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COVID-19 Status Update for 09/25/2020

The status update for September 25, 2020 includes guidelines for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations; updated COVID-19 data, updates on Woodward Fire, Red Flag Warnings and Hot Weather for weekend, and PSPS preparedness… Read More

Health Orders in effect for Marin County

Shelter-In-Place / Stay-at-Home Order

A Shelter-In-Place Order is in place for Marin County until further notice.

What this means is that we all still 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 current Stay-At-Home Order
Marin Recovers: An Effort to Reopen Our Economy - Safely.

While we continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we are working to reopen our economy in a measured and safe way over time. The measured easing of some restrictions noted above is designed to set the stage for a gradual return of activity and while preventing rapid, exponential growth of new COVID-19 cases that could overwhelm hospitals.  Above, you will find information on the types of business activities that are currently permitted, and those that will be permitted soon. We of course encourage the community to support our local businesses - while also taking great care to limit interactions with others to the extent possible. Let's all commit ourselves to considering whether that extra trip to the grocery store, for restaurant take-out or curbside retail pick-up, or to the beach on a sunny weekend is truly necessary and in the best interest of our health and the well-being of others.

Business Guidelines For Reopening Under the Shelter-In-Place Order. provides reopening and recovery information for both businesses and residents.  As new reopening guidelines 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 during the current Shelter-In-Place order.


Facial Covering (Mask) Requirement

Currently, two public health orders require the use of masks or face coverings in Marin County:  (1) Marin County Public Health order of April 22, and (2) a Statewide mask order of June 18. 

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
  • Outdoors, if you can’t stay 6 feet away from others

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


Vehicle Based Gatherings 

Vehicle Based Gathering Order 

Vehicle-based gatherings and drive-thru events for any purpose, including drive-in theaters, drive-thru ceremonies, and vehicle-based ceremonies, are allowed, subject to the following limitations in addition to those required elsewhere in the Order:  

Appendix C-2: Allowed Additional Activities Vehicle-based gatherings and drive-thru events have low-contact intensity because people of the same household must remain in their vehicles, except for narrow exceptions. Risks associated with the use of these facilities can be substantially mitigated through measures that provide for adequate social distancing and limit intermixing between households.


Short-Term Rental / Lodging Restrictions

On August 24, Marin County Public Health revised Appendix C-1 under the public health order and allowed short-term lodging facilities in Marin County to operate, consistent with State and local guidelines. Short-term lodging facilities are defined as vacation rentals, short-term rentals, timeshares, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and other lodging facilities rented for 30 days or less.

The enactment of Appendix C-1 on August 24 rescinds the May 29, 2020 Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Continuing Restrictions on the Use of Short-Term Lodging Facilities.  Hotels and Short-Term Lodging may operate, subject to and in strict compliance with the Industry-Specific Guidance of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Regarding Required Best Practices for Hotels, Lodging, and Short-Term Rentals.  



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.