Retail businesses that sell new or used cars at the retail level must follow all retail guidelines, and all guidelines specific to automotive dealerships and rentals, including 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.
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.
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. Previously, indoor facilities or indoor portions of retail space were required to be closed to the public, and sales were required to take place outdoors. This has been revised, and per State Retail guidelines, indoor retail is now allowed with limited capacity. Outdoor businesses must comply with the Order’s social distancing requirements and post a Site-Specific Protection Plan.
Yes, as of June 5, 2020, charter boats may operate in the County. Charter boats include boats available for rent or charter for fishing, memorial services at sea, sightseeing, and other activities. All charter boat operations must follow all existing Health Officer Orders, including the Facial Coverings Order, and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan. Additionally, all charter boat operations must abide by the following Industry-Specific Guidelines of the Health Officer: Charter Boat Operators, Outdoor Recreation Activity Businesses, Recreational Equipment Rental Businesses, and Childcare Establishments, Day Camps and Sports Camps.
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 B-1 and B-2 of the Order. Once they comply with the Construction Safety Protocols, construction sites do not also need to post a Site-Specific Protection Plan.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, youth sports leagues may operate as long as they follow the Health Officer Guidelines for Childcare Establishments, Day Camps, Sports Camps, or Youth Activities. Under the current guidance, sports leagues can permit stable groups of up to 14 children/youth to engage in sports activities (e.g., practice, drills, etc.) where physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained. However, these stable groups of 14 children/youth may not scrimmage or play games against children/youth in a different group. Any coach working with a stable group of children/youth cannot work with any other group of children/youth. Additionally, as of August 17, 2020, any child/youth participating in a sports league may participate in one other childcare establishment or youth activity during that same time period. All childcare establishments and youth activities must operate for a minimum of three weeks.
No. At this time, only children/youth (under age 18) sports leagues are permitted to operate.
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.
Projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure;
Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided that such construction is directly related to the COVID-19 response;
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;
Construction strictly necessary to ensure that existing construction sites that must be shut down under this Order are left in a safe and secure manner, but only to the extent necessary to do so; and
Construction or repair necessary to ensure that residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot reasonably be delayed;
Yes. Composting facilities may operate and composting activities may take place.
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.
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.