Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19

Outdoor Recreation

Current Status

Despite the restrictions of the December 17 Stay-Home Order, most outdoor recreation facilities may remain open due to the emphasis on exercise for physical and mental health. Outdoor recreation facilities (sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf courses, skate parks, etc.) may operate with no mixing of households, no consumption of food or beverages. Forms of exercise, such as running, walking, and dog walking around one’s neighborhood or hiking in open spaces, are encouraged.  The current health order allows outdoor recreational activities to the extent participants of different households can maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing at all times.

Examples of outdoor recreation facilities and businesses that may operate include:

  • Parks, including playgrounds, picnic tables and public restrooms
  • Sports fields
  • Basketball courts
  • Golf courses
  • Skate parks
  • Outdoor pools
  • Dog parks
  • Tennis courts
    • Tennis, including doubles tennis, is permitted if participants can maintain physical distancing at all times.  All individuals must have a face covering with them and wear the face covering every time they come within 6 feet of another person outside their household.  Therefore, a doubles tennis team is limited to team maintaining 6 feet distance from non-household members and wearing a mask at all times.

Under the Stay-Home order, outdoor recreation facilities should:

  • Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales.
  • NOT allow overnight stays at campgrounds.

Campgrounds, RV Parks, Golf Courses or Tennis Clubs with indoor space (conference spaces, meeting rooms, etc.)  should keep those areas closed until each of those types of establishments is allowed to resume modified or full operation.

All public events or concentrated gatherings at campgrounds or RV parks, including group bonfires, group campsites, presentations at outdoor amphitheaters, musical or other performances, or other events must be cancelled or postponed until allowed to resume.

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.

Outdoor Recreation-related businesses / operations should follow the guidance below to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.

Outdoor Playgrounds and other Outdoor Recreational facilities should follow the guidance below to create a safer environment for workers and patrons.

Incorporate the appropriate industry specific guidelines from the state guidance linked above into the “Business Specific Best Practices” section of your SPP.


  • Outdoor recreation guidance does not apply to youth camps, team or contact sports, school and educational activities, and other public gatherings. For guidance on day camps and youth sports, visit the Childcare and Youth Programs webpage.
  • All youth, school-based, club, recreational, and amateur sports programs remain unaffected by Marin's tier status within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. At this time, only professional sports are allowed to proceed with  games and live-audience venues in a limited, outdoor-only capacity.  Since Marin County has no professional sports organizations, this means all other sports activities are limited to current State guidance, prohibiting games and restricting practice activities.  Please visit the Childcare and Youth Programs webpage for guidance on Youth Sports (school-based, club, recreational and amateur). 

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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