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COVID-19 Status Update for 09/24/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for September 24, 2021 includes Boosters Ok’d for Older Adults, At Risk Groups; Healthcare and Care Facility Staff Advised to Get Flu Shot; and updated … Read More

Health Orders in effect for Marin County

Protecting Public Health

Legal authority for County Health Officer orders addressing the COVID-19 pandemic is in the California Health and Safety Code, which grants broad powers to the Health Officer to protect public health during local emergencies and prevent the spread of contagious diseases. The statutes include Health and Safety Code sections 101040 and 120175. As actions taken under this statutory authority, Health Officer orders are measures taken to preserve the public health, which is an exercise of the police power contained in the California Constitution. 

All Health Orders

Local Orders

  • Face Covering Order
  • Isolation and Quarantine Order
  • Requiring Vaccine Verification for First Responders

State Orders

  • State Health Officer Order

Local Health Orders for the General Public

Requiring All People to Wear Masks in Indoor Public Settings

Date of order: August 2, 2021

In order to slow the spread of the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, all people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings in public indoor settings in Marin County until further notice, beginning August 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Public settings include but are not limited to business offices, retail stores, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meeting rooms and State and local government facilities where services are provided to the public.​

This order does not apply to people in the following circumstances:

  • When alone in a room.
  • When actively eating or drinking.
  • When swimming or showering.
  • When receiving care or other service that requires removal of the face covering, including by way of example and without limitation, medical care requiring exposure of the nose or mouth, cosmetic services involving the face, and dental procedures.
  • When participating in a religious activity at a religious gathering, to the extent that removal of face coverings is necessary for participation.
  • When performing live in an indoor public space, if everyone present is fully vaccinated.
  • When exempt from wearing face coverings under the State Face Covering Guidance or other applicable California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance. The State Face Covering Guidance exempts the following individuals from wearing masks:
    • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
    • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask, including persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
    • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
    • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined.

 Related Materials:

  • Health Order: Requiring All People to Wear Masks in Indoor Public Settings
  • Press Release:  Bay Area Health Officials Urge Immediate Vaccination and Issue Orders Requiring Use of Face Coverings Indoors to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
  • State of California Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

Isolation and Quarantine Order

Date of order: June 14, 2021

While Marin County is one of the most highly vaccinated counties in California, COVID-19 continues to pose a risk, especially to residents of the County who are not fully vaccinated. This Order continues to mandate that certain individuals, as specified in the order, isolate or quarantine themselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  In addition, this order rescinds many of the public health officer orders issued earlier in the pandemic (including the orders of April 28, 2021; Sept 2, 2020; June 8, 2020; May 29, 2020; May 15, 2020; April 27, 2020; and March 24, 2020.)

What does the Local Public Health Isolation and Quarantine Order require?

  • Isolation: All individuals who have been diagnosed with or who are likely to have COVID-19 must follow a series of protocols: They must put themselves in isolation, review the "Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19 Contact Tracing" guide, notify their Close Contacts that they need to self-quarantine, and then refer these individuals to the same guide previously listed. The Order explains which persons are considered Close Contacts. 
  • Quarantine: Individuals who are defined as Close Contacts of a person with COVID-19 must quarantine themselves. They must adhere to the instructions stated in this Order and also public health guidance documents referenced in the Order. Fully vaccinated persons are not obligated to comply with this Order's quarantine requirements if they do not show signs of symptoms. These individuals may refer to the California Department of Public Health's "Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People."

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Additional Local Health Orders

Requiring COVID-19 Vaccine Verification and Weekly COVID-19 Testing for Certain Unvaccinated Workers

Date of order: September 1, 2021

This order replaces / clarifies the August 20, 2021 order (“Prior Order”).  The September 1 order still requires Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Temporary Disaster Shelter, and Public Sector Employers to verify the COVID-19 vaccination status of all personnel. In addition, it continues to require Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, and Temporary Disaster Shelter Personnel who are not Fully Vaccinated to undergo weekly testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.  It also requires public service employees to verify vaccine status.

The September 1 order maintains all the requirements set forth in the Prior Order but clarifies that Employers must verify the vaccination status of all Personnel.  This Order also imposes reporting requirements in the event an employee tests positive for COVID-19. 


  • Health Order: Requiring the verification of vaccination status and requiring weekly COVID-19 testing for certain unvaccinated workers.

State Health Orders for the General Public

The following orders have been issued by the California Department of Public Health and apply to all counties in California.

State Public Health Officer Order

On June 11, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued a new public health order that supersedes previous State Health Officer Orders (including the orders of August 28, 2020;  July 13, 2020; May 7, 2020; and March 19, 2020). This new order sets the stage for Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and allows our communities to get much closer to a pre-pandemic reality.

What does the State Public Health Officer Order require?

The California Department of Public Health will continue to offer public health recommendations and guidance related to COVID-19. However, aside from the mandatory guidance referenced in the three bullets above, the other public health guidance related to COVID-19, issued by the California Department of Public Health, will not be mandatory. Instead, they will represent the Department's best recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19 based on the scientific evidence and epidemiological data.

What is the Legal Authority for the State and Local Orders Issued in Response to the Pandemic?

The State’s Health Order, issued June 11, 2021, 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, 120140, 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. 


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