Coronavirus Update – Shelter-at-Home lifted for Marin County 1/25/2021

San Rafael, CA – The surge in COVID-19 across the Bay Area is showing signs of slowing, leading the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to lift the regional stay-home order for the Bay Area and statewide, effective immediately.

CDPH conducts forecasts to predict increased regional intensive care unit (ICU) bed availability across the state. New projections from the show the Bay Area’s ICU capacity above 15% four weeks from now, meeting the criteria to exit the regional stay-home order. All 11 counties in the Bay Area, including Marin, will move into the purple Tier 1 within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

On December 3, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced tighter restrictions for regions where less than 15% of ICU beds were available. On December 16, the Bay Area region’s available ICU capacity slipped below the 15% threshold, triggering the state-mandated order for 11 Bay Area counties on December 17.

“Everyone has been making sacrifices to bring this surge under control, and it’s paying off,” said Dr Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “As we move back into the purple tier, it’s critical to remember the virus is still very active in our community. We could easily backslide if we let our guard down.”

Willis said face covering, physical distancing, frequent testing, and avoiding indoor gatherings are the best ways to prevent another surge.  By switching to Tier 1, the following businesses and activities can proceed in Marin County:

Allowed to operate indoors:

  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal services (nail salons, estheticians, massage studios, tattoo parlors, piercing shops)
  • Limited services (carwashes, dry cleaners, electricians, handypersons/general contractors, heating and air conditioning services, landscapers, laundromats, pet groomers, plumbing services, janitorial/cleaning services)
  • Hotels, motels and short-term lodging
  • Retail stores and malls, at 25% capacity
  • Libraries, at 25% capacity

Allowed to operate outdoors:

  • Restaurants (outdoor dining)
  • Places of worship
  • Cultural ceremonies
  • Gyms and fitness/dance/yoga studios
  • Drive-in movie theaters
  • Farmers markets
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Day camps
  • Wineries
  • Card rooms
  • Campgrounds and playgrounds
  • Youth and adult recreational athletics (outdoor physical conditioning and practice permitted with six feet of physical distancing from others. No scrimmages, games or tournaments)
  • Small private gatherings
    • Masks and physical distancing required
    • No more than three separate households attend (including the host’s)
    • Gatherings should be two hours or less
    • Those with symptoms must not attend
    • Those at high risk of severe illness strongly encouraged not to attend
    • Singing, shouting, chanting, cheering, or exercising strongly discouraged

A full list of changes to business sector guidelines will be updated to the Marin Recovers website soon. All open businesses must have completed a COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan. Guidance for the plan also is found on the Marin Recovers website.

Shelter in Place Order 16 March 2020 Document.

Over the past few weeks, it’s been clear the world is facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you we are concerned and want to do what we can to keep our community and families safe and healthy. On March 12th the Board of Directors voted to suspend any and all non-essential activities at the District office and community center until further notice. We will continue to update this site for any changes. Below please find resource links for further information.

County of Marin Health Department https://www.marinhhs.org/coronavirus
County of Marin Press Release March 09, 2020

World Health Organization https://www.who.int/
Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/

Should you have a questions for our waterways manager please email Adrian at A.Cormier@foth.com

For questions for CSD staff please find their emails below
District Manager: ncamargo@bmkcsd.us
Administrative Assistant: Admin@bmkcsd.us

You could also call and leave a message for the staff at (415) 883-4222.

We thank you in advance for your understanding.