Marin County Order General Info

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.

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Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 14:07

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 04/10/2020 - 21:30

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  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 new Order goes into effect starting 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. 

Last Updated 04/07/2020 - 14:16

This new Order requires that most people continue sheltering in their place of residence until May 3, 2020.  This new Order replaces the prior Shelter-in-Place Order, which was set to expire on April 7, 2020.  It also adds to the list of restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease. 

You are still allowed to participate in “essential activities” or to work for an “essential business” if it is not possible for you to work from home.  This means that you are allowed to leave your home for specified reasons—like to make sure you have the necessities of life (discussed more below) such as getting food and medical supplies, or to perform work for an essential business that you cannot complete from your home.  You are also allowed to go outside to take care of a pet or for exercise so long as you don’t congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people who aren’t part of your family or living unit.  

Last Updated 05/18/2020 - 14:45

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

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

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

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