Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19

Arts & Entertainment


Arts & Entertainment in general take place in a variety of environments in different forms: live theater and symphony; museums, galleries and open studios; indoor and outdoor events; fairs, festivals and outdoor theater; film (indoor & out); family entertainment; and dance schools.

Current Status

Marin businesses shall operate in strict compliance with the state’s guidance for the purple tier.

The following Arts & Entertainment-related businesses can operate, with modifications:

  • Aquariumsmay operate outdoors only
  • Art Galleriesmay operate outdoors only
  • Drive-In Theaters - may open outdoors
  • Family Entertainment Centers - may operate outdoors with modifications
  • Kart Racing
  • Mini Golf
  • Batting Cages
  • Movie Theaters - may operate outdoors only
  • Museums - may operate outdoors only
  • Professional Sports - may operate with modifications, without live audiences.
  • Zoos - may operate outdoors only

Unfortunately, the following businesses /operations are prohibited from operating and should remain closed:

  • Amusement Parks
  • Concert & Entertainment Venues
  • Convention Centers (or Convention-like events)
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Night Clubs

In general, arts and art environments that result in large gatherings are considered by the State of California to be higher risk and therefore will be unable to resume until a later date. Marin’s status on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy means any gathering for live musical, theatrical and other artistic performance are not permitted indoors or outdoors at this time.

Reopening Guidelines

Each business much create, adopt and implement a Site Specific Protection Plan (SPP) prior to reopening. The SPP template combines state-level guidance published in the California State Resilience Roadmap and local Marin County public health policies. Arts & Entertainment should follow the guidance below to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.

  • Drive-In Movie Theaters :  
    • This guidance includes additional considerations for drive-in movie theaters. (English) 
    •  Esta guía incluye consideraciones adicionales para autocinemas. (Español) 
    • Hướng dẫn này bao gồm các cân nhắc bổ sung đối với rạp chiếu phim xem trên xe. (Tiếng Việt)

Temporary Structures for Outdoor Business Operations must be in compliance with all applicable State and County guidelines.

Incorporate the appropriate industry specific guidelines from the state guidance linked above into the “Business Specific Best Practices” section of your SPP.  When complete, post the SPP in your workplace to show customers and employees that you've reduced the risk of COVID-19 and are open for business.

More Information

As new guidelines become available, this webpage will be updated.   In the interim, please sign up to receive notifications when business protocols and other information about business reopening is available.

Questions?  Contact us.
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