New Stay Home Order in Effect December 8

Supervisor Katie Rice 

December 4, 2020

New Stay Home Order to go into effect December 8


Governor Newsom has issued new public health orders including a Regional Stay Home Order which is based on a region’s hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) status. Currently, the Bay Area region has an available ICU capacity of 25.4 percent. But given case rates and hospitalization trends around the Bay, the region is on track to reach the 15 percent threshold by mid-December.

The Health Officers for the Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Santa Clara Counties as well as the City of Berkeley have decided to jointly implement the State’s Regional Stay Home Order in advance of hitting the 15% threshold. All members of this coalition will trigger the new order on Sunday, December 6. Marin County will delay until Tuesday, December 8. The new restrictions will remain in place for at least three weeks.

The new order requires residents to stay at home as much as possible and to minimize mixing with other households. It allows residents to take care of important things like doctors’ visits, grocery shopping, as well as dining out via pick-up/take out. Retail establishments can continue to stay open but are limited to 20% capacity. Residents can take advantage of our parks and open space for walks, hikes, bike rides, gather for worship (or protest) as long as outdoors and with masks and distancing. Also, K-12 schools that are already open can remain open. To read the state order click here or go to

While the various COVID related restrictions to date have generally worked to keep the virus in check, they have had a devastating impact on many of our local businesses and restaurants. Please help them get through this period of tightened restrictions and the holiday season by making the extra effort to do the local dining out (through take-out or delivery) and local shopping for gifts - make a purchase online, get a gift certificate for use at a later date or make a safe and socially spaced instore visit. Our local merchants rely on a strong holiday season to keep their doors open year-round. This year more so than ever.

Here’s the detail on the new order: Beginning at noon Tuesday, December 8, the following sectors in Marin County must close:

  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications (in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing):

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only, without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels, motels, short-term rentals, other lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for takeout, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote use only, except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Gyms: Indoor operations must close.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

The following sectors can remain open when a remote option is not possible. Those that remain open must have appropriate infectious disease preventative measures in place, including 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Critical infrastructure
  • Schools
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Childcare and pre-kindergarten

“We recognize that public health is about community well-being and that includes the economic health of the community,” Willis said. “And as we take this step, we want to remind people to find ways to support their local businesses in a safe way, doing it from home as much as possible, but utilizing the online or curb-side pick-up options that our local stores may offer.” 

See the sector closures and restrictions on activity under the State’s Regional Stay-Home Order. You can also read today’s County press release. will be updated by Tuesday, December 8, to reflect the new restrictions.


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