Yes, there are a limited number of exemptions to wearing a face covering.
The State Face Covering Guidance exempts the following individuals from wearing masks:
- Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask, including persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
Marin County's current face covering requirement does not apply to individuals in the following circumstances:
- When alone in a room.
- When actively eating or drinking.
- When swimming or showering.
- When receiving care or other service that requires removal of the face covering, including by way of example and without limitation, medical care requiring exposure of the nose or mouth, cosmetic services involving the face, and dental procedures.
- When participating in a religious activity at a religious gathering, to the extent that removal of face coverings is necessary for participation.
- When performing live in an indoor public space, if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
- When exempt from wearing face coverings under the State Face Covering Guidance or other applicable CDPH guidance.
Beginning October 15, 2021, Marin's face covering restrictions will provide an additional exemption in certain indoor settings with stable cohorts of fully vaccinated individuals. In indoor offices, gyms, fitness centers, employee commuter vehicles, religious gatherings, college classes, and other organized gatherings of individuals who meet regularly, individuals are exempt from the face covering requirement under the following circumstances:
- There are no more than 100 individuals present; and
- The host, employer, or organizer has verified (see below) that all individuals present are fully vaccinated; and
- The host, employer, or organizer maintains a list of individuals present; and
- The host, employer, or organizer can control access to the setting, and the setting is not open to the general public.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Hosts, employers, or organizers must verify the vaccine status of individuals with one of the following (self-attestation of eligibility is not permitted):
- The original U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CDC vaccination card issued to the individual following administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC Card);
- The original WHO International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis issued to the individual following administration of the COVID-19 in a foreign country (WHO Yellow Card);
- A paper photograph or photocopy of the CDC Card or WHO Yellow Card;
- An electronic image of the CDC Card or WHO Yellow Card;
- A digital copy of the individual’s COVID-19 Vaccine record, obtained through the following portal: https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/; or
- Documentation from a licensed healthcare provider that the individual is Fully Vaccinated.
Employees or customers witnessing a local business abusing the exemptions listed on this page are encouraged to report the violation to the appropriate local authority.