Shelter in Place & Quarantine

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

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

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 17:41

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

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:26

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

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:24

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

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:56

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

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 14:07

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

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

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:19

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:50

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

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:01

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

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 16:41

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:44

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:40

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

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:13

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

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:20

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:27

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

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:12

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

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 15:33

Yes, funeral home providers and mortuaries may continue operating to the extent necessary for 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 07/15/2020 - 10:37

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

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

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

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:30

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:36

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

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

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 17:55

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

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

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

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

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:00

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

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

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

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 15:52

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. Residents must observe all social distancing requirements in the Order, including: 

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other people who are not part of their own household
  • Wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time (or using hand sanitizer)
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve (not their hands)
  • Wear 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 2 and younger, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance)
  • Avoid using the shared facility if they are sick
Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 17:14

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, and roof decks, must be closed like any other public recreational space that contains high-touch equipment or encourages gathering. 

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 17:10

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 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 07/08/2020 - 15:39

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

You can walk your dog and use dog parks, 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 Health Officer 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 06/09/2020 - 10:05

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

Places of Worship: Beginning June 5, outdoor faith-based and cultural ceremonies are allowed to proceed under the current shelter-in-place order as long as there is strict compliance with reopening guidance provided on our Marin Recovers website. Size and layout of ceremonies are restricted to help guests maintain physical distancing, among other health precautions. Please review the full guidelines for additional requirements.

Houses of faith are still encouraged to continue utilizing online virtual meeting options as much as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, especially for members with compromised immune systems or other health concerns.

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, the necessary operation of the home, or otherwise allowed under the current Order. Generally, this means that plumbing, pest control, important maintenance (e.g., to 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 07/08/2020 - 17:08

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

Last Updated 05/08/2020 - 13:21

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

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

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

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:59

Marin County is reopening businesses and industries in a phased approach based on COVID-19 activity and guidance received from the State of California. MarinRecovers.com is where business reopening information will be shared as more businesses are given the green light to reopen.  Use the links below to navigate reopening opening information.

Industry Reopening Status

Guidelines for Businesses to Safely Reopen (organized by industry)

Reopening Resources

 

 

Last Updated 06/24/2020 - 07:45

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.  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

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

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 14:05

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:54

Yes, 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.You do not need to wear a face covering while you are exercising outdoors by yourself, but you must keep one with you at all times to put on when you see someone approaching and ensure your nose and mouth are securely covered by the time you get within six feet of them.  Each person engaged in such activity must comply with 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 08/03/2020 - 18:45

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 07/08/2020 - 15:32

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:37

Yes, cemeteries are essential infrastructure. 

Are funeral home providers and mortuaries allowed to continue operating? 

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

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 18:34

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:14

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

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

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

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 18:01

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 19:06

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

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:38

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

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:08

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:18

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:44

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:43

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

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:39

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

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:56

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

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

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 15:00

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, 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.  Entertainment venues are not allowed to operate. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 14:13

Many retail stores are now open for curbside pick-up, delivery and indoor retail.  We encourage residents to support local small businesses.  Also, many items can be ordered online and delivered to your home.   

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:34

For your safety as well as the safety of your fellow worshipers, 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.

Beginning June 5, outdoor faith-based and cultural ceremonies are allowed to proceed under the current shelter-in-place order as long as there is strict compliance with reopening guidance provided on our Marin Recovers website.  Size and layout of ceremonies are restricted to help guests maintain physical distancing, among other health precautions. Please review the full guidelines for additional requirements.

Houses of faith are still encouraged to continue utilizing online virtual meeting options as much as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, especially for members with compromised immune systems or other health concerns.

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 13:39

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

That depends. If the friends or family members that live in another household/living unit are part of your “Social Bubble", then yes, this would be allowed as long as the visit happens outdoors and follows all other guidance for Social Bubbles. If the intended visit would be outside of your existing Social Bubble (stable cohort of 12 or less), it would not be permitted.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:25

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

The term “shelter in place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless it is necessary for one of the exceptions listed in the Order.

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:39

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

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

It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is a crime (a misdemeanor) not to follow the Order. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 13:33

This new Order was issued by Health Officers of Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties and the City of Berkeley.  Those public health professionals have the authority under state law to issue Orders to protect the health and welfare of everyone in their jurisdictions. 

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:29

This new Public Health Order (or a similar order) is in effect across the six most populous counties of the Bay Area, including in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties.  Additional counties may issue the same or similar orders. 

Last Updated 08/04/2020 - 15:11

Yes.  The Health Officer may make changes to the new Order as more information emerges about the public health situation and may issue new orders and directives as conditions warrant.  Check the County website for updates regularly at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/updates?field_categories_target_id=17.  The County is working with the media to share important updates and information. 

Last Updated 04/08/2020 - 09:32

The current Order will remain in place until it is superseded by a new Order or until the current Shelter in Place ends. How long the restrictions are in place will depend on what the County Health Officer decides is necessary to protect public health.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:20

The first Shelter-In-Place Order for Marin County went into effect starting 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. Since then, our Shelter-In-Place Order has been extended multiple times, and continues to remain in place until either amended or rescinded.

Last Updated 08/11/2020 - 11:55

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

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 18:38

Generally no. 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 04/29/2020 - 16:01

If you leave your home to perform an essential activity (e.g., go to grocery store or visit doctor), you can reduce your risk of being infected with COVID-19 by adopting the following practices:

  • Practice social distancing at all times
  • Wash hands with soap and water when possible
  • Avoid touching frequently touched community spaces
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow
  • Wear a face covering, as recommended in the June 18, 2020 State Guidance for Face Coverings, except if a face covering is not recommended (e.g., for children 2 and younger, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance).
Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:18

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

Some of these services are now permitted. Please see the full guidance of what is permitted on our Marin Recovers website (Personal & Limited Services page). And of course, you may continue to use these services if your healthcare provider has determined that they are medically necessary for you. 

Last Updated 08/11/2020 - 10:16

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

 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 17:39

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

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

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 13:54

 The following excerpt from the Order lists the “Essential Businesses”: 

  1. Healthcare Operations and businesses that operate, maintain, or repair Essential Infrastructure; 

  1. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of unprepared food, canned food, dry goods, non-alcoholic beverages, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, as well as hygienic products and household consumer products necessary for personal hygiene or the habitability, sanitation, or operation of residences.  The businesses included in this subparagraph (ii) include establishments that sell multiple categories of products provided that they sell a significant amount of essential products identified in this subparagraph, such as liquor stores that also sell a significant amount of food.    

  1. Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing; 

  1. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; 

  1. Construction, but only as permitted under the State Shelter Order and only pursuant to the Construction Safety Protocols listed in Appendices B1 and B2 and incorporated into the Order by reference.  Public works projects shall also be subject to Appendices B1 and B2, except if other protocols are specified by the Health Officer;  

  1. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services; 

  1. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair (including, but not limited to, for cars, trucks, motorcycles and motorized scooters), and automotive dealerships, but only for the purpose of providing auto-supply and auto-repair services.  This subparagraph (vii) does not restrict the on-line purchase of automobiles if they are delivered to a residence or Essential Business; 

  1. Bicycle repair and supply shops;  

  1. Banks and related financial institutions; 

  1. Service providers that enable real estate transactions (including rentals, leases, and home sales), including, but not limited to, real estate agents, escrow agents, notaries, and title companies, provided that appointments and other residential viewings must only occur virtually or, if a virtual viewing is not feasible, by appointment with no more than two visitors at a time residing within the same household or living unit and one individual showing the unit (except that in person visits are not allowed when the occupant is present in the residence); 

  1. Hardware stores; 

  1. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the habitability, sanitation, and/or operation of residences and Essential Businesses; 

  1. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes; 

  1. Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, or as allowed under subparagraph xxvi, provided that social distancing of six feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible; 

  1. Laundromats, drycleaners, and laundry service providers; 

  1. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or carry out.  Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only.  Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site; 

  1. Funeral home providers, mortuaries, cemeteries, and crematoriums, to the extent necessary for the transport, preparation, or processing of bodies or remains;  

  1. Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, but only to the extent that they support or supply these Essential Businesses.  This exemption shall not be used as a basis for engaging in sales to the general public from retail storefronts; 

  1. Businesses that have the primary function of shipping or delivering groceries, food, or other goods directly to residences or businesses.  This exemption shall not be used to allow for manufacturing or assembly of non-essential products or for other functions besides those necessary to the delivery operation;  

  1. Airlines, taxis, rental car companies, rideshare services (including shared bicycles and scooters), and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order; 

  1. Home-based care for seniors, adults, children, and pets;   

  1. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children; 

  1. Professional services, such as legal, notary, or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with non-elective, legally required activities or in relation to death or incapacity; 

  1. Services to assist individuals in finding employment with Essential Businesses;  

  1. Moving services that facilitate residential or commercial moves that are allowed under this Order; and 

  1. Childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages that enable owners, employees, volunteers, and contractors for Essential Businesses, Essential Governmental Functions, Outdoor Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations to work as allowed under this Order.  To the extent possible, these operations must comply with the following conditions: 

  1. They must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children (“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 at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room.  Groups shall not mix with each other. 

  1. Providers or educators shall remain solely with one group of children. 

The Health Officer will carefully monitor the changing public health situation as well as any changes to the State Shelter Order.  In the event that the State relaxes restrictions on childcare and related institutions and programs, the Health Officer will consider whether to similarly relax the restrictions imposed by this Order. 

Last Updated 04/29/2020 - 16:41

This is a legally enforceable Order issued under California law. It is a crime to violate this Order, and you may be punished by a fine, imprisonment, or both for doing so.

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 17:32

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 11:22

Yes. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other food retail establishments selling foods items and non-alcoholic drinks are encouraged to stay open to provide food items and pet supplies to the public. Section 6 of the Order requires all businesses allowed to operate under the Order to follow any industry-specific requirements issued by the Health Officer related to COVID-19.  The Health Officer’s requirements for essential retail and grocery stores, essential workers, and food facilities can be found here.  When visiting these places, you must help the retailer maintain Social Distancing Requirements, including while you are shopping and standing in line. 

Last Updated 07/13/2020 - 12:12

Generally, no.  The intent of this Order is to ensure that people remain in their residences and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family unit or social bubble. However, the Order allows travel out of the County only to perform “essential activities,” operate “essential businesses,” or to maintain “essential governmental functions,” as those terms are defined in the Order.

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:07

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

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 16:04

No. The Order specifically excludes all healthcare related functions, including not just hospitals, clinics, and healthcare providers, but also all of the companies that supply them with goods and services.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:59

Our Public Health Order is effective until it is either amended or rescinded. However, the public health situation is changing rapidly. As the situation develops, the Health Officer will extend or modify this Order as necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.

Last Updated 08/04/2020 - 15:17

The Order specifically allows people to leave their home to buy food, purchase medicine, and purchase other necessary items. It also directs businesses selling those items to remain open, and allows employees of those businesses to keep working and to ensure those businesses are operating.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:43

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

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

Last Updated 07/08/2020 - 15:55

An emergency was declared in order to ensure Marin is best prepared to address this global outbreak. Marin County Public Health is working with elected officials, other city agencies, the public and private health care system, schools, businesses and community organizations to ensure that we as a county are well informed and able to respond and mitigate the harm of the new virus.  The proclamation reinforces that this is not business as usual. We must be confident that our local response efforts are as robust as possible to protect the health of Marin residents. This declaration gives us more tools to better respond.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:26

Marin County COVID-19 Guidance for  isolation and quarantine:

Isolation is when a person with COVID-19 stays away from everyone, including the people he/she lives with, in order to avoid getting others sick. A person must isolate for at least 10 days after the first symptoms AND be fever free for the most recent 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine), and other symptoms improve. If someone is COVID-19 positive, but without symptoms, they must isolate for at least 10 days from the date of their positive test.

Quarantine is when people who have come in contact with someone sick with COVID-19, they must stay at home until they know if they are sick. A person must quarantine for 14 days after the last contact with an infected person. If you are not able to avoid contact with a person with COVID-19, you must stay in quarantine until 14 days from when the person with COVID-19 completes their isolation period. Your isolation period is likely to be at least 21 days total.

Please read Marin County’s At Home Quarantine & Isolation Safety guidance document for important information and practical tips.

 

Source:  CDC, Marin HHS

Last Updated 07/21/2020 - 19:27

The CDC recommends that you stay home for 14 days from the time you returned home from international travel to monitor your health and practice social distancing. The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory external icon, which advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Visit the CDC to learn more about international travelers returning to the U.S.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:12

The proclamation of a local emergency is a legal document that mobilizes county resources, accelerates emergency planning, streamlines staffing, coordinates agencies across Marin, allows for future reimbursement by the state and federal governments and raises awareness throughout Marin about how everyone can prepare and respond to this emergency. Marin joined San Francisco, Santa Clara and other counties in the state that have issued similar proclamations to bolster their preparedness and response.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:27

Marin County Public Health is working closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the CDC, and our regional partners to protect our community. We are working with local healthcare providers to identify, test and support individuals who may be infected with Coronavirus and prevent further spread. The County has activated it's Medical Health Branch of the Emergency Operations Center and is  actively engaged in advanced planning with hospitals. We will be providing regular communication and guidance to the Marin community.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 21:25