Stay Home Order
UPDATE: The State's Regional Stay Home Order is in place for Marin County until further notice.
Due to dwindling ICU capacity across the Bay Area region, the State of California will implement its Regional Stay Home Order beginning at December 17, at 11:59pm.
Under the Stay Home order, all gatherings with members of other households are prohibited, except as expressly permitted in the CDPH Regional Stay Home Order. The Stay Home Order temporarily supersedes Marin County's Risk Reduction order, which means gatherings previously allowed under the three-household and social bubble guidance are prohibited while the Stay Home order is active.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) confirmed the Bay Area stay-home order will remain in place for now, until available ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15%. The announcement made on January 9th did not give any indication of a possible end date. However, CDPH’s news release did indicate that officials plan to “assess the region's ICU projections in the coming days and announce a formal decision on whether Bay Area meets criteria to exit the order.”
For details on which activities and business services allowed in Marin County while this order is in effect, please refer to the State of California's "Regional Stay Home Order" webpage.
Documents and Resources Related to the Stay-Home Order:
- CDPH Stay-Home Order (December 3)
- CDPH Supplemental Additions to the Stay-Home Order (December 6)
- CDPH Stay-Home Order Overview and FAQs
- CDPH's Definition of "Essential Workforce"
- Additional Businesses Permitted to Operate (Appendix C-1, as of Dec. 22)
- Press Releases (State)
Risk Reduction Order
⚠️ The Risk Reduction Order is temporarily superseded by the Stay-Home Order, through at least January 7, 2021. The guidance below will only resume once the Stay-Home Order expires or is rescinded.
On October 27, Marin Public Health replaced the previous "Shelter In Place" order with a countywide "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.
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
- Read the Full Risk Reduction Order
- Appendix A – Site Specific Protection Plan for Re-opening Businesses Fillable PDF: (English) (Spanish) (Vietnamese)
- Appendix B-1 - Small Construction Project Safety Protocol
- Appendix B-2 - Large Construction Project Safety Protocol
- Appendix C-1 – Additional businesses permitted to operate (updated December 22)
- Appendix C-2 – Allowed additional activities (updated October 27)
Business Guidelines For Operating Under the Stay-Home Order, the Risk Reduction Order & Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
MarinRecovers.com 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 MarinRecovers.com. 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
Current health orders mandate face masks be worn at all times when outside of the home, with few exceptions.
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
- Face Coverings and Masks Information & Resource Page
- Marin Public Health Order requiring Face Coverings
- State of California Guidance for 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.
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.