Some Shelter in Place restrictions eased Monday, May 18

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Some of Marin’s Shelter in Place restrictions will be eased on Monday, May 18 - thanks to the collective action our community has taken. Highlights of the changes are outlined below, but the full Order and further information is always available on the COVID-19 County webpage


As part of our Marin Recovers process, residents, business owners, community leaders and public health professionals continue to collaborate on reopening the economy and community in a safe and measured manner. Marin Recovers remains a centralized resource for Marin residents and business owners to access recovery information.  


As businesses are allowed to open, they will need to create and post a COVID-19 Site Specific Protection Plan to comply with state and local health policies. The plan will need to include accommodations for social distancing requirements, disinfectant protocols, and employee training for the new reopening conditions. For those looking to prepare in advance, details can be found at Marin Recovers.


Industry Specific Guidelines for businesses to reopen will be updated as they become available. We want every business owner to be well prepared to protect both employees and customers when they reopen. 


Curbside Retail and Manufacturing 


Starting Monday, May 18, the new Order allows for curbside pickup for retail stores and some manufacturing businesses to open.  


Retail stores may operate for curbside/outside pickup. Retail stores in an enclosed indoor shopping center that do not have direct access to adjacent sidewalk, street or alley area may not reopen at this time. Best practices and guidance for retail curbside pickup can be found on Marin Recovers Retail.


Some manufacturing and warehousing businesses are also allowed to operate. Details can be found in the Order. 


Parking Restrictions to Loosen at Some Marin Parks 


Starting Monday, May 18, you will be allowed to drive a vehicle to many County, City, and Town parks and trailheads – meaning you can park nearby, and enjoy a hike, like we enjoyed in pre-pandemic times (maintaining your best social distancing practices of course!). 


Certain portions of park facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, including playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, benches, picnic areas, dog parks, pools and barbeque areas – will remain closed. 


I encourage you to verify the status of a particular location and any restrictions that may still remain in place before visiting. For parks and open space locations operated by the County of Marin, visit the County Parks webpage. For those operated by other government agencies, visit the agency’s website accordingly for status updates.  


Although many trailheads in Marin will allow parking, coastal parks and locations that encourage congregating and are a regional draw for visitors, will remain closed to parking and motorized access. 


Facilities that remain closed to motorized access (except for those with state-issued disabled vehicle placards on display), include: 


  • Point Reyes National Seashore 
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Muir Woods) 
  • Mount Tamalpais State Park 
  • Tomales Bay State Park 
  • Samuel P Taylor State Park 
  • Chicken Ranch Beach (along Tomales Bay) 
  • Miller Park (along Tomales Bay) 
  • White House Pool Park in Point Reyes Station 
  • Bolinas Lagoon Open Space Preserve (including Bolinas County Park) 
  • all Marin Municipal Water District lands 
  • all beaches or inlets along the Pacific Ocean 


Residents who can access those locations by foot, on a bike, and without any sort of motorized assistance are welcome to responsibly visit them. Owners of vehicles parked near those facilities who do not have a disabled placard clearly displayed are considered in violation of sheltering orders and are susceptible to a parking fine. 




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