The State of California has announced that Marin County will be moving from “red” to “orange” status in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, effective Wednesday, March 24.
The move from tier 2 or “substantial risk” status to the less restrictive tier 3 or “moderate risk” level is based on consecutive weeks of progress in Marin’s coronavirus case statistics.
The primary changes allowed under the state order as Marin moves into tier 3:
- Retail & grocery stores: can expand indoor capacity to 100%.
- Restaurants – indoor dining: can expand indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people (whichever is fewer).
- Museums & movie theaters: can expand indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people (whichever is fewer).
- Houses of worship: can expand indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people (whichever is fewer).
- Weddings/funerals: can expand indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people (whichever is fewer).
- Family recreation / entertainment facilities: can expand indoor capacity to 25%.
- Gyms & fitness studios: can expand indoor capacity to 25% and reopen indoor pools.
- Breweries/wineries that do not serve food: can expand indoor capacity to 25% or 100 people (whichever is fewer).
- Bars that do not serve food: can operate outdoors only.
- Non-essential offices may reopen (but working remotely is still encouraged).
- Higher education: can expand indoor capacity to 50% for indoor lectures.
Marin joins Santa Clara and San Francisco as Bay Area counties moving to tier 3 this week. San Mateo County achieved orange status on March 17.
While case rates have continued to improve over the past month, public health officials caution residents that more work is needed to achieve the next milestone.
“The next four weeks are pivotal for us,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin’s Public Health Officer. “We saw an uptick in cases last week and with variant cases increasing, we don’t want to drop the ball before we reach the goal line. Letting our guard down puts us at risk of slipping backward. While pandemic fatigue is real, we must stay the course to help Marin reach tier 4.”
Marin Public Health recommends mask wearing, physical distancing, and frequent hand washing when in public, and to considering testing prior to, and quarantining after, travel outside of the Bay Area. 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 Marin Public Health’s testing webpage for a list of locations.
Meanwhile, vaccinations continue throughout the county. Nearly 48% of Marin residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. See Marin Public Health’s vaccination webpage for the latest information.