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San Rafael Update: Marin moves to Purple Tier 1

Posted on January 25, 2021

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Effective immediately, the State has lifted the Regional Stay-at-Home Order for the Bay Area, which includes Marin and 10 other counties. The release of the Order moves Marin back into the Widespread Purple Tier 1 status, which is the most restrictive tier in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  

The State will conduct Tier assessments on an as-needed basis when the most recent reliable data indicates immediate action is needed to address COVID-19 transmission in a county.  

The following businesses and activities can proceed in Marin County: 

Allowed to operate indoors: 

  • Hair salons and barbershops 
  • Personal services (nail salons, estheticians, massage studios, tattoo parlors, piercing shops) 
  • Limited services (carwashes, dry cleaners, electricians, handypersons/general contractors, heating and air conditioning services, landscapers, laundromats, pet groomers, plumbing services, janitorial/cleaning services) 
  • Hotels, motels and short-term lodging 
  • Retail stores and malls, at 25% capacity 
  • Libraries, at 25% capacity (as of now, the San Rafael Public Libraries will continue to offer Curbside Service only) 

Allowed to operate outdoors: 

  • Restaurants (outdoor dining) 
  • Places of worship 
  • Cultural ceremonies 
  • Gyms and fitness/dance/yoga studios 
  • Drive-in movie theaters 
  • Farmers markets 
  • Family entertainment centers 
  • Day camps 
  • Wineries 
  • Card rooms 
  • Campgrounds and playgrounds 
  • Youth and adult recreational athletics (outdoor physical conditioning and practice permitted with six feet of physical distancing from others. No scrimmages, games or tournaments) 
  • Small private gatherings 


The end of the stay-home order and Marin’s shift to Tier 1 does not affect schools. Schools that had reopened to site-based classroom learning prior to December 10 were allowed to continue operating in-person, though some choose to move back to a virtual format. Schools that have not yet returned to a site-based format during the 2020-21 school year will be eligible to reopen once Marin achieves and retains Tier 2 status for five days. 


The State of California’s travel advisory remains in place. Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged, including to other states and countries. All persons arriving in or returning to their home county should self-quarantine for 10 days. 

Stay Safe 

If you decide to go out, please remember to wear your mask, keep your distance from those outside your household, and continue to practice good hygiene.  

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