Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. After two months of progress, COVID-19 case counts are no longer declining across the region, and in some areas locally and nationally case rates are increasing again. Travel-related infections are threatening further progress. Travel outside of the region also increases risk of infection with new variants of the virus and the accelerated introduction of these variants into our community. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommend delaying travel and staying home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Travel Advisory includes recommendations to curb the spread of COVID-19 and contain new sources of infection.
- Schools have the authority to implement stricter requirements for returning travelers.
- Avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one's place of residence, or to other states or countries.
If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:
- If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
- Before you travel, get tested 1-3 days before your trip.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
All persons arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries, should self-quarantine for 10 days.
- Quarantine may be shortened to 7 days if all travelers in the household are asymptomatic and test negative with an antigen or molecular viral test on Day 5 or later.
- Fully vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine unless required by employer.
- Students who did not travel with their parents / guardians can attend school if returning parents / guardians can quarantine.
Those adhering to the advice and staying close to home still need to consider restrictions on in-person gatherings.
- CDPH recommends holding gatherings outside, where air circulation is better.
- Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are still strongly discouraged from entering California.
Regardless of where you traveled or what you did during your trip, take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return:
- When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
- Watch your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.
Yes. As of June 12, 2020, 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.
If you leave your home to perform an essential activity (e.g., go to grocery store or visit doctor), you can reduce your risk of being infected with COVID-19 by adopting the following practices:
- Practice social distancing at all times
- Wash hands with soap and water when possible
- Avoid touching frequently touched community spaces
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow
- Wear a face covering, as recommended in the June 18, 2020 State Guidance for Face Coverings, except if a face covering is not recommended (e.g., for children 2 and younger, or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance).
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
The State’s Regional Stay at Home Order, issued December 3, 2020, lists the California Health and Safety Code provisions that authorize the California Department of Public Health to take action necessary to protect public health. (California Health & Safety Code Sections 120125, 120130(c), 120135, 120140, 120140, 120145, 120175, 120195 and 131080.)
Additional authority is provided by Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-60-20, which were issued pursuant to the Emergency Services Act, California Government Code Section 8550 et seq.
Local Health Orders issued by the Marin County Health Officer are issued pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Sections 101040, 101085, and 120175.
Yes. However, California has imposed various restrictions (see guidance documents). Venues, event coordinators, and vendors should review all relevant guidance documents and implement all applicable mitigation strategies.
Yes. On April 6, 2021, the Governor announced that California will fully open its economy on June 15 if two criteria are met: • If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be inoculated; and • If hospitalization rates are stable and low. The State and county are on target to meet these criteria. We anticipate industry guidance will be updated at that time.
Venues, private event operators, and vendors should review and implement mitigation strategies in the Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening. All businesses and facilities must:
• Perform a detailed risk assessment and create a worksite-specific protection plan.
• Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This includes how to screen themselves for symptoms and when to stay home.
• Set up individual control measures and screenings.
• Put disinfection protocols in place.
• Establish physical distancing guidelines.
• Follow CDPH face covering requirements (with allowed exceptions)
It is the responsibility of the venue and private event operators (“Responsible Parties”) to ensure compliance with all relevant CDPH guidance. This includes confirming vendor compliance with guidance.
Marin County transit operators and passengers should refer to the State’s guidance for public transit agencies located at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-transit-rail--en.pdf. The State’s Guidance does not require that passengers maintain six feet of physical distancing while on public transit. However, the State’s Guidance does require that passengers wear face coverings (unless exempted per the CDPH Face Covering Guidance). Further, the State’s Guidance provides that passengers should practice physical distancing when possible and when physical distancing is not feasible that passengers should avoid directly facing other passengers. Note that State’s Guidance does require that to the extent possible passengers maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from transit and rail operators. However, the Guidance provides that transit operators shall “be mindful of ensuring compliance with minimum requirements for handicapped-accessible seating.”
It is mandatory. This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is a crime (a misdemeanor) not to follow the Order.
The term “shelter in place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless it is necessary for one of the exceptions listed in the Order.
The CDC has the following recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals who have traveled abroad:
Fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19. However, international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
The following guidelines are for individuals who are NOT fully vaccinated:
CDC recommends delaying international travel until you are fully vaccinated.
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
- Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
- If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support. They are allowed to pick up the items you need. You can also order food and other supplies and have them delivered to your home. If you think you might be eligible for Meals on Wheels, call (415) 457-INFO to start the process.
If you live in West Marin, please call West Marin Senior Services at (415) 663-8148. When the program has space for new meal recipients, we can complete the intake process over the phone.
Yes, 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 State 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.