Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. However, if you must travel, we strongly recommend wearing a mask in public settings, staying at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not from your household, wash your hands with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer) for at least 20 seconds after using a public restroom, and follow additional CDC guidance to minimize your exposure to COVID-19 while traveling.
While Marin Public Health is not currently requiring quarantine after you return from travel, we strongly recommend you monitor for symptoms on return and contact your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms or are notified that you have had a COVID-19 exposure. If notified of exposure, you should quarantine immediately.
Remember, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 on your travels. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and spread the virus to others. You and your travel companions (including children) pose a risk to your family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus. 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. 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.
Some of these services are now permitted. Please see the full guidance of what is permitted on our Marin Recovers website (Personal Services page). And of course, you may continue to use these services if your healthcare provider has determined that they are medically necessary for you.
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.
Yes. An adult must actively supervise each child at all times to make sure that children two years of age or older keep their face covering over their nose and mouth and stay six (6) feet away from adults and children outside their household. Be sure to wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
This guidance does not apply to indoor playgrounds or family entertainment centers.
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
Yes, you can leave the County for the purpose of returning home.
There are no restrictions on travel into or out of the County. However, the State recommends that individuals not travel significant distances and should stay close to home as much as possible. The state also provides that any traveler should take the following precautions:
- Don’t travel if you have been sick in the past 14 days or if you live with someone with COVID-19
- Don’t travel with someone who is sick
- Wear a mask in public
- Wash your hands
- Keep 6 feet from anyone you don’t live with
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.
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.
The first Shelter-In-Place Order for Marin County went into effect starting 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. Since then, our Shelter-In-Place Order has been extended multiple times, and was rescinded and replaced by the Risk-Reduction Order effective October 27, 2020. This Risk-Reduction Order incorporates the State’s Blueprint framework, associated orders, and guidance and will remain in effect until amended or rescinded.
The current Order will remain in place until it is rescinded, amended, or superseded by a new Order. How long the restrictions are in place will depend on what the County Health Officer decides is necessary to protect public health.
Yes. The Health Officer may make changes to the Order as more information emerges about the public health situation and may issue new orders and directives as conditions warrant. Check the County website regularly for updates. The County is working with the media to share important updates and information.
This Public Health Order (or a similar order) is in effect across the six most populous counties of the Bay Area, including in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties. Additional counties may issue the same or similar orders.