Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19

Arts, Events & 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

UPDATE - As of March 24, 2021, Marin businesses shall operate in strict compliance with the state’s guidance for the orange tier. The following Arts & Entertainment-related businesses can operate, with modifications: 

  • Amusement Parks Smaller parks can operate with modifications at maximum capacity of 25% or 500 people, whichever is fewer 
    • Outdoor attractions only 
    • In-county visitors only 
    • Advanced reservations only 
  • Aquariums – may operate indoors at maximum 50% capacity  
  • Art Galleries – may operate indoors at maximum 50% capacity  
  • Drive-In Theaters - may open outdoors  
  • Family Entertainment Centers - may operate indoors for naturally distanced activities at maximum 25% capacity  
    • Kart Racing  
    • Mini Golf  
    • Batting Cages   
    • Bowling Alleys
    • Escape Rooms
    • Climbing Walls
  • Indoor Seated Live Events & Performances(Concerts, Entertainment Venues, & Live Theatre)
  • Movie Theaters - may operate indoors at maximum 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer  
  • Museums - may operate indoors at maximum 50% capacity  
  • Outdoor Live Events and Performances - (e.g. Sports & Live Performances)
  • Private Events -(Meetings/Receptions/Conferences)
  • Zoos - may operate indoors at maximum 50% capacity  
  • Unfortunately, the following businesses /operations are prohibited from operating and should remain closed: 
  • Festivals  
  • 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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