Families and Pregnant Women

Visit CDC for information to help you keep your children healthy.

Last Updated 06/25/2020 - 18:15

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

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 23:29

We do not currently know if pregnant people have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. Based on available information, pregnant people seem to have the same risk as adults who are not pregnant.

However, we do know that

  • Pregnant people have changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections.
  • Pregnant people have had a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza.


Source: CDC

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:23

Visit the CDC “Protect Yourself” for the most up to date information.

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:14

Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.


For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/covid19-guidance.html

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:13

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

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

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:53

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

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

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

Last Updated 05/04/2020 - 14:53

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

Last Updated 07/09/2020 - 17:07

Schools, soup kitchens, food banks and other entities that provide free or reduced priced food goods or meals to students or other members of the public are encouraged to continue providing these services. However, food provided by these establishments to the public may not be eaten on the premises but must be delivered or taken away for consumption. To find food resources near you, look at the SF-Marin Food Bank’s Food Locator: https://foodlocator.sfmfoodbank.org/

Last Updated 04/10/2020 - 22:41