Business & Economy

No.  Retail stores are only open for curbside pickup.  Retail stores may not display items for sale on the curb.  Displaying items for sale outside may encourage congregation, which could increase the spread of COVID-19.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:02

No. At this time, retail stores are only open for curbside pickup. Customers may not enter retail stores for any reason.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:00

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.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:52

Certain businesses as defined under the Health Officer Order to open their operations back up. Individuals may drive as needed to access such businesses even if those businesses are physically located within or adjacent to Park Facilities that are otherwise closed to motorized access. However, if the Park Facility located around or adjacent to a particular business is currently closed to motorized access, individuals driving to that business may do so solely for the purpose of patronizing that business and not for the purpose of accessing the Park Facility. No gatherings of any kind at such facilities is permitted, use of picnic and barbeque areas remains strictly prohibited.

NOTE: This information is changing effective Monday, June 1st.  Please view the new order here for full details.The new order supersedes the May 15 order and provides local jurisdictions the authority to limit or prohibit motorized access as appropriate. In addition, portions of park facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering – including playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, benches, picnic areas, dog parks, pools, and barbeque areas – 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 06/01/2020 - 10:43

Short-term equipment rentals, meaning the rental of any equipment where the renter is expected to return the equipment prior to the lifting of the Health Officer’s Shelter in Place Order, by Outdoor Businesses is not permitted at this time. This would include things like rentals of kayaks, paddles, paddle boards, life vests, golf clubs, etc.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:24

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, and motorized access to the following Park Facilities remains prohibited: all beaches along the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Muir Woods National  Monument), Mount Tamalpais State Park, Tomales Bay State Park, Samuel P Taylor State Park, Chicken Ranch Beach, Bolinas Lagoon and all Marin Municipal Water District lands. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:07

Thanks to the collective effort and sacrifice of the 7 million residents across the Bay Area, 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 lower-risk outdoor businesses, outdoor activities and curbside retail, so long as they strictly comply with social distancing requirements and other protections in the Order.  

The April 29th Order also added certain business activities to the essential business list, including construction and commercial real estate transactions—that have become critical as we gradually head into a period of expanded economic activity in which more space to accommodate increased social distancing will be necessary.  

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. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:21

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 04/29/2020 - 18:39

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

Plant nurseries that qualify as outdoor businesses or additional businesses that can provide curbside retail under the Order may open.  Nurseries operating as outdoor businesses must conduct all business and transactions involving members of the public outdoors.  This means that if such a nursery 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, although employees may bring products outdoors. Nurseries operating as curbside retailers must follow the Health Officer guidance specific to curbside retailers.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:21

Under the May 15th Order, businesses that manufacturer 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 05/18/2020 - 15:28

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 04/29/2020 - 18:19

Only auto dealerships that qualify as “outdoor business” or “additional businesses” as those terms are defined in the Order, may serve retail customers from their facilities as long as all business is provided outdoors.  (All auto dealerships may provide supply and repair services). 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:28

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

For retail businesses that fall within section 15.f.ii of the Order (stores that sell food, hygienic items, and certain household consumer products), if at least 25% of the total floor area your store regularly used for product sales is currently occupied by the products identified in section 15.f.ii, then the store may remain open to the public. For stores that fall within the other categories of essential businesses, if more than 50% of the total floor area regularly used for product sales is currently occupied by products associated with that essential business category, then the store may remain open to the public. The section of the Order stating that businesses with both essential and non-essential components must "scale down their operations to the Essential Business component only" does not apply to retail stores.  Under the May 15th Health Order, retail businesses that can provide curbside retail are permitted to open but must have a Site-Specific Protection Plan and follow the Industry-Specific Guidance Of The Health Officer Of The County Of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices For Curbside Retailers located at ____________.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 13:42

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, 2020Order 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 05/18/2020 - 13:48

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. The CDC recommends that dental facilities postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits. Dentists should refer to guidance that is available on the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/dental-settings.html and the CDPH guidance including guidance published on April 27, 2020 - Resuming California’s Deferred and Preventive Health Care. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 13:27

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

An Emergency Rental Assistance program is available for people who are at risk of homelessness due to a loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any Marin county resident who is at risk of homelessness due to income loss may apply. Priority will be given to households with income of 30% or less of the Area Median Income rate ($139,400 for a family of four).

Visit the Emergency Rental Assistance Program website for more information on the program and how to apply for assistance. 

The program is operated by Marin Health and Human Services with support from the County of Marin and Marin Community Foundation.  Funding assistance is administered by Ritter Center, Adopt a Family Marin, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, North Marin Community Services, and Community Action Marin (in partnership with Canal Alliance, Women Helping All People and West Marin Community Services).

In addition, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/get-financial-help/#top for information about California State financial assistance.

Last Updated 05/12/2020 - 21:30

California issued a statewide moratorium on residential evictions for renters who cannot pay their rent because of COVID-19 related economic hardships. The moratorium went into effect on March 27 and is valid through May 31, 2020.​

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.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:24

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.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:19

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

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 and carryout. 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 take the food away and do not eat it in the cafeteria.  The cafeteria must strictly follow the social distancing requirements in the Order.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:35

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

Yes, funeral home and mortuary providers can continue to operate to the extent necessary for the transportation, preparation, or processing of the remains. This means that any employee necessary for the transportation, preparation and / or processing of a body can continue to report to these facilities to carry out their work.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:24
  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

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

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 14:23

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

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.  Cafeterias in all other facilities must follow the requirements in the Order – specifically, food can be carried out or delivered, but cannot be eaten in the cafeteria.  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 12:45

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. With the exception of dental services, 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 04/29/2020 - 15:02

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 04/29/2020 - 18:43

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. But car dealerships cannot sell or lease cars in-person. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:13

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

You may keep your liquor store open if it also sells a significant amount of products like food, and household cleaning and personal hygiene items.  Specifically, at least 25% of the total floor area your store regularly uses for product sales must be occupied by products identified in section 15.f.ii of the order, like food and personal hygiene items. You may also sell items as an Additional Business through curbside retail if permitted by State licensing requirements. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:33

The cafeteria can operate like other food facilities.  It can serve food to the remaining employees, so long as the employees take the food away and do not eat it in the cafeteria.  The cafeteria must strictly follow the social distancing requirements in the Order.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:36

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, 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 04/29/2020 - 17:17

No. If you do not sell a significant amount of goods like food, hygiene, or cleaning products, you cannot keep your storefront open. Your store can deliver items directly to customers’ residences.  Other than that, you can only maintain minimum basic operations, such as store security and safeguarding your inventory.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:16

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 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 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 05/18/2020 - 12:37

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.  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

Home service workers can keep providing services in homes if they are essential to health, safety, sanitation, or the necessary operation of the home. 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 04/29/2020 - 19:05

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

No.  Only essential businesses as defined in the Order may continue operating while this order in in place.  Non-essential businesses, including but not limited to, arts and crafts supply stores, golf courses, gun shops, and other alike are not permitted to continue physical sales of their goods under this Order.  Further, stores are not allowed to modify their operations in order to keep their doors open to the public, including limiting hours, sales or the number of customers in a store at one time.  

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:20

Restaurants and food facilities should focus on food delivery and takeout while maximizing social distancing for those who are inside their restaurant. Marin County Environmental Health Services offers guidance for food facilities. If your facility is offering take-out or delivery options, you should follow EHS's Food Safety for Food Delivery and Pick-up guidance. Consult Environmental Health Service's website for additional updates as the Shelter In Place order continues.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:37

Yes, but only to pick up food.  You cannot dine, eat, or drink in or around the facility.  These facilities can also deliver. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:14

Yes, if they are an essential business or outdoor business, 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 Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 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 04/29/2020 - 17:08

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 Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 order, 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 05/18/2020 - 14:58