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.
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.
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.
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.
No. You will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them, as stores selling necessary items like grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores will remain open. Please continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally follow. This will ensure that there is enough for everyone.
You can either pick up food for take away, dine outdoors, or dine indoors based on the current guidance and what the food service location you are patronizing offers. Social distancing guidelines and all other County and State guidance pertaining to restaurants and dining must be adhered to. These facilities can also deliver.
Restaurants and food facilities may offer food delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining. Indoor dining with limited capacity may also be offered if it is allowed by Marin's current Tier standing. Marin County Environmental Health Services offers guidance for food facilities. Self-service operations are prohibited under the current Order. If your facility is offering take-out or delivery options, you should follow EHS's Environmental Health Service's website for additional updates as the Shelter In Place order continues.