Marin’s status on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy means Hotels, Motels and Short-Term Rentals-related businesses can operate, with modifications:
- Hotels, Motels, & Short-Term Lodging Rentals can open with modifications (fitness centers can open at 25% maximum capacity)
- Indoor pools may open with modifications, according to State guidelines
Unfortunately, spa facilities and saunas are still prohibited from operating and should remain closed (per the State of California).
Lodging Options for Wildfire Evacuees
The Bay Area is facing an unprecedented number of simultaneous fires and related evacuations. Traditional evacuation shelters, with individuals gathered under a single roof, present risk for the spread of COVID-19. This has placed special demand on hotel, motel, and short term rental resources.
Short-Term Lodging Facility business owners should know the following:
- The demand for rooms regionally is high for people who have lost homes or are evacuating their homes based on fire. Leisure travelers should be granted lower priority when availability is limited.
- If there are large evacuations in Marin County, or large numbers seeking shelter in Marin from neighboring counties, a Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) will be established within Marin to coordinate resources for evacuees. Staff at the TEP will direct evacuees to available lodging in the area, especially as we seek to avoid large congregate housing in this time of COVID-19.
- Short term rental businesses are encouraged to join the AirBNB program designed to facilitate hosting fire evacuees by registering on AirBNB's website.
- If evacuees come to your business seeking lodging and there are no available room, please direct them to the TEP. Follow the Marin Sheriff on Twitter (@MarinSheriff) to determine when and where this has been established.
Each hotel, motel or short term lodging-type business must 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.
Please follow the state guidance provided below as it applies to your establishment to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.
- Hotels and lodging
- Hotels, lodging, and short term rentals
Incorporate the appropriate industry specific guidelines from the state guidance linked above into the “Business Specific Best Practices” section of your SPP.