Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19

Businesses

Resources and guidelines for safely reopening

Some businesses are not permitted to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak. These are stressful times. Together we can get through this.

Guidelines for Reopening Businesses

Marin County has launched a variety of working groups, comprised of industry professionals, to advise and support the reopening of local businesses. This process is driven by monitoring public health and behavior, business input and expertise, and adherence to the latest public health requirements to move forward with a safe, economically sound, and socially sensitive recovery and reopening plan for industries and businesses throughout the County.

An overview of Marin's business reopenings to date can be accessed online.

Lease and Eviction Protection

As the dynamic COVID-19 emergency continues to evolve, measures are being taken to bring housing and commercial security to residents and businesses who have been economically impacted by the crisis.  After more than three months of its shelter-in-place public health order because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Marin County added another month onto its moratorium on residential evictions.

The original moratorium was put in place by a March 24 Board resolution. The Board amended its resolution April 28 to align County policy with state policy, clarify definitions, and set the expiration date to May 31. The Board then passed a resolution on May 26 to prevent residents from being evicted because of a sudden loss of income tied to the pandemic through June 30.

On Tuesday June 23rd, the Board of Supervisors further amended the resolution to include the extension of the eviction moratorium in Marin County to July 31, 2020 for all residential tenants that are suffering financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Resolution includes a 90-day repayment period after this time for residential tenants. Commercial tenants have a 90-day repayment period that begins after May 31, 2020.

According to the Marin Community Development Agency, the goal of the moratorium extension is to provide temporary protection  to reduce the widespread economic ramifications of  the public health emergency. Under the moratorium, if a residential tenant has not made a timely rent payment that was payable between March 24 and June 30, the landlord cannot evict if the tenant provides notice within 30 days after the rent was due that the tenant is unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19.

You are protected by the County Resolution if you are suffering from a substantial loss of income due to:

  • Business closure
  • Loss of work or wages
  • Layoffs
  • Missed work or childcare expenditures due to school closure
  • Medical Expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a member of the household ill with COVID-19
  • Other similarly caused reasons resulting in a loss of income due to COVID-19

The resolution requires renters and lease holders to notify their landlord within 30 days after the rent is due that they are unable to pay because of financial impacts related to COVID-19. It does not relieve the residential or commercial tenant of the liability for the unpaid rent, and the landlord may seek payment after the expiration of the local emergency.

Other protections were granted by the California Judicial Council on April 6, 2020. These emergency rules suspend action on eviction cases once they have been filed as part of an effort to create consistency in the state court system. Under these rules, courts may not issue a summons on a tenant, or enter a judgement against a tenant who doesn't respond to a summons. Additionally, the rules suspend judicial foreclosures, postpone hearing dates for pending eviction trials by at least 60 days, and will apply to all cases except where an eviction action is necessary to protect public health and safety.

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Job Loss

If you have lost your job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of California has launched Onward CA, a one-stop resource guide for Californians impacted by job loss during this crisis to help you get back to work as quickly as possible.  Onward CA consists of a coalition of companies, foundations, and humans who want to help; help you get money or groceries or child care; help you upskill, reskill, or refresh; and help you land a great new job.

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