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).
COVID-19 has no impact on the safety of your drinking water. Marin's water supply is locally sourced, with the majority of it coming from protected watersheds. Your water is purified and routinely monitored to ensure there are no viruses or pathogens. using modern treatment techniques to remove pathogens, including bacteria and viruses.
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.
Many retail stores are now open for curbside pick-up, delivery and indoor retail. We encourage residents to support local small businesses. Also, many items can be ordered online and delivered to your home.
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.
Most grocery stores are cleaning carts and other items/areas in the store but you should also take precautions. It is fine to wipe down shopping carts but be sure to read and follow the instructions of the product you are using – some require up to 4 minutes on a surface to kill viruses. The most important things that you can do are: 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), maintain at least 6' distance from anyone not in your household, do not touch your face, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you return from shopping.
Additional helpful hints for safe grocery shopping include:
- Think through if you really need to…are the items on your list nice to have or need to have?
- If you do need to go, go when there will likely be the least number of people in the store.
- Make a list and plan your route so you are not walking back and forth, and you limit the time you are inside the store.
- If you are a senior citizen or have health issues, check with your store – they may have special hours for you when the fewest number of people will be there.
- Some grocery stores will deliver to your home, or allow you to order online and pick up at the store, bringing your groceries to you while you wait inside your vehicle. Check with you local grocer to find out what options they have available.
Source: CDC, Sunset Magazine
The risk of infection from delivered foods and items is low but there are things you can do to lessen the risk:
- Have no contact deliveries where items are left outside your home rather than handed to you directly.
- Use gloves to unpack. Dispose of packaging immediately in the trash or recycle bin before taking off gloves.
For non-perishable items, leave them in the garage or other out of the way area until you need them.
This is not meant to be a complete list of stores and this information is subject to change. Please contact your local Marin retailer to verify if/when special shopping hours are available.
- Members aged 60+
- Monday - Friday
- 9:00am - 10:00 am
- Nugget Markets (Novato, Corte Madera and Tiburon)
- Tuesdays and Thursdays
- 7:00am - 8:00am
- Senior citizens and at-risk members of our community
- Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays
- 6:00am - 9:00am
- Reserved for vulnerable guests
- San Rafael: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00am - 9:00am
- Marin City: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:00am - 8:00am
- Whole Foods
- 60+ or high-risk members of our community
- Wednesdays and Fridays
- 7:00am - 8:00am
Have “no contact” delivery for food where the delivery person leaves the food outside. Immediately remove food from carry bags and dispose of bags properly.
Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.
Restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and similar establishments are encouraged to remain open to supply meals to the public via delivery, carryout and outdoor dining. You can also purchase prepared foods at grocery stores, supermarkets, certified farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and other such food retailers.
Schools, soup kitchens, food banks, and other entities that provide free or reduced priced food or meals to the public are encouraged to continue providing these services.
You are encouraged to take away food or have it delivered. You may also consume your meal on the premises if that is allowed in our current Tier standing (as defined in California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy) and as long as all applicable guidance is adhered to.
Yes. Drug stores and other medical supply stores are allowed and encouraged to operate. When possible, you should have prescription medicines and healthcare supplies delivered to your home.