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Posted on: November 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Effective 11/17: new restrictions to stem COVID-19 surge

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The following information has been shared from the County's recent press release which can be found in the County Newsroom Page. This information was shared in the Corte Madera Chronicles and is being re-shared individually so that you may easily pass this information along. 

With COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations on the rise across the region, Bay Area health officers are tightening local rules for higher-risk indoor activities where the virus can spread more easily.

In Marin County, case rates have nearly doubled in the past 10 days and continue to rise, prompting Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis to issue an order to tighten restrictions to limit further spread of the virus. Under the order, the following industries should reduce operations to match “red” Tier 2 allowances within the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, effective Tuesday, November 17:

  • Retail / malls – reduce capacity to 50%
  • Libraries – reduce capacity to 50%
  • Museums – reduce capacity to 25%
  • Places of worship – reduce capacity to 25% or 100 people (whichever is fewer)
  • Gyms and fitness centers – reduce capacity to 10%
  • Wineries – operate outdoor only
  • Family entertainment centers – operate outdoor only
  • Cardrooms – operate outdoor only
  • Indoor pools – close
  • Bars and breweries (with no meal option) – close

In addition, the county will be joining counties across the region to close all indoor dining operations, including:

  • Indoor dining at restaurants
  • Indoor movie theater concessions
  • Indoor food courts

Marin and Bay Area jurisdictions, in addition to the State of California, have issued recommendations for holiday travel and gatherings. Holiday travel is considered non-essential and should be avoided. Gatherings should be kept small, short, and outside to the extent possible. Marin County Public Health’s guidance for holiday travel and gatherings, in addition a list of safe alternatives for holiday celebrations, can be found at Marin County Public Health urges residents to play it safe during holiday travel and gatherings, and doctors said strong consideration should be given to COVID-19 testing as well.

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