Shelter in Place & Quarantine

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

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

Face coverings that can be reused (e.g., bandana, washable cloth masks) should be washed with hot water and dried before reusing again.  We actually encourage the use of washable masks because hospital grade masks are difficult to obtain because they are in high demand. Remember to wash your hands after handling any used face coverings that have not yet been washed. 

If you choose to use one-time use face coverings (e.g., surgical masks), those should be disposed in a garbage receptacle.  This would include any gloves you choose to wear.  Remember to wash your hands after removing your gloves.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:18

Children under 2 years old must not wear a face covering. They may suffocate.

Children 3 to 12 years old are not required to wear a face covering or mask. If they do, they should be supervised by an adult. Supervision may look different based on the age and maturity of the child. For some children, having a discussion may be enough.  For younger children, parents and caretakers should be present during use by the child. Parents and caregivers should use their judgement.

Last Updated 05/28/2020 - 17:07

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores are allowed and encouraged to operate. When possible, you should have prescription medicines and healthcare supplies delivered to your home. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:57

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

Pet grooming businesses are permitted to operate, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on May 22, 2020, subject to the stated limitations and conditions:

These businesses may operate for curbside/outside exchange of animals only, customers may not enter the store or mobile grooming vehicle; Grooming must be performed in a manner in which the service providers and customers maintain compliance with all applicable social distancing and facial covering requirements at all times; and

These businesses must operate in strict compliance with the Industry-Specific Guidance of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices for Pet Grooming Businesses.

The State of California has determined that it would be appropriate to allow these businesses to resume operation.  In addition, such services have low contact intensity. Opening these services should result in a limited increase in the number of people reentering the workforce and the overall volume of commercial activity and mitigation measures can meaningfully decrease the resulting public health risk.

Last Updated 05/28/2020 - 09:58

Apartment residents should be allowed to access facilities that are required for household cleaning and sanitation needs. Owners of apartment buildings must enhance cleaning of high-touch surfaces in these areas, and residents must observe all social distancing requirements in the Order, including: maintaining at least 6 feet of separation from other people who are not part of their own household; washing their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time (or using hand sanitizer); coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve (not their hands); coughing or sneezing into a tissue or sleeve (not their hands); 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 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 using the shared facility if they are sick. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:58

No. For apartment dwellers, the Order’s shelter-in-place requirements for the “household or living unit” means their own apartment unit, not the building or complex as a whole. Common recreational spaces shared with others in the apartment building or complex, like apartment gyms, barbecue areas, and roof decks, must be closed like any other public recreational space that contains high-touch equipment or encourages gathering. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:50

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

The CDC recommends avoiding using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis.

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 14:10

You can leave your house to travel for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, Minimum Basic Operations, Outdoor Activities, and Outdoor Businesses listed in the Order . You may at this time drive to a park for Outdoor Activities if you can access the area 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.  \ 

Travel that is not allowed: 

  • Traveling to 2nd home  

  • Traveling for vacation  

  • Any non-essential travel in and out of County 

Guidance on Leaving the Bay Area for Vacation 

Traveling runs the risk of spreading the virus to other areas and exposing new populations. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase chances of getting COVID-19, if there are other travelers with coronavirus infection. The Order requires that you shelter in your place of residence. If you leave the Bay Area for vacation or another reason that is not an essential purpose exempt under the Order, then you may not be permitted to return to your residence. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. If you do decide to travel, be sure to take steps to help prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during travel. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:30

You can walk your dog but you cannot use dog parks.  Be sure that you distance yourself at least six feet from others who are not part of your household.  

 

You can take your pet to the veterinarian or pet hospital. Please call first to determine if the vet has any restrictions in place.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:04

Restaurant, café, coffee or tea shop, ice cream shop, or other foodservice location: Only to pick up food.  You cannot dine, eat, or drink in or around the facility.  These facilities can also deliver.

 

Walking/Biking for Exercise: 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. Exercise should be sought close to home. Access to parks and open space is limited to non-motorized access only.

 

Places of Worship: 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 emails, video streaming, or teleconference.

 

Bars, Nightclubs, Theaters: Entertainment venues are not allowed to operate.

 

Home Deliveries: Friends, family, or others pick up the items you need.  You can also order food and other supplies and have them delivered to your home. All deliveries are recommended to be “no contact” delivery where items are left outside your home.

 

Laundry Facilities:  It is allowed to go to laundromats. However, it is important to practice social distancing and take care to touch as little as possible.  It is recommended to take clean clothes home to fold in order not to contaminate them on potentially dirty surfaces at the laundromat.

 

Home service workers can keep providing services in homes if they are essential to health, safety, sanitation, or the necessary operation of the home. Generally, this means that plumbing, pest control, important maintenance (to, for example, fix a water leak or a faulty wire), or similar services needed to maintain a safe and sanitary home are allowed.  Purely cosmetic or other non-essential home services for general upkeep are not allowed and should be put off.  Home-based care for children, adults, seniors, and pets is also allowed under the Order.  

Visiting loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facilities: Generally this is not allowed. There are limited exceptions, such as if you are going to the hospital with a minor who is under 18 or someone who is developmentally disabled and needs assistance. For most other situations, the order prohibits non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities except at the end-of-life. This is difficult, but necessary to protect hospital staff and other patients. More info: https://www.marinhhs.org/sites/default/files/files/public-health-updates/ph_alert_hospitalvisitation_02020315.pdf

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:02

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

Yes, if construction at the health center is directly related to the response to COVID-19, such as the creation or expansion of health care operations that are directly needed to provide COVID-19 related health care.

Last Updated 04/09/2020 - 15:16

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

Yes.  The Order allows businesses to deliver products to people’s residences.  

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:45

Yes.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:35

Yes.

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 17:33

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

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, you can use shared bikes and scooters for essential travel, such as commuting to work as an essential employee.  But keep in mind that shared bikes and scooters are not routinely sanitized.  Take precautions, including bringing sanitization wipes, not touching your face while on the bike or scooter, and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds immediately after. 

Last Updated 04/07/2020 - 17:05

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, but only to perform essential activities or outdoor activities, to maintain essential government functions, to operate an essential business, outdoor business or additional business, or to perform minimum basic operations at a non-essential business, as those terms are defined in the Order. You can also leave to go back home or engage in other essential travel. Otherwise, the answer is no because that puts you and others in the community at risk. Keep in mind that Health Officers in neighboring counties have issued the same or similar shelter-in-place orders.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:31

Yes, but public transit, ride-share services, or any other way of traveling can only be used for Essential Travel, which means:  

  1. Travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, Minimum Basic Operations, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Businesses, Additional Businesses and Additional Activities.  

  1. Travel to care for any elderly, minors, dependents, or persons with disabilities.  

  1. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.  

  1. Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the County.  

  1. Travel required by law enforcement or court order.  

  1. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County.  Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.  

  1. Travel to manage after-death arrangements and burial.  

  1. Travel to arrange for shelter or avoid homelessness.  

  1. Travel to avoid domestic violence or child abuse.  

  1. Travel for parental custody arrangements.  

  1. Travel to a place to temporarily reside in a residence or other facility to avoid potentially exposing others to COVID-19, such as a hotel or other facility provided by a governmental authority for such purposes.  

When you are on public transit, you must follow the Order’s social distancing requirements to the greatest extent feasible, including maintaining a distance of six feet from everyone outside your household or living unit; 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 required in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 Order; and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms. 

When you use ride-share services for essential travel, keep in mind that you should avoid as much as possible being in close quarters in a vehicle that has been used by lots of other people.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:32

No.  Essential government functions will continue, including first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, and law enforcement.  Other government functions or offices may be subject to reduced schedules or may be closed as part of the effort to fight the spread of COVID-19.  Each government agency identifies the services that qualify as Essential Governmental Functions, and designates the personnel who will continue providing those functions. Information on the availability of County services is regularly updated on the Marin County website.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:54

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 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

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

Yes. Be extremely cautious when providing care to vulnerable people and ensure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines such as washing hands before and after, using hand sanitizer, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance when possible, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue, wearing a face covering, as recommended in the Health Officer’s April 17, 2020 guidance, except if a face covering is not recommended (e.g., for children 12 and younger, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance); and stay home if you are sick.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:29

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

All participants in group counseling services must attend meetings remotely if they are equipped to do so. Groups should make accommodations for remote support to the maximum extent feasible. If remote participation is not feasible or advisable under the circumstances, participation may occur in person provided that there is compliance with the social distancing requirements set forth in the Order, including maintaining at least 6 foot distance between individuals and capping group size to reduce in-person interactions.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:18

Yes, mental health appointments can continue. Patients should consult with their practitioners to determine whether it is appropriate and feasible to conduct individual mental health appointments remotely.  

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 15:18

Self-storage facilities are not essential businesses, however, they can maintain minimum business operations and allow people to access their units to the extent they are accessing them for medical or other essential needs. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:46

Yes. The Order exempts travel by court order or law enforcement.

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:53

Yes.  Please call first to determine if the vet has any restrictions in place. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:21

Yes, but you cannot use dog parks. Be sure that you distance yourself at least six feet from others who are not part of your household.  Also note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidance advising that you should treat pets as you would your human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside your household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets. For dog parks, the answer is no because they are areas that encourage people to gather together, and are required to close. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:20

No.  Entertainment venues are not allowed to operate. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:13

Many retail stores are now open for curbside pick-up and/or delivery.  We encourage residents to support local small businesses.  Also, many items can be ordered online and delivered to your home, and many other non-essential items may be available from retailers who primarily sell essential items.   

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:16

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

Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support.  They are allowed to pick up the items you need.  You can also order food and other supplies and have them delivered to your home. If you think you might be eligible for meals on wheels, call 408-350-3246 to start the eligibility intake process. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:05

Yes.  The Order allows you to go online, purchase items, and have them delivered to your home. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:05

Yes.  Mail and delivery services may continue to operate under the Order. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:05

No.  For your safety as well as their safety, you are not allowed to visit friends or family members outside your own household.  We need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:47

Yes. In addition to the statewide order, the County Health Officer’s Order remains in effect. All residents must comply with the restrictions in both the County and State Orders. If the restrictions in the two orders are different, you must comply with the stricter of the two orders. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:39

No. You do not need to carry official documentation (and the County does not issue any) demonstrating that you are exempt under the new Order. But be prepared to explain if requested by law enforcement why your travel is allowable under the Order. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:36