County Allows Additional Business Re-Openings Tomorrow
Marin County is cleared to take a significant step forward in reopening on September 8. Based on the most recent local coronavirus metrics, the State of California will be downgrading the risk level assigned to Marin from "widespread" to "substantial" which will allow more doors to open in businesses and schools. On August 28, the state introduced its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a four-tier framework by which counties are measured for loosening and tightening restrictions on social activities and business operations. Marin was placed in Tier 1, or purple status to notify “widespread” risk, with the most severe restrictions. Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis said Marin’s most recent figures of 5.9 cases per day and 3% positive COVID-19 test rate allowed the move into Tier 2, or red status for “substantial” risk.
Changes allowed under the state order as Marin moves into Tier 2, or red status:
- Retail establishments are allowed to open indoors at 50% capacity
- Personal care services are allowed to open indoors
- Museums are allowed to open indoors with 25% capacity
- Places of worship are allowed to open with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Gyms are allowed to open indoors with 10% capacity
- Restaurants are allowed to open indoors with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
A full list of changes to business sector guidelines will be updated on the Marin Recovers website soon. All open businesses must complete a COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan prior to reopening. Guidance for the plan is also found on the Marin Recovers website.