Yes, childcare establishments (as well as camps and other educational or recreational institutions) may open to provide care or supervision to children of all ages to enable people to work at businesses allowed to operate under this Order or work as essential governmental employees. Childcare facilities must comply with the following mandatory conditions in the Order to the extent possible:
Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 14 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 14 or fewer children are in the same group each day).
Children shall not change from one group to another.
If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
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.
Yes, funeral home providers and mortuaries may continue operating to the extent necessary for the transport, preparation, or processing of remains. This means that any employee necessary for the transport, preparation and/or processing of a body may continue to report to these facilities to conduct their work.
Faith-based and cultural ceremonies are allowed to proceed with indoor or outdoor services with a limited capacity that is set by our current Tier level. Size and layout of ceremonies are restricted to help guests maintain physical distancing, among other health precautions. Please review the full guidelines for additional requirements.
Houses of faith are still encouraged to continue utilizing online virtual meeting options as much as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, especially for members with compromised immune systems or other health concerns. Check with your church, synagogue or other house of worship to see if it has virtual, online services.
Moving companies may continue to assist with necessary residential moves under this Order, since maintaining an available housing supply and keeping people sheltered is essential to the health and safety of the public. Moving companies may also continue to assist with necessary commercial moves that ensure essential businesses as defined under the Order may continue operating. Non-essential residential or commercial moves, as well as any moves for non-essential businesses, should be deferred to minimize risk of transmission.
Yes, the Order permits nannies and babysitters caring for a child in the child’s own home to continue working. If families opt to have playdates, they need to keep playdates as a singular cohort. Keep the same group together and do not introduce or rotate members. By rotating members of the group, it allows kids to “pollinate” another group, which goes against the social/physical distancing practices. Play dates should follow the same guidelines for childcare centers that was issued on March 13.
Yes, if they are an essential business, outdoor business or additional businesses, as described in the Order, or if they contract with a governmental entity and provide an essential governmental function. Non-profits that are allowed to continue operating include, for instance, food pantries, organizations providing housing for homeless residents, and organizations providing other critical services. Other non-profit organizations cannot continue operating their facilities, except to provide minimum basic operations, such as maintaining the value of inventory, keeping the site safe and secure, providing for the delivery of existing inventory to residences or businesses, or ensuring that employees are able to work remotely. All employees may also work remotely from their residences.
Unless closer contact is necessary for their work, all employees must strictly comply with the Order’s social distancing requirements, including maintaining a distance of six feet from one another, frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an effective hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a face covering, as recommended in the June 18, 2020 State guidance, except if a face covering is not necessarily recommended for them (e.g., anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a face covering without assistance) and avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with COVID-19 symptoms.
We do not currently know if pregnant people have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. Based on available information, pregnant people seem to have the same risk as adults who are not pregnant.
However, we do know that
- Pregnant people have changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections.
- Pregnant people have had a higher risk of severe illness when infected with viruses from the same family as COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza.
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.
Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/covid19-guidance.html
Some of these services are now permitted. Please see the full guidance of what is permitted on our Marin Recovers website (Personal & Limited 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.
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 they have had 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.
Beginning August 24, 2020, Hotels, Motels and Short-term Rentals are allowed to operate for tourism purposes under the current Shelter In Place order, so long as they complete, post and implement a Site-Specific Protection Plan with the reopening guidelines provided by both the County and the State.
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.