April 29, 2020 Invitation from Supervisor Connolly

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Dear Friends,

Our collective efforts to ‘flatten the curve’ have brought us to the next step forward in our recovery. After over a month of patiently following public health guidance, a road map for this next stage has been released. Effective May 4th, and continuing through May, the extended Shelter In Place Order allows for some easing of restrictions, while ensuring customer and employee protections are in place to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

Construction projects will be allowed to resume, as will real estate transactions, with restrictions. Certain outdoor businesses can also begin operating again, including wholesale and retail nurseries, landscapers, gardeners, and other businesses that primarily provide outdoor services as set forth in the Order. Outdoor businesses do not include restaurants, cafes or bars, regardless of outdoor seating. The Order also includes new guidance on childcare programs.

“The number of activities we can engage in -- while the general rule is we are remaining sheltered at home -- will increase slowly and sequentially over time. The number of businesses that may come back online, and when, is based on the ability for them to conduct business safely for both customers and employees,” said Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis. The economic and public health needs of businesses and community members will be addressed together by Marin Recovers Industry Advisors. This will be a collaboration of health care leaders, industry, and government. The focus will switch from what is “essential” to what is responsible by considering COVID-19 transmission risk factors.

Many of you are asking me, “Why are the restrictions continuing when our infection rates are flattening?” The answer is not easy or concise. During the Board meeting yesterday, we heard from our Public Health Officer and had a long dialogue. That Public Health update is here. Listening to the Public Health update will provide context on what the County can and cannot do given the ongoing state order, and indicators that will determine how quickly we can move on the path forward. The eased restrictions are a result of your collective action to Shelter In Place. The continued restrictions are based on our knowledge that there is still community transmission of the virus.

You can learn more about the Shelter in Place extension, and the changes, in the news release here and watch Dr. Willis’ video update here. The Order itself can be found here.

Office Hours

There’s a lot happening, keeping you up to date is very important to me, that’s why I'm bringing my office hours online. Benita McLarin, HHS Director, and Max Korten, Director of Parks and Open Space are going to join us tomorrow at 4:30pm to give an update and answer questions.

Join me at 4:30pm, Thursday, April 30th by following this link. If you would like to submit questions ahead of time, please email them to my aide Gustavo at ggoncalves@marincounty.org.

Office Hours: Damon Connolly
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Community Conversation

Public Health is hosting a 'Community Conversation' tonight at 6:30pm online and on Comcast channel 27. There will be an update on the Shelter In Place Order, and an in-depth conversation about how we are protecting our vulnerable populations. 

Community Conversations


Eviction Moratorium

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors voted to revise the County's eviction moratorium order to provide tenants additional time to repay back rent. The COVID-19 related eviction prohibition runs through May 31 and renters have up to 90 days from the end of this resolution to repay rent owed.  The Board sought to strike a balance to prevent the displacement of renters and ensure small landlords can continue to operate. You can read about the Moratorium from the Marin IJ here and review the entire ordinance here.

Face Covering

The Public Health Order regarding face coverings does not have an end date and remains active. 

My Mask Your Mask




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