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Campgrounds remain closed to overnight visitors.  You may visit campgrounds to engage in outdoor recreation (hiking, biking, etc.) or visit an outdoor business.  Under the May 15th Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Allowing Motorized Access to Certain Parks and Open Spaces, and Directing Others Remain Closed to Motorized Access, you may drive to most campgrounds for these purposes.  You must follow Social Distancing Requirements when visiting campgrounds.  Areas that encourage congregating, including picnic areas, fire pits, and barbeque areas remain closed.  Please note that campgrounds in the following Park Facilities remain closed to motorized access: 

  • 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 - 15:37

The new health order supersedes the May 15 order. This 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, 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 - 15:21

On April 17, Marin County Public Health announced a public health order requiring the use of face coverings when completing essential activities. This order, which remains in effect, requires most individuals to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Any child aged two years or less must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation. The Order does not require that any child aged twelve years of less wear a face covering.  

Wearing a face covering is recommended but not required while engaged in outdoor recreation such as walking, hiking, bicycling, or running.  But each person engaged in such activity must comply with Social Distancing Requirements including maintaining at least six feet of separation from all other people to the greatest extent possible.   

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:56

Outdoor recreation facilities that are not expressly prohibited by the Order, such as golf courses, skate parks, and athletic fields, are permitted to open only if they comply with any restrictions on access and use that are established by the Health Officer, another government agency, or other entity that manages such area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19.

However, use of outdoor recreational areas and facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, including, but not limited to, playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, picnic areas, dog parks, pools, spas, and barbecue areas, is prohibited outside of residences, and all such areas shall be closed to public access including by signage and, as appropriate, by physical barriers.

Below is a list of recreational facilities that may reopen with restrictions:

  • Tennis Courts:  Must follow the following requirements
    • Tennis may only be played between members of the same household or living unit OR between a maximum two single individuals outside of the same household or living unit.
    • Players may only use outdoor courts, as any outdoor businesses, including tennis clubs, must conduct all business and transactions involving members of the public in outdoor spaces.  Indoor portions of tennis clubs must generally be closed to the public and all sales must take place outdoors.
    • Stay at least six feet apart from other players and comply with all social distancing requirements outlined in the local Health Officer’s Orders.
    • No equipment is to be shared between players, including tennis balls and racket.
    • Each player will mark their balls with clear and unique markings.
    • Players will only serve and touch their own tennis balls. When another player’s ball needs to be returned to them, it will be rolled or hit to them with a racket, without touching the ball in any way, a historical common practice.
    • All court gates will be roped off (when closed) or left open (during hours of court operation) to prevent touching.
    • All stationary furniture, such as benches, will be roped off to prevent congregating and touching.
    • All court entrances must be equipped with signage communicating CDC and county guidelines and expectations.
    • All players over the age of 12 are encouraged to wear a face mask during play pursuant to the Health Officer’s Face Covering Order.
    • When another player’s ball needs to be returned to them, it will be rolled or hit to them with a racket, without touching the ball in any way, a historical common practice.
    • Players should arrive to the facility no more than ten minutes prior the time expected to play leave the facility immediate after play, and no extra-curricular or social activity should take place.
    • Reservation systems, which provide an additional means to limit capacity, usage, and congregation, shall be used whenever possible.
    • Where possible, each facility should be clearly marked with designated paths of travel.
    • All moveable furniture will be stacked, roped off, or removed from the area to prevent congregating and touching.
    • All stationary furniture will be roped off to prevent congregating and touching.
    • All water dispensers will be removed or roped off to prevent touching.
    • Players over the age of 12 and/or staff a are required to wear a mask, pursuant to the Health Officer’s Face Covering Orden when not actively playing.
    • For private clubs: make disinfectant soap, hand sanitizers or wipes available at all main contact points.

 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 13:37

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

Public and private boat ramps may open exclusively for the purpose of facilitating motorized and non-motorized boat launching. No gatherings of any kind at or around boat ramps are permitted, use of picnic or barbeque areas remains strictly prohibited, and any access to other park facilities by way of boat ramps and their parking lots must be in compliance with the Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Allowing Motorized Access to Certain Parks and Open Spaces, and Directing Others Remain Closed to Motorized Access. Private business and local jurisdictions operating public boat ramps may continue to limit or prevent access to their boat ramps at their sole discretion. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:11

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

Childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs allowed to operate pursuant to Section 15 of the Health Officer Order may not use or access any high-touch facilities that are otherwise prohibited in Section 15 of the Health Officer Order unless those facilities are contained within the childcare establishment’s own property. For instance, a daycare can use a picnic area or playground that is contained in the daycare’s own yard, but a daycare cannot use a picnic area or playground anywhere outside of it own property; a swimming camp can use a pool located in its own building, but a swimming camp cannot use a pool located anywhere outside of its own property. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:47

No, use of shared spaces or facilities with high-touch surfaces is still not permitted under the Order even if the number of individuals allowed to use those spaces is limited.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 13:46

Outdoor recreation facilities that are not expressly prohibited by the Order, such as golf courses, are permitted to open only if they comply with any restrictions on access and use that are established by the Health Officer, another government agency, or other entity that manages such area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19. 

However, golfers and golf course operators must follow the provisions outlined in the Industry-Specific Guidance of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices for Golf Courses and Racket Clubs located at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/required-best-practices-golf-courses-and-racket-clubs-51520

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:14

Outdoor recreation such as swimming, sailing, kayaking or paddleboarding in the bay or the ocean is allowed by the Order. However, individuals may access the bay or ocean for such outdoor activities only if they comply with any restrictions on access and use that are established by the Health Officer, another government agency, or other entity that manages such area to reduce crowding and risk of transmission of COVID-19.  

If you can access the bay or ocean in compliance with the Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Allowing Motorized Access to Certain Parks and Open Spaces, and Directing Others Remain Closed to Motorized Access, you can utilize the water as you would a park or trail for recreational activities. 

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:18

If you will be outdoors and not in close contact with other people or using equipment that other people outside your household have touched, yes. Otherwise, no. Fitness centers, gyms, fitness equipment at parks, climbing walls, swimming pools, and other recreational and fitness facilities with equipment that lots of people touch or areas where people gather close together are closed. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:32

Yes. The Order allows you to go outside for exercise activities like walking and running, as long as you strictly follow social distancing requirements including maintaining a distance of six feet from everyone outside your household, 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 when out in public, as recommended in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 guidance, except if a face covering is not necessarily recommended for you (e.g., for children 12 and younger, or 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 - 19:14

You won’t get in trouble if you go to work. The Order allows nannies and childcare providers caring for a child in the child’s own home to continue working.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:07

Houses of Worship are not physically open for congregational activities at this time.  Check with your church, synagogue or other house of worship to see if it has virtual, online services.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:34

Individuals may continue to responsibly access Park Facilities that are local to their residences and readily accessible by foot, bicycle or other non-motorized means for the purpose of engaging in Essential Activities including outdoor exercise. Read the full order details.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:33

Visit Marin County Office of Education for information on school closures.

In addition, MCOE offers Accessible Resources for Student Learning while schools are closed.

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 17:20

Visit the CDC COVID-19 information for tips on how to talk to children and teens about COVID-19. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:29

California Volunteers Resources https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:19

If you are a licensed healthcare professional, you may become part of the Marin Medical Reserve Corps or the Marin County “Surge” Unit.  Both of these opportunities are outlined in detail here: https://www.marinhhs.org/marin-county-medical-reserve-corps

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:14

All volunteer needs will be posted to the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) website and updated as needs arise. We strongly encourage you to volunteer with existing organizations and activities and follow their guidelines as well as those from the County Health Department.

Visit www.cvnl.org/covid19help  

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:13

Check in with your loved ones often. Virtual communication can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated. Consider connecting with loved ones by:

  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Mailing letters or cards
  • Text messages
  • Video chat
  • Social media

Source: CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:11

The Order allows you to go outside for exercise activities like walking and running, as long as you strictly follow social distancing requirements including maintaining a distance of six feet from everyone outside your household, 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.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:10

Yes, childcare establishments (as well as summer camps and other educational or recreational institutions) may open to provide care or supervision to children of all ages to enable people to work at businesses allowed to operate under this Order or work as essential governmental employees.   Childcare facilities must comply with the following mandatory conditions in the Order to the extent possible: 

  1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day). 

  1. Children shall not change from one group to another. 

  1. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other. 

  1. Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:34

The Order allows childcare establishments, summer camps, and schools or recreational institutions to provide childcare or supervision to enable you to work for an essential business, outdoor businesses, or other businesses permitted under the Order, perform minimum basic operations for your business, or work as an essential governmental employee. You may also employ a nanny or babysitter to provide home-based care for your kids.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:10

No.  For your safety as well as the safety of your fellow worshippers, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.  Places of worship may offer remote access to services, such as by emails, video streaming, or teleconference. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:06

Yes, the Order permits nannies and babysitters caring for a child in the child’s own home to continue working. If families opt to have playdates, they need to keep playdates as a singular cohort. Keep the same group together and do not introduce or rotate members. By rotating members of the group, it allows kids to “pollinate” another group, which goes against the social/physical distancing practices. Play dates should follow the same guidelines for childcare centers that was issued on March 13.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:53

No. Recreational areas with equipment that lots of people touch or areas where people gather close together, like playgrounds, picnic areas, barbecue areas, and dog parks, must be closed and you cannot use them while the Order is in effect.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:55

Yes. Spending time outside improves mood and wellbeing, and is particularly beneficial to children. You can go for walks, go to the park, and engage in other similar activities, but should maintain social distance (i.e. be more than 6 feet away from persons who are not part of your household) when on walks and in parks to avoid spread of the virus.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:29

This Order requires that schools generally stop holding classes at physical locations within the County. However, schools are encouraged to provide distance learning to their students and to provide free and reduced-price lunches for takeaway or by delivery. The Order also allows schools to provide care or supervision of children to enable personnel to work for businesses allowed to operate under this Order or work as essential governmental employees, provided that: (1) children are in stable groups of 12 or fewer; (2) children do not change from one group to another; (3) multiple groups in a facility stay in separate rooms; and (4) providers or educators remain solely with one group. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:51