You can construct only the following kinds of housing:
Affordable housing that is or will be income-restricted, including multi-unit or mixed-use developments containing at least 10% income-restricted units;
Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency;
Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels;
Projects immediately necessary to provide critical non-commercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs;
You cannot otherwise continue construction of market-rate housing, except (i) to ensure that your existing construction sites are left in a safe and secure manner while they are shut down in compliance with this Order; or (ii) to engage in construction or repair necessary to ensure that existing market-rate housing is safe, sanitary, and habitable if that construction or repair cannot be delayed.
Marin County Public Health updated our guidance for schools on poor air quality days when COVID-19 is present in the community.
- When air quality is unhealthy (Air Quality Index of 151 – 200) we recommend significantly decreasing outdoor activities.
- When air quality is very unhealthy (201 – 300), we recommend suspending outdoor activities. At these levels, windows and doors should be closed, and (if available) ventilation systems with filtration should be used.
- Marin County Public Health will recommend school closures when AQI > 300 (Hazardous).
There may be situations when Marin County Public Health does not recommend school closures but individual schools and districts opt to close schools due to staffing or other reasons.
Your school site specific protection plan is designed the reduce the risk of COVID-19 being in the classroom / on campus. Staff should always wear a face cover, wash hands, and clean & disinfect surfaces per protocol.
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.
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. Retailers should follow the state guidelines for Retailers to create a safer environment for workers and customers.
Each retailer must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP) prior to reopening. The SPP template combines state-level guidance published in the California State Resilience Roadmap and local Marin County public health policies.
Over the past several months, the Board of Supervisors has put protections in place for tenants of Marin County who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An eviction ban, rent repayment period, rental assistance, and support to housing-related legal services were all components of these countywide protections.
Recent action by the State and CDC has extended and increased certain protections for tenants and landlords alike. At the September 22 Board of Supervisors meeting, staff from the County's Community Development Agency provided a helpful update on these protections, which are at times overlapping and a bit confusing. Review the presentation video and slide deck, and please visit our Renter and Landlord Resources website for more information.
Throughout Marin County, 120 local public agencies rely on property tax revenues to maintain essential public services, especially during the current COVID-19 public health crisis. The first installment is due November 1 and must be paid on or before December 10 to avoid penalty. The second installment must be paid by April 10, 2021. Both installments may be paid with the first installment. Please read this press release for more information.
Beginning August 24, 2020, Hotels, Motels and Short-term Rentals are allowed to operate for tourism purposes under the current Shelter In Place order, so long as they complete, post and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan with the reopening guidelines provided by both the County and the State.
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.
This is a complicated question with a bit of nuance. Our Housing and Federal Grants Division staff members would be better equipped to answer your question. They can be reached at 415-473-7309.
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.
No. Hospital cafeterias fall within the exemption for healthcare facilities and may remain open. Hospital cafeterias must be structured to ensure six-foot minimum distancing between non-related individuals picking up food from or eating in the facility. Hospital cafeterias should increase cleaning and sanitization to minimize risk of exposure and follow other Social Distancing Requirements specified in the Order to the maximum extent feasible.
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.
No. “Essential businesses,” “outdoor businesses” and “additional businesses” providing curbside or indoor retail may keep their facilities open and continue providing their services and products to the public as permitted by the Order. Employees may leave home to go to these jobs. But all businesses are required to maximize the number of employees working from home and bring in only those employees who can’t carry out their job duties from home. Businesses that are not “essential businesses,” “outdoor businesses,” or “additional businesses” providing curbside or indoor retail as those terms are defined in the Order, must cease all activities at their facilities within the County, except to provide minimum basic operations, such as maintaining the value of a business’s inventory, keeping the business site safe and secure, ensuring that employees are able to work remotely, or providing for the delivery of existing inventory to residences or businesses. Employees may otherwise work from home.
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.
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.