New guidelines issued for additional outdoor businesses and activities
Marin County is continuing its efforts to move deeper into Phase 2 of reopenings under the shelter-in-place order. Today, Marin County Public Health provided the green light for the following outdoor businesses and activities to move forward, beginning June 5:
“We’re continuing to slowly build back,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin’s Public Health Officer. “We can only do this safely if we all take the personal steps to protect ourselves and those around us. Covering your face and staying at least six feet apart, whenever possible, are simple and very effective steps.”
Businesses and organizations preparing to reopen must complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP) to define how a business will reopen in a safe and clean manner for patrons and employees. A SPP plan template is available on MarinRecovers.com to guide businesses through the planning process. The template combines state-level guidance published in the California State Resilience Roadmap and local Marin County public health policies.
Since May 4, Public Health has released updated public health orders after careful consideration of local COVID-19 indicators, leading to a gradual return to normalcy. An overview of business sector reopenings is available on MarinRecovers.com. Most recently, revised orders allowed for the reopening of outdoor retail, office space, outdoor dining, curbside library services, child care facilities, and summer/sports camps were issued as of June 1. Temporary restrictions on motorized access to parks and beaches in Marin were lifted May 29.
These businesses and activities are allowed to proceed under the current shelter-in-place order through amendments to the allowable business and allowable activity appendices.
The Marin Public Health staff is constantly monitoring public indicators of COVID-19 to inform future business reopening phases. As the State of California allows for higher-risk activities, Public Health works with industry leaders to develop reopening guidelines that consider the latest COVID-19 activity and special considerations for Marin’s more vulnerable populations.
Looking for more data?
Visit our Data & Surveillance webpage to view interactive graphs for confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Data analysis is available by age range, gender, race and geographic region. In addition, you can track the total number of local hospital visits due to respiratory illness -like activity, which provides situational awareness and could be an early indicator of potential hospital surge in Marin.
Visit our Indicators for Assessing Progress webpage to learn more about the data tracked by Health Officers across the Bay Area to measure progress in containing COVID-19 and assess to what extent we can continue to loosen the shelter in place order.
Where to get the latest information:
Have questions? Individuals can contact Marin Health and Human Services with non-medical questions about the coronavirus by email or by calling (415) 473-7191 (Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 12-noon and 1pm to 5pm).