Parks, Open Spaces & Exercise

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

Campgrounds and RV parks are permitted to operate, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on June 29, 2020, subject to the applicable guidance issued by the State of California (https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-campgrounds.pdf. In addition to following the applicable state guidance, these businesses must adhere to the following limitations:

  • Only designated camping/RV spots may be used.
  • Each camping/RV spot may be occupied by only one household or living unit at a time.
  • If camping/RV spots are immediately adjacent to one another, there must be at least one closed camping spot between each open spot to maintain adequate distance between households or living units.

You must follow Social Distancing Requirements when visiting campgrounds.  Please note that campgrounds in the following Park Facilities remain closed: 

  • 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 07/09/2020 - 18:31

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 – 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 - 17:12

Outdoor recreational 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.

Additionally, businesses that provide customers with recreational activities, opportunities, or instruction occurring exclusively outside, as allowed by the local jurisdiction, may operate.  These businesses must follow the Industry-Specific Guidance of the Health Officer Regarding Required Best Practices for Outdoor Recreation Activity Businesses. 

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, and spas remain prohibited outside of residences, and all such areas shall be closed to public access including by signage and, as appropriate, by physical barriers.

 

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 16:49

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

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, 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 07/09/2020 - 16:52

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

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 playground that is contained in the daycare’s own yard, but a daycare cannot use a playground anywhere outside of its own property. 

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 17:10

Outdoor swimming pools may operate subject to the following limitations in addition to those required elsewhere in the Order, including compliance with Social Distancing Requirements and State Order on Face Coverings.

  • Lap swimming must be limited to one swimmer per lane, except that members of the same household or living unit may occupy a single lane.
  • Use of shared swimming areas must be limited to no more than one swimmer per 300 square feet of shared pool space.
  • Except for members of the same household, swimmers shall remain at least six feet apart at all times.
  • At least one person, separate from a lifeguard, shall be on duty at all times to ensure that the social distancing protocol applicable to the facility and all limitations herein are followed. To the extent that the swimming pool is unstaffed (e.g. HOA), the facility shall implement a maximum number of occupants to ensure social distancing, and should consider time limitations and/or a reservation system to the extent feasible.
  • Locker rooms shall be closed to the public, except for use as a restroom.
  • All gatherings shall be prohibited outside the pool, such as on pool decks, except that members of a household may observe a child or other person swimming to ensure safety and supervision.
  • All businesses operating outdoor swimming pools as a recreational activity, must follow these guidelines, as well as Industry-Specific Guidance Of The Health Officer Of The County Of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices For Outdoor Recreation Activity Businesses.
  • All businesses operating outdoor swimming pools as part of childcare, summer camp or sports camp must be in compliance with the Industry-Specific Guidance of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices for Childcare Establishments, Summer Camps, and Sports Camps.
Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 17:00

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 areas 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 07/09/2020 - 18:20

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, and other recreational and fitness facilities with equipment that lots of people touch or areas where people gather close together are closed. 

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 17:02

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 June 18, 2020 State guidance for face coverings, except if a face covering is not necessarily recommended for you (e.g., for children 2 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 for more information. 

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:18

Individuals may continue to responsibly access Park Facilities by foot, bicycle, or other non-motorized means. Additionally, a new Parks Order went into effect on June 1 that lifts all of the Prior Order’s restrictions related to motorized access to outdoor recreation areas within Marin County (for the purpose of engaging in Essential Activities including outdoor exercise) leaving it to local jurisdictions to allow, limit or prohibit motorized access to those areas as appropriate in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19. View the Parks Order for complete details.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 15:44

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, so long as you abide by all social distancing requirements and maintain a minimum distance of six feet between individuals or groups of individuals from different households at all times.  Face coverings must be worn as required by the State Order for Face Coverings.  Water fountains, benches and other high-touch areas within dog parks remain off limits.  Individuals accessing dog parks should plan to bring along sufficient water for themselves and their dogs to the park.  Individuals accessing dog parks should minimize contact with gates and handles, and should bring along protective gear such as gloves and/or hand sanitizer as appropriate. 

Also note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidance advising that you treat pets as you would your human family members – you must therefore limit your interactions with dogs outside of your household.  If a person inside your household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets.
 

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 17:05

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

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 17:07

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