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For Immediate Release
May 04, 2020

Find a Path Back to Normalcy on

Recovery process outlined with content from local municipalities and experts

San Rafael, CA – Marin County is working with local industry advisory groups, comprised of subject matter experts from various fields, who will provide recommendations about how an industry – from retail to recreation to rental properties – could reopen in compliance with COVID-19 public health orders.

Artistic graphic shows seven people in a semicircle with arms around each others' shoulders with words saying Marin County Phases of Recovery, www Marin Recovers dot org
In addition to industry feedback, residents have access to a new online resource that provides step-by-step guidance on the gradual return to normalcy. The website,, connects Marin County residents, business owners, community leaders, and public health professionals to collaborate on reopening the economy and community in a safe manner.

A public comment form allows individuals to provide feedback to advisory groups who are leading the campaign. Group members will work within that industry to educate the community, updating content on and successfully implementing the plans.

There are three stages in the reopening of the local economy and relaxing of sheltering orders. They are:

  • Slow the Spread
  • Sequential Reopening Under the Stay-at-Home Order
  • End of the Stay-at-Home Order

“A measured re-opening process will require unprecedented collaboration of leaders from health care, industry, and government,” said Angela Nicholson, Assistant County Administrator. “Through, a progressive outline will be shared that promotes timely coordination, real-time data monitoring, and a common path forward.”

Each stage of recovery has criteria that must be met before moving to the next phase to continue the successful mitigation of COVID-19 while building the infrastructure needed to move forward. To reach the final stage, enough immunity must be present in the community through natural immunity or immunization to allow unrestricted activity across all domains. Given COVID-19’s prevalence with no immunization in existence, it will take time to achieve that stage.

Modeled after, developed after the North Bay Wildfires of 2017, the Marin website was a collaboration between personnel from the County and the towns and cities across the county. It was developed and staged several years ago to serve as a countywide resource in the aftermath of an emergency. Dormant and in waiting the past few years, the site has been refreshed the past few weeks with helpful recovery-focused material about the coronavirus pandemic, including resources for both businesses and individuals. Each municipality in Marin will contribute content for so there is one unified recovery resource for all Marin residents.  

The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services’ coronavirus website will still remain the authority for local COVID-19 case data and medical information.

“Collaboration across agencies during this time is critical and we were honored to help stand this mobile-responsive site up,” said Rebecca Woodbury, Director of Digital Service & Open Government for the City of San Rafael. “We hope this serves as a resource to the Marin community as we all navigate the reopening process together.”

Watch the introductory video about Download a PDF of the Marin County COVID-19 Recovery Plan in English or Español.


Angela Nicholson
Assistant County Administrator
County Administrator's Office

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 325
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-4396
Email: Angela Nicholson
County Administrator website