DATE CORRECTION -New Shelter-In-Place Order, Updated Parks Closure & COVID-19 Resources

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The new stay-at-home order went into effect last night, March 31 at midnight, not May 31 as published in the e-blast I sent yesterday. The date has been corrected below. I apologize for any confusion.

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In conjunction with seven Bay Area counties, Marin has extended the Public Health Order for people to shelter-in-place in their homes until May 3. The new stay-at-home order goes into effect tonight, Tuesday, March 31, at midnight. 

In addition to the updated regional shelter-in-place order, Marin County Public Health issued an updated Park Closure Order that provides clarity on park and open space access in Marin County. In summary, the new order states that individuals may access parks and open space areas that are local to their homes and are easily accessible by foot, bicycle or other non-motorized means, strictly for the purposes of engaging in exercise, as defined by the updated shelter-in-place order. Driving to access parks or open space areas is prohibited, except for individuals with disabilities with vehicles possessing current and valid Disabled Person Parking Placards or License Plates. Above all, all visitors to any park location must continue to comply with social distancing requirements and are expected to stay local to the greatest extent possible.

I know this is a very stressful and difficult time. Thank you all for doing your part to adhere to the shelter-in-place order and for remaining vigilant with hand-washing and social distancing practices when out on essential outings. All of your efforts are critical to "flattening" the curve and protecting our health care system. 

I promise to do my best to share with you the information and resources available, but please know that things change rapidly. 

I encourage you to sign up to receive the Marin Health & Human Services Coronavirus daily email update for accurate and up-to-date information. Subscribe here.

Another great resource is the Marin Health & Human Services Coronavirus website, which has very helpful FAQs that are updated regularly. You can also direct questions to the COVID-19 Information Line at 415-473-7191 (CA Relay Service Dial 711). Phone calls are answered Monday-Friday, 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm. Questions can also be emailed to: COVID-19@marincounty.org

Below, I am sharing a few additional community resources that may be helpful to you and your loved ones. Please continue to take care of yourselves and stay safe and healthy. 

RESOURCES FOR OUR COMMUNITY DURING COVID-19

Eviction Moratorium:

On March 24, the Board of Supervisors approved an eviction moratorium through May 31. The eviction ban is an effort to protect residential and commercial tenants who, through no fault of their own, are facing a sudden loss of income due to COVID-19 and cannot afford their rent. One important piece to note is that this is not a rent forgiveness program. Tenants are expected to pay rent on time, or if unable to do so for COVID-19 related reasons, they must give notice and provide documentation to their landlord. Tenants are ultimately still responsible for paying their rent to the landlord. 

Rental Assistance: 

On March 24, the Board of Supervisors approved a Safety Net COVID-19 Response Fund. The Marin Community Foundation allocated $500,000 and the County matched that to create a $1 million fund to be allocated to community needs. On March 31, the Board of Supervisors authorized contracts with five non-profits to administer the rental assistance funds for low-income individuals. 

  • To find out more about emergency rental assistance, call the COVID-19 Information Line at 415-473-7191 (CA Relay Service Dial 711). Phone calls are answered Monday-Friday, 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm. 
  • If you are a Novato resident, you may contact North Marin Community Services directly. Complete the online Community Services Enrollment Form to determine eligibility. You can find that form here. 
  • Legal Aid of Marin has resources available for tenants as well. 

Older Adults/Disabled:

Information and assistance for older adults, persons with disabilities and family caregivers can be found by calling 415-457-4636. 

Resources for Small Businesses:

  • The Marin Small Business Development Center has a website full of resources. 
  • The Marin Economic Forum put together a list of resources for employers and employees.
  • The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled resource information for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

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