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. Marin County announced the change in a January 25 news release.
“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
Gyms and fitness/dance/yoga studios
Drive-in movie theaters
Family entertainment centers
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 are still required. No more than three separate households (including the host’s) should gather together. Gatherings should be two hours or less. Those with symptoms or who are at high risk of severe illness are strongly encouraged not to attend. Singing, shouting, chanting, cheering, or exercising in groups is strongly discouraged.
A full list of changes to business sector guidelines will be updated to the Marin Recovers website soon.