Business & Economy

No. At this time, only children/youth (under age 18) sports leagues are permitted to operate.

Last Updated 06/05/2020 - 16:40

Yes, youth sports leagues may operate as long as they follow the Health Officer Guidelines for Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps and Sports Camps.  Under the current guidance, sports leagues can permit stable groups of up to 12 children/youth to engage in sports activities (e.g., practice).  However, these stable groups of 12 children/youth may not scrimmage or play games against children/youth in a different group.  Any coach working with a stable group of children/youth cannot work with any other group of children/youth.  Additionally, any child/youth participating in a sports league cannot participate in any other childcare establishment, sports camp, summer camp, or sports league during that same time period.  All sports leagues must operate for a minimum of three weeks.

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 13:49

All charter boat operators must abide by the following Industry-Specific Guidance of the Health Officer: Charter Boat Operators, Outdoor Recreation Activity Businesses, Recreational Equipment Rental Businesses, and Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps and Sports Camps.  Additionally, all charter boat operators must follow all existing Health Officer Orders, including the Facial Coverings Order, and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:11

Yes, as of June 5, 2020, charter boats may operate in the County.  Charter boats include boats available for rent or charter for fishing, memorial services at sea, sightseeing, and other activities.  All charter boat operations must follow all existing Health Officer Orders, including the Facial Coverings Order, and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan.  Additionally, all charter boat operations must abide by the following Industry-Specific Guidelines of the Health Officer: Charter Boat Operators, Outdoor Recreation Activity Businesses, Recreational Equipment Rental Businesses, and Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps and Sports Camps.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:12

“With permission from the local jurisdictions and/or shopping center, Curbside Retailers may display merchandise curbside or create an outdoor retail location. Curbside Retailers must clearly designate and mark any outdoor retail location. Local jurisdictions shall have flexibility to create outdoor space use solutions that work for their communities.” Quoted from Best Practices for Curbside & Outdoor Retailers.

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 17:41

Beginning June 12, with permission from the local jurisdictions and/or shopping center, retailers mY now offer curbside, outdoor and indoor retail options following the public health guidelines posted . Trying on items is not allowed under the current Order. Both customers and employees must sanitize or glove hands before handling any merchandise.

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:26

Operation of retail stores for curbside pickup applies only to the sale of goods and not the provision of services. So you may sell goods at the door, but you cannot exchange shoes to be repaired at this time.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:24

All retail stores reopening to provide curbside pickup must prepare a Site-Specific Protection Plan and comply with the Industry-Specific Guidance Of The Health Officer Of The County Of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices For Curbside Retailers located at https://marinrecovers.com/retail/. As part of this plan, retail stores must ensure proper social distancing, including ensuring six-feet separation between all employees. The size of your store and your ability to ensure proper social distancing will determine how many employees may work in your store at one time.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:56

If your store has an entrance that opens directly to an adjacent sidewalk, street or alley, it may open for curbside pickup as long as it complies with the Site-Specific Protection Plan and the Industry-Specific Guidance Of The Health Officer Of The County Of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices For Curbside Retailers located at https://marinrecovers.com/retail/. If your store does not have an entrance that opens directly to the outside—i.e., if the only way to enter the store is by going through an indoor space—it may not open for curbside pickup at this time, however, it may open under the guidelines for Indoor Retail.

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:23

Yes, outdoor businesses, outdoor recreation activities, charter boat operations, and other additional business currently operating may rent equipment.  All rental equipment must be sanitized after each use and operators must follow the Industry-Specific Guidance of the Health Officer for Recreational Equipment Rental Businesses, Charter Boat OperatorsOutdoor Recreation Activity BusinessesFacial Coverings Order, and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan.  Additionally, all charter boat operations must abide by the following Industry-Specific Guidelines of the Health Officer: Charter Boat Operators, Outdoor Recreation Activity Businesses, Recreational Equipment Rental Businesses, and Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps and Sports Camps.

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 16:32

Outdoor Businesses as defined under the Health Officer Order, including those businesses that formerly operated exclusively or primarily in public spaces, may open with all required and appropriate safeguards in place. Due to the nature of outdoor businesses operating exclusively or primarily in public spaces (i.e. outdoor boot camps, yoga in the park, outdoor photography or art classes, etc.), the number of individuals gathering for such an activity is strictly limited to 10 (including any instructors or business owners) at any given time.  This size limitation is due to the fact that individuals participating in such activities remain in close proximity to each other for prolonged periods of time, which increases inherent risks even though social distancing must be maintained at all times. No equipment (i.e. mats, weights, art supplies) may be shared or provided for short-term rental. Other business reopening guidelines can be found at MarinRecovers.com

The new health Order lifts all of the Prior Order’s restrictions related to motorized access to outdoor recreation areas within Marin County (“the County”), leaving it to local jurisdictions to allow, limit or prohibit motorized access to those areas as appropriate in order to slow the transmission of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). In addition, portions of park facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering – including playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, and benches – will remain closed.

Residents are strongly encouraged to verify the status of local parks and remaining restrictions with their local jurisdictions. Marin County Parks has curated a status list of its park locations in Marin County. In addition, One Tam maintains a similar page covering regional, state, and federal recreational lands.

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 16:42

Thanks to the collective effort of our residents, we have made progress in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, ensuring our hospitals are not overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases and saving lives. This progress allows us to ease some restrictions to allow businesses and activities to move forward, so long as they strictly comply with social distancing requirements, business reopening guidelines and other protections of current public health orders.

Appendix C-1 of the shelter in place order has allowed additional businesses to re-open, and Appendix C-2 of the shelter in place order has allowed certain activities to continue.

However, at this stage of the pandemic, we need to maintain many restrictions of shelter-in-place so that we do not lose the progress we have achieved. Lifting too many restrictions too soon could easily lead to a large surge in cases and result in avoidable hospitalizations and deaths, and it may also lead to longer-term economic harms.

View our reopening status in Marin, including future reopening dates.>

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 14:07

Governmental entities are strongly encouraged to complete Site-Specific Protection Plans for each of their facilities that remain open for any essential governmental functions, though the Order does not require them to do so. Just as with private businesses, Site-Specific Protection Plans assist governments in implementing risk reduction measures identified by the Health Officer, ensure that government agency staff and community members accessing government services are protected, and inform government employees and members of the public visiting the facilities about their respective responsibilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Each department or agency continuing to perform essential governmental functions at the workplace is encouraged to complete and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan for its facilities and post the plan where it is publicly visible.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:19

Yes. State-mandated tests and operator inspections of underground storage tanks are essential activities and should continue under the Order. Repairs necessary to maintain the safety of underground storage tank systems and activities to respond to alarms and address unauthorized releases are also essential and should continue. All such work must be conducted in accordance with the Order, including adhering to social distancing requirements.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:50

Yes. This work must comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols in Appendices B1 and B2 of the Order or the Site Specific Protection Plan in Appendix A, as applicable. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:01

Yes.  This work must comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols in Appendices B1 and B2 of the Order or the Site Specific Protection Plan in Appendix A, as applicable. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:41

Yes, this is permissible construction activity and must comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols in Appendix B of the Order.  Businesses may also operate to manufacture distributed energy resource components, like solar panels. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:44

Yes. Composting facilities may operate and composting activities may take place. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:40

All recycling facilities may operate including, but not limited to, those providing for recycling of beverage containers, scrap metal, used oil, construction and demolition debris, and any other materials that can be, or are required to be, recycled by the State of California. 

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:13

The Order allows all construction projects that are permitted under the March 19, 2020 Order of the California State Public Health Officer (the “State Shelter Order”), as long as the projects comply with the Construction Safety Protocols listed in Appendices B1 and B2 of the Order. Once they comply with the Construction Safety Protocols, construction sites do not also need to post a Site-Specific Protection Plan.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:20

Car washes that qualify as outdoor businesses under the Order may open.  An outdoor business is a business that operated primarily outdoors prior to March 16, 2020, and that has the ability to fully maintain social distancing of at least six feet between all persons. Outdoor businesses must conduct all business and transactions involving members of the public outdoors. This means that if a car wash includes an indoor facility that typically serves the public, that indoor facility must be closed to the public.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:27

Upon completion and posting of their Site-Specific Protection Plan, plant nurseries may open under the guidance for Outdoor Business, an additional business that may provide Curbside or Indoor Retail. The full guidance that must be followed can be found here.

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:12

Under the May 15th Order, businesses that manufacture essential goods or goods sold by retail businesses providing curbside retail are permitted to open if they do not have more than 50 personnel on site in the facility at any one time and comply with all Social Distancing Requirements and have a Site-Specific Protection Plan

All other manufacturing businesses, can arrange for shipping or delivery of its existing inventory directly to residences or businesses as part of allowable minimum basic operations, but it cannot continue manufacturing these products within the County.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 15:33

Retail businesses that sell new or used cars at the retail level must follow all retail guidelines, as well as the following:

  • Increase distances between tables/chairs in showrooms and waiting areas to ensure physical distancing for all necessary in-person meetings.
  • For Personnel management, auto dealerships will follow General Office Space guidelines for office space management.
  • Allow only one customer in vehicles during test drives with the employee sitting in opposite back seat. Both customer and employee must wear face covers as required by the Health Officer Order for Face Coverings at all times, including during a test drive.
  • Prohibit Personnel from using handshakes and similar greetings that violate social distancing protocols.
Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:06

An outdoor business is a business that was primarily operating outdoors prior to March 16, 2020, and that has the ability to fully maintain social distancing of at least six feet between all persons.  For retail businesses, this means that more than 50% of the total floor area regularly used for product sales was outdoors prior to March 16, 2020. The Order provides some examples of common outdoor businesses, such as plant nurseries, agricultural operations, and landscaping and gardening services.  Outdoor businesses, including outdoor retail businesses, must conduct all business and transactions involving members of the public in outdoor spaces.  This means that if an outdoor business includes an indoor facility or indoor portion of its retail space that typically serves the public, that indoor facility or indoor portion of retail space must be closed to the public and all sales must take place outdoors. Employees may continue to use the indoor space as necessary and may bring products outdoors for the public.  Outdoor businesses must comply with the Order’s social distancing requirements and post a Site-Specific Protection Plan.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:30

Yes, non-essential businesses may maintain minimum basic operations. This includes making deliveries of existing inventory to people’s homes.   

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:36

Beginning June 12, with permission from the local jurisdictions and/or shopping center, retailers are now able to operate their businesses as curbside, outdoor or indoor retail options following the public health guidelines posted here.

Each retailer must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan that incorporates and addresses all applicable Best Practices included in this guidance.

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 17:55

Yes, it does, except for the following “Minimum Basic Operations,” which are defined in the following excerpt from section 15.g of the Order:

  1. The minimum necessary activities to maintain and protect the value of the business’s inventory and facilities; ensure security, safety, and sanitation; process payroll and employee benefits; provide for the delivery of existing inventory directly to residences or businesses; and related functions. For clarity, this section does not permit businesses to provide curbside pickup to customers.
  2. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate owners, employees, and contractors of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, and to ensure that the business can deliver its service remotely.

Other than to maintain minimum basic operations, your employees can only work remotely from their residences. Any employees who are onsite must strictly follow the Order’s social distancing requirements, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another (unless incompatible with the job duty), frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes (wearing a face covering, as required in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 Order) and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

You must also prepare, post, and implement a Site- Specific Safety Plan (see section 15.h and Appendix A of the Order) for any facility where you are carrying out minimum basic operations, and you must provide a copy of that protocol to each employee.

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:00

Facilities providing healthcare operations, such as a dental facility, optometrist, orthodontist or physical therapist are permitted to operate under the Order. However, it is recommended that such facilities follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in providing any services.

On May 7, the state issued guidance for resuming deferred and preventive dental care. It builds on the April 27, 2020, State of California Guidance, Resuming California’s Deferred and Preventive Health Care regarding prioritization and delivery of dental services. Marin County Public Health’s new order allows resumption of preventive dental care per State guidance.

Please note that dental health care personnel (DHCP) are in the very high-risk category for COVID-19 infection. Employers of DHCP are responsible for following applicable OSHA requirements, which includes Cal/OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, and Respiratory Protection standards. Dental offices should implement source control (i.e., require facemasks or cloth face coverings) for everyone entering the dental setting. Patients with active COVID-19 infection should not receive care in a dental office.

Please review CDPH’s guidance document and fully implement infection control measures as outlined.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 15:52

In addition to banks and credit unions, money remittance services, check cashing services, money lenders, and similar financial institutions can operate.  For businesses that mix a financial service component with a retail or other component, only the financial service can be open. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:51

At this time, due to funding limitations, we are closing the rental assistance waitlist and not accepting any new applications after Monday, June 15, 2020.

We are continuing to process requests in the order in which that they were received, but do not anticipate that all requests will be granted. Everyone on the waitlist will be notified in the coming weeks whether or not their request will be fulfilled.

Additionally, Marin County’s eviction moratorium remains in effect through September 30; renters have up to 90 days after the expiration of the resolution to repay back rent. For more information regarding the eviction moratorium, including documentation requirements, please visit www.marincounty.org/renterlandlord.

You can also watch these videos in English and Spanish that break down the moratorium’s frequently asked questions:

English: https://youtu.be/lZkcFlidEEc

Spanish: https://youtu.be/0kLAoEr0ZFc

We understand the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 on our community, and the County of Marin will continue to seek new ways of supporting residents during this challenging time. >

Below are some other resources available for you and your family:

Marin Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Assistance Programs:

To apply for Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, CalFresh, and WIC you can:

  • Call 1.877.410.8817;
  • Apply online at c4yourself.com; or
  • Pick up a paper application in person outside at 120 N. Redwood Dr. San Rafael, CA and at the Marin County Health and Wellness Center, 3240 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94901. Spanish and English copies are both available.
  • WIC applications are accepted over the phone by calling 415.473.6889. General Relief applications can be obtained at the locations noted above or by calling 415.473.3350.

Also visit HHS’ online Community Resource Guide, for local information on programs/services available to help with money, legal, housing and more. Lastly, if you are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness, visit Homelessness Resource Guide, which includes a comprehensive list of . Residents can search for their nearest food pantry or emergency food distribution location using San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s Food Locator App. For those that cannot access the app, information on food resources for older adults (age 60+) and persons with disabilities can be obtained by email 457-INFO@marincounty.org or by calling 415.457.INFO (415.457.4636). All others can call 211 to get connected to this information.

Last Updated 07/28/2020 - 14:52

California issued a statewide moratorium on residential evictions for renters who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 related economic hardships. Marin County’s eviction moratorium remains in effect through July 31; residents have until September 30 to pay back rents.

Even if the moratorium is lifted at the end of July, eviction proceedings will not resume until the Judicial Council of California reverses the suspension it ordered on April 6. The order put the suspension in place until 90 days after Governor Newsom declares the state of emergency over.

If COVID-19 has impacted your ability to pay all or part of your rent, you should:

  • Explain your financial situation to your landlord and relay how much you are able to pay
  • Save all financial documents
  • Pay as much of your rent as you can

If your landlord is attempting to evict you for not paying rent and you took all of the above steps, contact a local legal aid provider.

You can find more California State financial assistance information at https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/#top.

For more information regarding the eviction moratorium in Marin, including documentation requirements, please visit www.marincounty.org/renterlandlord.

You can also watch these videos in English and Spanish that break down the moratorium’s frequently asked questions:

English: https://youtu.be/lZkcFlidEEc 

Spanish: https://youtu.be/0kLAoEr0ZFc

 

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:41

To identify food resources in your area, visit:  https://foodlocator.sfmfoodbank.org/  

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:25

Please call Public Assistance Call Center (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks): 1-877-410-8817 or visit getCalFresh.org

Last Updated 06/02/2020 - 11:47

The County of Marin has a comprehensive list of support, including unemployment filing instructions, at https://www.marincounty.org/residents/health-wellness/benefits-and-job-assistance.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:25

The US Small Business Administration has compiled a list of resources to help small businesses facing financial challenges due to COVID-19. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources  

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:21

At this time, due to funding limitations, we are closing the rental assistance waitlist and not accepting any new applications after Monday, June 15, 2020.

We are continuing to process requests in the order in which that they were received, but do not anticipate that all requests will be granted. Everyone on the waitlist will be notified in the coming weeks whether or not their request will be fulfilled.

More information can be found here.

Visit the County of Marin's Emergency Rental Assistance Program website for more information and updates on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Ritter Center Care Management Services

Due to the overwhelming need for emergency rental assistance help, the County and the contracted agencies are only taking requests for financial assistance through the Marin Health and Human Services COVID information line. The COVID-19 Information Line is 415-473-7191 (CA Relay Service Dial 711). Phone calls will be answered Monday-Friday, 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm. You can also contact us via email at COVID-19@marincounty.org.

If you have already submitted a request by leaving a voicemail, it will be processed in the order it was received. Please note that there may be a delay in receiving a response due to the high volume of requests.

Visit the Ritter Center website for more information about the essential services offered.

Last Updated 07/16/2020 - 14:37

Under the April 28 Shelter-In-Place Order (effective May 3, 2020), all construction projects can resume, provided they comply with the Construction Project Safety Protocols issued as part of the Order. (These protocols replace the COVID-19 Construction Field Safety Guidelines applicable to the Prior Order).

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 13:21

Grocery stores/farmers markets, etc.: Yes. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and similar food retail establishments are encouraged to remain open to provide food and pet supplies to the public. When visiting these establishments, please help retailers maintain six feet minimum distance between patrons, including by providing ample space while shopping and waiting in line.

Restaurants, food trucks, etc.: Restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and similar establishments may remain open to supply meals to the public via delivery, carryout, and indoor/outdoor dining. You can also purchase prepared foods at grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and other such food retailers.

Restaurant Suppliers: Businesses that supply food goods and prepared meals to grocery stores and other food retailers are essential and may continue operating.   

Workplace Cafeterias: The cafeteria can operate like other food facilities.  It can serve food to the remaining employees, so long as the employees strictly follow the social distancing requirements in the Order.  

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:59

Residential remodeling projects that are partly completed can continue if delaying completion would pose a safety, security, or sanitation risk to residents or impact the habitability of the residence; otherwise, they must be deferred.  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:50

You can perform work on the site only to ensure it is safe and secure while it is shut down in compliance with this Order. This includes sending employees to the construction site to secure the site and ensure it does not sustain damage. You can continue construction on the project only if strictly necessary to prevent damage to the project, e.g. completing a roof or ensuring that there is proper drainage after grading has been completed. 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:48

You can construct only the following kinds of housing:  

  1. Affordable housing that is or will be income-restricted, including multi-unit or mixed-use developments containing at least 10% income-restricted units; 

  1. Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency; 

  1. Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels; 

  1. Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs; 

You cannot otherwise continue construction of market-rate housing, except (i) to ensure that your existing construction sites are left in a safe and secure manner while they are shut down in compliance with this Order; or (ii) to engage in construction or repair necessary to ensure that existing market-rate housing is safe, sanitary, and habitable if that construction or repair cannot be delayed. 

 

 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:41

Yes, if the construction is immediately necessary to maintain the operation of essential computer or internet infrastructure.  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:36
  1. Projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure;  

  1. Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided that such construction is directly related to the COVID-19 response; 

  1. Affordable housing that is or will be income-restricted, including multi-unit or mixed-use developments containing at least 10% income-restricted units; 

  1. Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency; 

  1. Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels; 

  1. Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs; 

  1. Construction strictly necessary to ensure that existing construction sites that must be shut down under this Order are left in a safe and secure manner, but only to the extent necessary to do so; and 

  1. Construction or repair necessary to ensure that residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot reasonably be delayed; 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:18

Yes.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:35

Yes.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:33

Yes, so long as the service is necessary to maintain safety and sanitation. Allowable operations include routine maintenance work like cleaning, chemical balancing and adjustments, and filtration (necessary to, for instance, prevent pool algae from blooming) and safety-oriented repairs. 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:29

Yes, janitorial services are allowed because they are necessary for health and sanitation.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:28

Yes, but only to the extent they support or supply those essential businesses.  Warehouses and distribution centers should minimize the number of employees onsite and strictly comply with all social distancing requirements in the Order. 

  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 15:27

No.  The Order exempts any business that is performing work related to the delivery of health care, including hospitals, clinics, COVID-19 testing locations, dentists, pharmacies, blood banks and blood drives, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, and veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals.   

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 14:05

Yes, if you are a medical provider your office is encouraged to remain open. Under the Order, all medical services, including routine and preventive care, are considered essential. This includes, but is not limited to, mental health services, immunizations, well-woman exams,  allergy shots, eye exams, physical therapy, and surgeries. Preventive and non-urgent care should generally not be deferred. Many visits involve exams or procedures that must be done in person, but practitioners are encouraged to conduct appointments remotely via phone or telemedicine when it is appropriate and feasible to do so. 

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:54

Yes.  If your business is primarily engaged in supply or repair of cell phones or other telecommunications devices, then it is essential infrastructure and may continue to operate under the Order. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:23

Yes.  All quarries must complete, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol and provide all employees with a copy of the Protocol. They must also strictly comply with Social Distancing Requirements set forth in the Order.   

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 15:32

Yes, if the project you are working on is immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure.  Essential Infrastructure means airports, utilities (including water, sewer, gas, and electrical), oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste facilities (including collection, removal, disposal, and processing facilities), cemeteries, mortuaries, crematoriums, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for internet, computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:37

Yes, cemeteries are essential infrastructure. 

Are funeral home providers and mortuaries allowed to continue operating? 

Yes, funeral home providers and mortuaries may continue operating to the extent necessary to the transport, preparation, or processing of remains. This means that any employee necessary for the transport, preparation and/or processing of a body may continue to report to these facilities to conduct their work. 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:34

No.  Gun shops are not essential businesses under the Order.  The Order allows delivery of inventory directly to customers at their residences in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, but gun shops may not make sales from their storefronts. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:14

Yes.  The Order allows businesses to deliver products to people’s residences. Car dealerships can also sell or lease cars in-person while following the additional guidance listed below:

Retail businesses that sell new or used cars at the retail level must follow the all retail guidelines, as well as the following:

  • Increase distances between tables/chairs in showrooms and waiting areas to ensure necessary physical distancing
  • For personnel management, auto dealerships will follow General Office Space guidelines for office space management
  • Allow only one customer in vehicles during test drives with the employee sitting in opposite back seat. Both customer and employee must wear face covers as required by the Health Officer Order for Face Coverings at all times, including during a test drive
  • Prohibit personnel from using handshakes and similar greetings that violate social distancing protocols.
Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:50

Medical dispensaries can dispense under healthcare industry exemptions. Suppliers to medical dispensaries and licensed medical growers can operate as well.  Non-medical cultivation, supply, and dispensing of cannabis are prohibited, with the exception of deliveries directly to residences. Dispensaries with a mixed clientele of both medical and non-medical customers can do in-person business only with medical customers. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:01

Generally, no. Real estate agents, escrow agents, and other service providers that facilitate real estate transactions like home sales, apartment rentals, and sale of commercial properties are essential workers, but all appointments and viewings must happen virtually (via video or livestream) to the greatest extent possible. Only if a virtual viewing is not feasible, meaning that no virtual option exists or the existing virtual option has already been used and does not fully meet the needs of the situation (i.e. a post-closing walk through or a pre-purchase showing for qualified and serious buyers), then in-person showings can occur by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time from the same household, and only one agent showing the property. In-person showings or walk-throughs are not allowed when the occupant is present in the residence.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:59

Service providers like plumbers, electricians, and exterminators can keep working and providing services to the public that are necessary to maintain a livable, sanitary, and functional household.  You can call your building manager or one of these service providers, or you can also visit your hardware store to assist with making your own repairs. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:06

Employees and contractors of any governmental entity may continue to provide the services and products if the governmental entity determines that they are necessary to carry out an essential governmental function. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:38

Unless your work is exempted in the Order, you cannot go to work at a physical location in the County even if you want to.  You can work from home for any business if your employer allows it and your work can be done from home. It is important that we all do our part in stopping COVID-19 – staying home is an important part of that.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:08

Effective June 12, you may operate your liquor store with permission from the local jurisdictions and/or shopping center, following the public health guidelines for indoor retail posted here. You may also sell items as an Additional Business through curbside retail if permitted by State licensing requirements.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:18

The cafeteria can operate like other food facilities.  It can serve food to the remaining employees so long as the employees strictly follow the social distancing requirements in the Order.  

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:44

Many businesses are not allowed to operate under this Order. Essential businesses, as defined in the Order, are allowed (and encouraged) to continue operating. Outdoor businesses, as defined in the Order, are also allowed to operate. If your work is not an essential or outdoor business or an additional business allowed by the Order, you are not allowed to go to work and your employer cannot make you go except for limited minimum basic operations such as maintaining the value of a business’s inventory, keeping the business site safe and secure, or ensuring that employees are able to work remotely. The Order does not prohibit anyone from working from home. Your employer can require you to work from home – and you can do so – if your work allows it.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:43

Effective June 12, with permission from the local jurisdictions and/or shopping center, retailers are now offering curbside, outdoor and indoor retail options following the public health guidelines posted here.

Each retailer must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan that incorporates and addresses all applicable Best Practices included in this guidance.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:39

Yes.  If your store sells a significant amount of groceries and hygiene products, you can keep your entire store open. 

Additionally, Indoor Retail is now allowed as long as social distancing requirements (including maintaining a distance of six feet from everyone outside your household, use of a face covering, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with a fever or cough.) and all other guidance set forth by the current Order is adhered to.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:56

It depends. Your lab may operate only if it performs work that is exempted in the Order. Otherwise, you and your employees are allowed to perform only minimum basic operations onsite at your workplace, and must strictly comply with the Order’s social distancing requirements, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering, as required by the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 order, and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms.

You must also prepare, post, and implement a implement a Site Specific Protection Plan (see section 15 and Appendix A of the Order) for any facility where you are carrying out minimum basic operations. Other than that, employees cannot be onsite at your lab locations. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:00

No. “Essential businesses,” “outdoor businesses” and “additional businesses” providing curbside or indoor retail may keep their facilities open and continue providing their services and products to the public as permitted by the Order. Employees may leave home to go to these jobs. But all businesses are required to maximize the number of employees working from home and bring in only those employees who can’t carry out their job duties from home. Businesses that are not “essential businesses,” “outdoor businesses,” or “additional businesses” providing curbside or indoor retail as those terms are defined in the Order, must cease all activities at their facilities within the County, except to provide minimum basic operations, such as maintaining the value of a business’s inventory, keeping the business site safe and secure, ensuring that employees are able to work remotely, or providing for the delivery of existing inventory to residences or businesses.  Employees may otherwise work from home.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:04

Yes.  All employees of hospitals, clinics, and other organizations that provide healthcare, provide services to healthcare organizations, provide needed supplies to healthcare organizations, or otherwise maintain healthcare operations of all kinds may continue working. 

The Health Order does not advise or encourage health care workers over 60 to stop reporting to work. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:51

No.  Hospital cafeterias fall within the exemption for healthcare facilities and may remain open.  Hospital cafeterias must be structured to ensure six-foot minimum distancing between non-related individuals picking up food from or eating in the facility.  Hospital cafeterias should increase cleaning and sanitization to minimize risk of exposure and follow other Social Distancing Requirements specified in the Order to the maximum extent feasible. 

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:01

No.  If your business is covered in the list of essential businesses or otherwise permitted to operate under the Order, then you may operate your business from a facility in the County so long as you create, post, and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan for each facility using the template attached to the Order.  You do not need to obtain any specific authorization from the County to run your business.  The County does not issue written determinations or authorizations.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:06

This is a complicated question with a bit of nuance. Our Housing and Federal Grants Division staff members would be better equipped to answer your question. They can be reached at 415-473-7309.

Last Updated 07/16/2020 - 14:35

Home service workers can keep providing services in homes if they are essential to health, safety, sanitation, necessary to the operation of the home or otherwise allowed under the current Order. This includes plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other services needed to maintain a safe and sanitary home. Home construction and repair work is also allowed, as is home-based care for children, adults, seniors, and pets.  

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:38

Not for vacationing purposes.  Short-term lodging including short-term rentals, hotels, motels, and bed-and-breakfasts, may continue for the limited purposes of either (1) COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, including measures to protect homeless populations (examples include: isolation and quarantine or the housing of displaced persons); (2) housing workers performing essential business activities and essential government functions within the County; (3) housing individuals staying overnight in Marin to perform the essential activity of caring for the health and safety needs of a family member; or (4) or for County residents facing immediate displacement from their primary residence due to safety, sanitation, or habitability issues (i.e., inhabitable living conditions, violence, or threats of violence. See the latest order at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/short-term-rental-restriction-order-may-29-2020

 

 

Last Updated 05/29/2020 - 15:21

Throughout Marin County, 120 local public agencies rely on property tax revenues to maintain essential public services, especially during the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Friday, April 10, remains the final day to pay the 2019-2020 second installment of property taxes without penalty. Please read this press release for more information.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:35

Yes. Arborists, landscapers, gardeners, and similar service professionals can operate as outdoor businesses, as that term is defined in the Order, but they must strictly comply with social distancing requirements.  

 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:39

Yes. As of June 12, retailers are allowed to reopen under the current Shelter-In-Place order’s Appendix C-1. That means with permission from the local jurisdictions and/or shopping center, retailers may now offer curbside, outdoor and indoor retail options following the public health guidelines posted at MarinRecovers.com/retail.

Each retailer must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan that incorporates and addresses all applicable Best Practices provided at MarinRecovers.com/retail.

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 13:54

Restaurants and food facilities may offer food delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining. Marin County Environmental Health Services offers guidance for food facilities. Self-service operations are prohibited under the current Order. If your facility is offering take-out or delivery options, you should follow EHS's Environmental Health Service's website for additional updates as the Shelter In Place order continues.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:20

Yes, you can either pick up food for take away or opt to dine outdoors if the food service location you are patronizing offers that option. For outdoor dining, social distancing guidelines and all other current Public Health Order guidance pertaining to outdoor dining must be adhered to. For the full outdoor dining guidance, please visit our Marin Recovers website.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:22

Yes, if they are an essential business, outdoor business or additional businesses, as described in the Order, or if they contract with a governmental entity and provide an essential governmental function. Non-profits that are allowed to continue operating include, for instance, food pantries, organizations providing housing for homeless residents, and organizations providing other critical services. Other non-profit organizations cannot continue operating their facilities, except to provide minimum basic operations, such as maintaining the value of inventory, keeping the site safe and secure, providing for the delivery of existing inventory to residences or businesses, or ensuring that employees are able to work remotely. All employees may also work remotely from their residences. 

Unless closer contact is necessary for their work, all employees must strictly comply with the Order’s social distancing requirements, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering, as recommended in the June 18, 2020 State guidance, except if a face covering is not necessarily recommended for them (e.g., anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance) and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms (see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:04

No. But most employees of these companies need to work from home. The only employees of these companies who can go to work are: (i) employees who are needed to maintain the minimum basic operations described in the Order; or (ii) employees who are needed to work onsite to operate, maintain, or repair Essential Infrastructure (i.e., essential global, national, and local infrastructure for internet, computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services for the community) and who cannot perform their work duties from home. 

Any employees who are onsite must strictly follow the Order’s social distancing requirements, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another (unless incompatible with the job duty), frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering, required by the June 18, 2020 State guidance, and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms. Any business that is carrying out minimum basic operations at a facility in the County must also prepare, post, and implement a Site Specific Protection Plan (see section 15 and Appendix A of the Order).

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 15:55