following people who provide goods or services associated with the Business in the County:  employees; contractors and sub-contractors (such as those who sell goods or perform services onsite or who deliver goods for the business); independent contractors (such as “gig workers” who perform work via the Business’s app or other online interface); vendors who are permitted to sell goods onsite; volunteers; and other individuals who regularly provide services onsite at the request of the Business.

Also, each Business permitted to operate must comply with Social Distancing Requirements as well as all relevant state guidance and local directives. Where a conflict exists between the state guidance and local public heath directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most restrictive provision controls.

Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate

If permitted to operate, the Business shall operate in strict compliance with the State’s guidance located at consistent with the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. In addition, the below listed Businesses must also follow the Marin specific guidance listed below.

No local guidance at this time.


Matt Willis, MD, MPH
Health Officer of the County of Marin