Marin Graduates to Tier 3 COVID-19 Status
For Immediate Release
October 27, 2020
Marin Graduates to Tier 3 COVID-19 Status
Steady progress against virus prompts new guidelines
San Rafael, CA – With its improving COVID-19 figures, Marin County is graduating from “red” to “orange” status within the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy[External], allowing some businesses to reopen for the first time, while others can expand their operating capacity, effective today.
The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was notified October 27 that the California Department of Public Health[External] (CDPH) is moving the county from Tier 2 or “substantial risk” status to the less restrictive Tier 3 or “moderate risk” level. Fewer daily cases, a reduction in the proportion of positive tests among those who are tested, and progress in addressing the County’s lowest-income communities factored in to the state’s determination. Marin’s high rate of testing combined with a measured approach to reopening has contributed to the orange status achievement.
Marin County Adjusted Case Rate per 100,000 > 7 4 to 7 1 to 3.9 < 1 2.6 Overall Test Positivity Rate > 8% 5% to 8% 2% to 4.9% < 2% 1.4% EquityQuartile Test Positivity Rate > 8.0% ≤ 8.0% ≤ 5.2% ≤ 2.1% 2.4%
The primary changes allowed under the state order as Marin moves into Tier 3:
- Allowed indoors at full capacity: retail establishments; indoor malls; libraries; office space (although continued telework is encouraged)
- Allowed indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people (whichever is fewer): restaurants; museums; places of worship; movie theaters
- Allowed indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people (whichever is fewer): gyms and fitness centers (and can utilize indoor pools); family entertainment centers; wineries; card rooms
- Allowed outdoors only: bars and breweries
A full list of changes to business sector guidelines will be updated to the Marin Recovers website[External]. All open businesses must complete a COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan[External] prior to reopening under Tier 3 restrictions. Guidance for the plan also is found on the Marin Recovers website.
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 initially placed in Tier 1, or purple status, and moved to Tier 2 on September 15 as its COVID-19 case figures improved. Sectors of business can progressively open more operations with moves up the list toward the final stage, Tier 4. A county must spend at least 21 days in any tier before advancing to a less restrictive one. As Marin experienced earlier this year, counties have to tighten back up if conditions worsen.
“We’ve all made sacrifices to get in front of this pandemic in Marin,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin’s Public Health Officer. “This progress is a sign of what we can do. But it way too early to let up. Just last week, Marin reached 100 COVID-19 deaths. It’s important to rethink the traditions to gather during the holidays, especially as flu season arrives. Our collective actions over the next few weeks will decide if we can retain this level of reopening.”
With the transition to Tier 3 status, Marin Public Health issued a new risk reduction order, which replaces the shelter-in-place order of May 15. The new order aligns Marin’s restrictions with current State of California public health orders and guidelines.
Please Wear a Mask when Visiting Sausalito
Help Keep Sausalito Safe for Residents and Visitors Alike
Here in Sausalito while the views are plenty, we have narrow streets and sidewalks, tiny hidden paths, shops and restaurants. It is our intention to keep all who visit and reside here safe especially during peak visitor season.
Californians are required1 to wear face coverings in high-risk settings as the state continues to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In the latest guidance, the Department of Public Health explained, “People will be required to wear masks or other coverings in public spaces, including while taking public transportation, seeking medical care, shopping and in most work scenarios.’
‘Children under 2 are exempted from the rules, as are people eating or drinking in restaurants provided they can maintain a minimum 6-foot distance from other customers and staff who are not members of the same household.”
Why wear a face covering? The use of face coverings by everyone can limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing, and/or sneezing, as well as reinforce physical distancing.
Governor Gavin Newsom explained in an interview with NPR2, "the most impactful thing we can do, short of going back to a stay-at-home order, is wearing face coverings when we can't practice physical distancing."
Please be courteous to fellow visitors and residents by wearing a face covering, and help prevent the spread of Covid-19 … when you Visit Sausalito!
—Kim Huff, Kimber Communications
Indoor Retail & Personal Cleaning Services
Indoor retail sales and personal cleaning services are allowed to proceed starting June 12 under the newest Marin County Public Health guidelines, provided that restrictions are in place to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The reopening of indoor retail follows the June 5 release of reopening guidelines for outdoor faith-based and cultural ceremonies, charter boats, dog parks, swimming pools, and a wider range of outdoor recreational businesses.
Indoor retail will be allowed if proprietors and store managers strictly limit patron assembly inside businesses and take all recommended public health precautions. This includes limiting occupancy to 50% capacity or less, upholding physical distancing and facial covering requirements, and installing protective screens where maintaining six feet of distance is not possible. Previously, the only indoor retail businesses allowed to operate were those deemed essential businesses, such as grocery stores.
Indoor cleaning services, such as housekeeping and janitorial services, are allowed to operate with limitations and conditions. Some examples of the limitations and conditions include:
- Cleaning of residential properties must take place when residents are not at home
- Commercial properties cannot have a tenant or member of the public present in the immediate office or space during cleaning
- Cleaning and janitorial services shall follow all applicable state and federal guidelines, including COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Limited Services and the safer cleaning methods set forth by the California Department of Public Health
Businesses and organizations preparing to reopen must also complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan to define how a business will reopen in a safe and clean manner for patrons and employees. The plan template combines state-level guidance published in the State of California Resilience Roadmap with Marin County public health orders.
Reopening GuidanceUnder the public health order guidelines issued June 5, outdoor religious and cultural services will be permitted for groups of less than 100 people. The guidance includes expectations for physical distancing, face covering, signage and seating guidance, restroom access, and sanitation procedures, among other requirements.Other activities and businesses allowed as of June 5 include charter boat operators, limited use of outdoor swimming pools and dog parks. In addition, guidelines for outdoor recreational businesses were expanded to include a wider definition of outdoor businesses and allow indoor recreational businesses to move outdoors with cooperation of local jurisdictions. Read More Here.Indoor Retail Opening June 12. See guidelines for reopening from the County of Marin.
Hand Sanitizer & Face Shields
First come, first serve. At the Bay Model there are still free face shields and free hand sanitizer for Sausalito businesses.
Please bring your own no larger than 10oz. bottle if you wish to take some free hand sanitizer. The Bay Model will be open for pickups Monday-Friday 9:00AM - 3:00PM.
New Health Order Requires Face Coverings
New Health Order Requires Face Coverings
Beginning April 22, nose and mouth should be covered when completing essential activities. In order to better protect residents from infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, Marin County Public Health has issued an order requiring that everyone wear facial coverings in certain settings. 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 new order (continue to read)