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On Tuesday March 31, the County of Marin Public Heath Officer released 2 new Public Health Orders. The first new order supersedes the March 16 Order of the Health Officer directing all individuals to shelter in place. This new order strengthens and clarifies the prior order, and extends the shelter in place requirement to May 3, 2020.
The second new order is specifically related to Parks, Campgrounds and Open Space, and supersedes a similar order issued on March 24, 2020. Like the new Shelter in Place Order described above, this new order related to parks strengthens, clarifies and extends certain terms of the prior order.
Full copies of the new orders can be found at the following links:
Parks, Campgrounds and Open Space Order
The changes to the Shelter in Place Order are significant, and the County has provided the following Executive Summary to help residents understand how it may affect them. Please take the time to read this information carefully.
On March 16, 2020, the County Health Officer issued an order limiting activity, travel, and business functions to the most essential needs. We refer to that order as the “Prior Shelter Order.” This new Order replaces the Prior Shelter Order.
When Does this Order Take Effect? When Does it End?
As of 11:59 pm on March 31, 2020, all individuals in the County must strictly follow the provisions in this new Order. This new Order will be in effect until May 3, 2020, but that date could be changed by the County Health Officer.
Why this New Order?
The COVID-19 public health crisis in the County, the region, and the nation has worsened significantly over the past two weeks. Confirmed cases in the six most populous Bay Area counties have increased more than eight-fold since the Prior Shelter Order. The number of confirmed cases increased from 258 to 2,092 cases between March 15, 2020 and March 29, 2020. The number of confirmed deaths rose from 3 to 51 in this same period. While the Prior Shelter Order has been effective in reducing the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 disease (“flattening the curve”), it is not enough.
The County Health Officer has determined that more and stricter social distancing is needed to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed, and that we need to continue with these social distancing measures for a longer period of time.
What are the Major Changes this New Order (March 31, 2020) Makes to the County Health Officer’s Prior Shelter Order Issued on March 16?
The new Order extends the shelter in place requirements until 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020.
The new Order is also more restrictive in a number of ways. Major new restrictions include:
The new Order also makes important clarifications. Major clarifications include:
For a complete list of significant changes, see the "Detailed Summary of Changes."
Detailed Summary of Changes – New Shelter Order Issued on March 31, 2020
I Want More Detail. What Does this Order Change or Clarify?
The Order strengthens, extends, and clarifies the restrictions in the Prior Shelter Order. It also adds critical new restrictions. Here is a complete list of significant changes and clarifications. See the Order and the FAQs for additional details:
Social Distancing Requirements: