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County Postpones Some Reopenings Due to COVID-19 Increase

Post Date:06/26/2020 7:30 PM

Due to elevated COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates, Marin County Public Health has decided to postpone the reopening of some of the businesses and activities that had been slated to resume on Monday, June 29.

On June 25, Marin recorded 54 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number in any one day thus far in Marin's response to the pandemic. This corresponds to record-high numbers of people hospitalized, at 12, and in intensive care, at five. Recent spikes in cases have been observed throughout California, and local counties — such as San Francisco and Contra Costa — have also announced delays in business reopening plans due to surges in cases.

Compounding the spike within Marin residents is a large outbreak at San Quentin State Prison, with more than 500 infected inmates in the past two weeks. The transfer of critically ill inmates from that facility has created stress on local hospitals. Over 75 staff, some of whom live in Marin County, have also been infected. 

"Since the beginning of our reopening process in early May, Marin Public Health has committed to moving at a sequential rate, guided by local COVID-19 data and our progress indicators," said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin's public health officer. "We're seeing patterns we need to pay attention to. We're not closing anything down. We're just slowing the pace in response to the data."

The decision to delay some of the reopenings comes after careful deliberation of the current COVID-19 situation and weighing which businesses could move forward with minimal risk.

The businesses and activities that will now be allowed to resume on June 29 are listed below. Links provide details on the safety precautions that are required for reopening. The following businesses and activities had been scheduled to resume on June 29 but have now been postponed to a later date.
  • Hotels, Motels, Hospitality, Short Term Rentals
  • Body Art Professionals, Tattoo Parlors, Piercing Shops
  • Gyms and Fitness Studios
  • Electrology Services
  • Esthetician, Skin Care, and Cosmetology Services
  • Non-Medical Massage Services
  • Nail Salons
  • Sun Tanning Services
Other businesses and activities tentatively scheduled to resume sometime in July or August include higher education, limited indoor and outdoor gatherings, movie theaters, museums, team sports (without live audiences), wineries, and bars.

More information on the process for safely reopening Marin may be found on the Marin Recovers website.


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