For Immediate ReleaseMarch 09, 2020
Public Health Officer’s guidelines address large, non-essential indoor gatherings
San Rafael, CA – Out of an abundance of caution, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is recommending the cancellation or postponement of nonessential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people to prevent the spread of COVID-19, commonly called the novel coronavirus. This recommendation is in place for two weeks and will be re-evaluated as new information becomes available.
Marin HHS’ Public Health Division is not making the same recommendation for outdoor events at this time because the risk for transmission outdoors is low.
“We recognize that gathering together is vital for community well-being, and we do not take these steps lightly,” Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis said. “With increased transmission of COVID-19 regionally, we have to prioritize health first. We will reevaluate our recommendations as the situation unfolds here in Marin.”
Event organizers should consider the California Department of Public Health guidelines if they choose to move forward with an event. In addition, organizers should:
“While Marin has not seen evidence of community transmission, Marin is a popular destination for community events and activities,” Willis said. “These guidelines are in response to increased COVID-19 activity across the region.”
Marin HHS announced the first local case of COVID-19 on March 9, the same day it launched a hotline service (415-473-7191) to answer public questions about the disease.
The best way to reduce the risk of becoming infected with a respiratory virus, whether the flu or COVID-19, is to practice good hygiene
Visit the official Marin County coronavirus webpage to review answers to frequently asked questions or subscribe to receive email updates. Individuals can contact Marin HHS with nonmedical questions about the coronavirus by emailing or calling 415-473-7191 weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and noon and 1-5 p.m.
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Matthew WillisMarin HHS website