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For Immediate Release
July 02, 2020

Health Officers: Stay Home, Stay Safe on Fourth of July

Virus can be passed along before symptoms appear, and even if they never develop

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly in many Bay Area neighborhoods, health officials across the region urge residents to protect themselves and the community by celebrating from home this holiday weekend.

The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for firework displays, cookouts and parades, but this year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many communities to cancel public events. Gatherings with others from outside your household, such as members of the extended family, are potentially risky.

Health officers from across the greater Bay Area, speaking in unison as the Association of Bay Area Health Officials, say staying home this year is a healthy choice.

“We know people have an urge to get outside and gather among friends, especially on Independence Day,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, Deputy Public Health Officer for Marin. “But the more we come together in groups, the more COVID-19 spreads in the community.”

You can spread COVID-19 even if you don’t feel that sick. You can pass the disease to someone else before you have symptoms, and even if you never develop any symptoms at all. When people who have contracted the infection come in contact with high-risk people, there can be deadly consequences.

That is why Bay Area health officers recommend people who are not members of the same household remain physically distant. The best ways to protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Continuing to stay home as much as possible
  • Practicing physical distancing outside the home
  • Wearing face coverings or masks when outside your home
  • Avoiding gatherings with people outside your immediate household
  • Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Staying home from work or school if you feel sick

“Just because you can does not mean it is safe or that you should rush to do it,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We encourage everyone to find creative opportunities to celebrate Independence Day in a safe way.”

Marin County Public Health recommends the following ideas for families to have a safe and fun holiday weekend:

  • Attend the Virtual Marin County Fair, July 1-5: Watch music, dance and acrobatic performances; share your art and favorite fair memories; and watch a virtual firework show at 9 p.m. on July 4. (Schedule) (Watch Performances)
  • Go camping in your own backyard: Set up a tent and enjoy a night under the stars 
  • Have a dance off: Light the night with glow sticks and dance to your favorite tunes 
  • Make a festive snack or craft: Enjoy a patriotic DIY project with the kids 
  • Watch a movie under the stars: Check YouTube to learn how to make a projector using your smart phone
  • Create a waterpark at home: Set up sprinklers and a splash pool filled with water balloons
  • Plan an online watch party: Enjoy a patriotic fireworks show online
  • Have a sports-a-thon: Plan a friendly competition with members of your household
  • Fly a kite: Add to the fun and build your own kite 
  • Go for a bike ride: Enjoy a bike ride around your neighborhood

All Bay Area residents are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, and to do so immediately if they have symptoms. Check with your local health department for more information about testing and about efforts in your community to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit coronavirus/


Laine Hendricks
Public Information Officer
County Administrator's Office

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