Marin graduates to the Tier 2 (red) effective Wednesday 2-24

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Marin Graduates to the Tier 2 (red) COVID-19 Status 


Great news - the State announced today that Marin County will move from Tier 1 (purple) to Tier 2 (red) status in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy effective tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24.   


The move from Tier 1 status to the less restrictive Tier 2 level is based on consecutive weeks of progress in Marin’s COVID-19 case statistics.  


The California Department of Public Health assigns each county to a tier on a weekly basis based on: the total number of new cases, the percent of new cases among those tested and a health equity metric. For Marin, the move to Tier 2 is because of a low percentage of positive tests among residents of low-income communities. Areas once stricken with outbreaks – including San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood and portions of Novato – are seeing decreases in COVID-19 cases. 


The primary changes allowed under the state order as Marin moves into Tier 2: 


  • Retail establishments can expand indoor capacity to 50% 
  • Indoor malls can expand indoor capacity to 50% (food courts must remain closed) 
  • Gyms and fitness studios (including yoga and dance studios) are allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity 
  • Restaurants are allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. 
  • Museums are allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity 
  • Movie theaters are allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer 
  • Cultural ceremonies, including weddings and funerals, are allowed indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer (churches and houses of worship maintain 25% indoor capacity) 


The transition to Tier 2 means any Marin school that has not yet reopened to some form of in-person instruction will be eligible to make that transition beginning Monday, March 1. Once eligible, the reopening pace and scope of a school is at the discretion of school officials.  


Changes to business sector guidelines are available on the Marin Recovers website and the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy website 


In August 2020, the state introduced its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, four-tier framework by which counties are measured for loosening and tightening restrictions on social activities and business operations. Sectors of business can progressively open more operations with moves up the list toward the final stage, Tier 4. A county must spend at least 21 days in any tier before advancing to a less restrictive one. As Marin experienced, counties have to tighten back up if conditions worsen.  


Free, same day COVID-19 testing is available across the county, and anyone who comes into frequent contact with members of the public should consider getting tested at least once a month. See Public Health’s testing webpage for a list of testing locations.  


Meanwhile, vaccinations continue throughout the county. Nearly 20% of Marin residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. See Public Health’s vaccination webpage for the latest information. 


Follow the latest COVID-19 surveillance figures in Marin on the Marin HHS website. Register online to receive a daily COVID-19 update from Marin HHS. 


Your efforts to wear a mask and social distance are making a difference. As our economy opens up, it is a great opportunity to support Marin businesses. Please continue to do so in a safe and healthy manner.