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COVID-19 Status Update for 05/07/2021

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for May 7 includes a plan to vaccinate 12-15 year-olds once state and federal authorization is received; an upcoming forum to discuss adolescent vaccinations; updated local COVID-19 data… Read More

From signage to PPE suppliers, browse a curated list of resources to help businesses of all sizes reopen safely.

What types of businesses are allowed to reopen? Review Marin’s progress and projected dates for further industry reopenings.

Access public health guidelines that are available for businesses and industries to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access educational materials such as the EMS Field guide, hospital follow-up information, EMS safety videos, donning and doffing protocol, among other resources.

Marin County Public Health has issued guidance for healthcare facilities and medical providers to guide efforts such as testing, post-test isolation and safety, at-home quarantine and isolation, use of masks and gloves, and more.

Marin County Public Health is accepting health care provider testing referrals and self-referrals by essential workers. Prioritized groups now include symptomatic and asymptomatic healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential workers.

Risk Reduction Order

YOU can help Marin County stay healthy and end COVID-19

On April 28, 2021 Marin Public Health updated its "Risk Reduction" Order.  The new and updated order acknowledges Marin County's progress through the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy and better aligns with the State of California's current health orders and guidance to protect ourselves, our households and our community.  It also acknowledges the personal responsibility of individuals and business owners/operators in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

What's new? The April 28 order also rescinds the previous October 27 order, including Appendix A (Marin County Site Specific Protection Plan), and Appendix B (Safety protocols for the construction industry).  The new order also updates Appendix C (Allowed activities) and supersedes the April 17, 2020 order for face coverings (masks are still required, per the state order listed below).

One thing that has not changed is the need to practice caution in deciding when to leave our homes and for what purpose. The virus is still present in our community, and even people without symptoms can have COVID-19 and give it to others. It’s important to help protect the people we live, work, and interact with so they don’t get the virus. For adults over 65 and people with certain health conditions, being exposed to COVID-19 could be deadly. We must all continue to practice social distancing, wear facial coverings, and wash our hands frequently. 

To help you understand the restrictions of the order, please review the resources provided below:

Information about the Risk Reduction Order
Business Guidelines For Operating Under the Risk Reduction Order & Blueprint for a Safer Economy. provides current operating status, reopening and recovery information for both businesses and residents.  As operating status and reopening changes are announced for a specific business type, those materials will be posted at  Below is a list of quick links to help you find information related to businesses allowed to reopen under current health orders.


Facial Covering (Mask) Requirement

The State of California mandates that face masks be worn at all times when outside of the home, with few exceptions.

Currently, the California Department of Public Health's order requires the use of masks or face coverings in Marin County. Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Specifically, the order states that people must wear face coverings when:

  • Inside public spaces or waiting in line to enter public spaces
  • Getting health care
  • Waiting for or riding on public transit or other shared transportation
  • In common areas of buildings, such as hallways, stairways, elevators and parking facilities.
  • At work, when near others or moving through common areas

Individuals are excepted from wearing a mask when:

  • In a car alone or solely with members of their own household.
  • Working in an office or in a room alone.
  • Actively eating or drinking. You should maintain a distance of at least six feet from those not in your household.
  • Outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance from others not in their household. You must have a face covering with you at all times and must put it on if you are within 6 feet of others who are not in your household.
  • Getting a service to the nose or face for which temporary removal of the mask is necessary.
  • Your job requires you to wear respiratory protection.
  • You are specifically exempted from wearing face coverings by industry specific guidance.

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings at all times:

  • Children younger than two years old, because they risk suffocation.
  • Those with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes:
    • Rare medical conditions for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing.
    • Being unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
  • Those who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired. In these cases, the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Those for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work.

People who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving their final COVID-19 shot), are exempt from wearing masks outdoors, except in crowded areas, such as a concert, sporting event, or parade.

Read the official mask guidance from the California Department of Public Health.  Use of face coverings is not a substitute for practice physical distancing by staying 6 feet away from others, staying home as much as possible, and washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Resources and Information About Masks & Face Coverings


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

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. 



See all Public Health OrdersFrequently Asked Questions

This page provides an overview of some of the public health orders currently in place for Marin County. Please see all public health orders to review all current orders, including those focused on medical care, healthcare facility operations and other aspects of the COVID-19 response in Marin County.