County of Marin District 5 Newsletter Update: COVID-19 Updates & Reopenings

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COVID-19 is challenging every aspect of our community and continues to do so. Together we are rising to the challenge. My thanks to you for your diligence, patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times. I want to share a few updates with you.   


Business Openings June 29 -- Some Postponed  

The following much anticipated business sectors will be allowed to open in Marin on June 29: indoor dininghair salons and barbershops; campgrounds and RV parkspicnic and barbecue areas; and outdoor vehicle-based gatherings. 


A spike in coronavirus cases locally has led the Public Health Director to delay some of the previously planned June 29 openings in Marin, including: hotels, motels and short term rentals; gyms and fitness studios; and other personal services (body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, electrology services, estheticians, skin care and cosmetology services, non-medical massage services, and nail salons).   


On June 25, Marin recorded 54 new cases, the highest number in any one day thus far in Marin’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This corresponds to record-high numbers of people hospitalized, at 12, and in intensive care, at five. Recent spikes in cases have been observed across the State of California, and local counties, such as San Francisco and Contra Costa, have also announced delays in business reopening plans due to regional surges in cases. 


As we move forward with additional openings, it is more important than ever that we remain diligent with our personal responsibility to help slow the spread of COVID-19: wear face coverings, practice social distancing and continue to wash our hands. For more information about the importance of wearing face coverings, here is a great video message from our Public Health Director.   


Variance Granted by State  

The State of California has granted Marin County a variance that allows more local control over when some activities restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic may resume. The variance allows Marin County to move ahead with opening the economy at a pace that is appropriate for local conditions, including some of the openings planned for June 29. It is important to note that even with the variance, there are still several business sectors and activities the State will not allow counties to open. 


Social Bubbles  

Marin has adopted the Social Bubble concept recognizing that -- after 100 days in the Shelter In Place environment -- individuals have a strong desire to socialize in-person with neighbors, extended family and friends. A social bubble is a stable group of 12 people or less who have collectively agreed to limit their in-person social activities to only each other for at least three weeks. Individuals belong to only one social bubble at a time, except for children who may belong to a second bubble related to a childcare or camp environment. The social bubble model provides guidelines to safely reconnect while COVID-19 continues to exist in our community. To learn more, view the flyer and the video “Why Social Bubbles?. 


New Coronavirus Website  

Marin Public Health unveiled a new look to our COVID-19 website. The site is now more user-friendly and the homepage has been overhauled to showcase some of the most popular content on the site, including: data for cases, hospitalizations and number of people recovered in Marin; testing information; face covering guidance; and frequently asked questions.   



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Have questions?      

     ~Call the COVID-19 Information Line at (415) 473-7191 (CA Relay Service Dial 711)