County of Marin - News Releases - Business Reopenings

For Immediate Release
June 19, 2020

Guidance Now Available for June 29 Phase of Reopenings

Indoor dining, hair & nail salons, gyms, and short-term lodging among list allowed to reopen

JUNE 26 UPDATE: Marin County Public Health has delayed some June 29 reopenings mentioned in this release.

San Rafael, CA -  More indoor -based businesses in Marin County, including gyms and fitness studios, hair salons and barber shops, nail salons, hotels and short-term lodging facilities, and indoor seating at restaurants will be allowed to proceed effective June 29.

On June 19, the Marin Recovers Industry Advisors released new guidelines for business operators to implement to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Guidance for all industries allowed to proceed beginning June 29 is available on the “Guidelines for Reopening” page of

In addition, outdoor businesses and activities that may proceed June 29 include campgrounds and RV parks, use of picnic areas, and outdoor-based vehicle gatherings guidance such as drive-in movies and other related events.  Guidelines for those businesses and activities will be posted to the week of June 22.

Businesses and organizations preparing to reopen in Marin County must complete a Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP) to define the  business will reopen in a safe and clean manner for patrons and employees. A SPP plan template is available on to guide businesses through the planning process. The template combines state-level guidance published in the California State Resilience Roadmap and local Marin County public health policies, including the current shelter in place order and facial covering requirement.

Another addition to is an interactive map for Marin restaurants to indicate their service status. Built by the City of San Rafael, a restaurant can add their status to the map once they complete a reopening SPP. Restaurant patrons can sort the map by take-out or curbside pick-up, delivery, outdoor dining, minority owned, and starting June 29, those restaurants available for indoor dining.

An overview of business sector reopenings is available on Businesses and activities are allowed to proceed under the current shelter-in-place order through amendments to the allowable business and allowable activity appendices.

Marin Public Health also announced on June 19 the concept of Social Bubbles, effective June 22. A social bubble is a stable group of 12 people or less who have collectively agreed to limit their in-person social activities to only each other for at least three weeks. Individuals belong to only one social bubble at a time, except for children who may belong to a second bubble related to a childcare or camp environment.  While social bubbles allow more people to come together in a strict group, each member is still strongly encouraged to practice protective measures such as physical distancing and wearing face coverings.

The Marin County Public Health staff is constantly monitoring public indicators of COVID-19 to inform future business reopening phases. As the State of California allows for higher-risk activities, Public Health works with industry leaders to develop reopening guidelines that consider the latest COVID-19 activity and special considerations for Marin’s more vulnerable populations.

More Information About Businesses Reopening: 

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


Max Korten
Marin County Parks

Marin Civic Center
Suite 260
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 342-5914
Email: Max Korten