All individuals are required to wear masks/face coverings when at a business, both indoors or outdoors, whether employee or customer. Businesses are required to enforce this, so if a restaurant asks you to keep your mask on while you are waiting for your food to arrive, or after you have finished your meal, please comply.
You can remove your mask to address basic biological necessities like eating and drinking, but you should replace your mask as soon as possible if you have to remove it. This is especially important if you are eating or drinking in public areas -- indoors or outdoors. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer both before and after handling your face covering.
(source: Marin Public Health Order)
Yes. Even if you have already had COVID-19, you still may be contagious or have the ability to pass the virus to others.
The State of California issued a mask / face covering mandate on June 18, that is more restrictive than Marin's Facial Covering order and should be followed. In sum, children over 2 years old should follow the State of California's order, which requires face masks when out in public. You can find more information about proper mask fitting and scenarios for wearing a mask on our Face Coverings and Masks webpage.
Regarding camps, youth activities and child care / day care environments: the State of California's order defers to the local level, therefore, operators of camps, youth activities, and child care can continue to follow Marin's guidelines. In a camp, youth activities or child care environment, children 12 years and over are required to wear face coverings. In a camp, youth activities, or child care environment, children over 2 up to 12 years old should be encouraged to wear them as much as reasonable, with supervision, however, they are not required to wear them. Children 2 and under are not supposed to wear face coverings. Children over the age of 2 should wear cloth face coverings when not actively engaged in physical activity to reduce the risk for transmission only if the parent and provider determine they can reliably wear, remove, and handle face coverings following CDC guidance throughout the day. Children under 12 wearing a cloth face covering shall be actively monitored by child care, youth activity, or camp personnel at all times.
No, not when used by themselves (without a mask). The purpose of face shields is to protect the facial area and eyes, nose and mouth from splashes, sprays or splatters of body fluids and are usually used by health care workers, dental providers, and other emergency medical providers.
Face shields are generally not used alone, but in conjunction with other protective equipment like a mask.
Face shields do not hug the face like a mask. Face shields used without masks still allow the respiratory droplets to escape because the shields are open on the sides and bottom. In the sense of “my mask protects you, your mask protects me” a face shield used alone does not stop the flow of respiratory droplets like wearing an appropriate fitting mask or face covering does.
No. One social bubble and one childcare or camp bubble only.
Yes. All individuals are required to wear a mask at a business, both indoor and outdoor businesses, whether as an employee or a customer. A store or business can prohibit you from entering their business if you do not have a face covering. However, if you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from safely wearing a face covering, then you should speak with a store manager or employee about a reasonable accommodation to help you obtain the services you need without endangering your health or the health of other shoppers.
It is permissible for an employer to require employees be tested for COVID and share their results with the employer, as long as the test is “job-related and consistent with business necessity.”
It is important that employees be virus-free when they come to work. Requiring testing and requiring employees to share the results is permissible. The employer must keep the employee medical information confidential and must maintain it separately from the employee’s personnel file.
We recommend leaving your children at home in the care of another adult. If you have no other option, you are welcome to bring your child.
Technically, yes. But, it’s important to take precautions. Social bubbles are an excellent way to allow families across multiple households to come together once again. However, older adults are especially vulnerable to severe symptoms of COVID-19. Therefore, all members of a social bubble should continue to practice other protective measures of physical distancing, wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and obeying isolation or quarantine guidelines if a member of the social bubble is diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19. People who are forming a bubble that includes people over 65 or those at high risk should consider a smaller-sized bubble with a very cautious approach to outside contact.
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.
A hospital cannot utilize homemade cloth masks as a substitute for regulation personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N-95 or surgical masks. Clinical trials suggest cloth masks offer poor filtration and are an inefficient form of protection against respiratory infection, especially in high-risk environments.
However, some community organizations are accepting homemade masks for use in non-clinical settings. Inquire with your local city or town government, local public safety agency, or community center to see if they are accepting donations of handmade masks.
No – that would be discrimination.
At this point, social bubble activities should be outdoors only.
Governmental entities are strongly encouraged to complete Site-Specific Protection Plans for each of their facilities that remain open for any essential governmental functions, though the Order does not require them to do so. Just as with private businesses, Site-Specific Protection Plans assist governments in implementing risk reduction measures identified by the Health Officer, ensure that government agency staff and community members accessing government services are protected, and inform government employees and members of the public visiting the facilities about their respective responsibilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Each department or agency continuing to perform essential governmental functions at the workplace is encouraged to complete and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan for its facilities and post the plan where it is publicly visible.
Yes. If you are in a public space, you are required to wear a face covering even if you do not have symptoms or feel sick. People with COVID-19 sometimes do not have a fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms, but can unknowingly, spread the virus to others. Wearing a face covering is meant to protect other people in case you are infected and do not know it.