NOTE: the businesses listed on this page have been recently re-categorized to align with the State of California's industry definitions. Please review this page carefully to understand which businesses are allowed to operate in Marin County.
Limited Services - Current Status
Limited services include those businesses that can provide services while maintaining appropriate physical distancing from customers or the public. Examples of such businesses include laundromats, dry cleaners, other laundry services, auto repair shops, car washes, landscapers, door to door services and sales, pet grooming, and dog walking.
The following limited services business are allowed to operate in Marin County, following the guidelines listed on this page:
- Auto Repair Shops (guidelines)
- Car Washes - outdoor only (guidelines)
- Dog Walking (guidelines)
- Landscaping Services (guidelines)
- Laundromats, dry cleaners and other laundry services (guidelines)
- Pet Grooming (see guidance under "Reopening Guidelines," below)
- Personal Cleaning Services (e.g., house keeping / janitorial) (see guidance under "Reopening Guidelines," below)
At this time, all other limited services defined by the State and not included on the list above are not permitted to operate in Marin County.
Personal Services - Current Status
Personal care services includes hair styling and hair care; hair salons and barbershops; care that requires touching a client’s face (e.g. facials, electrolysis, and waxing) as well as esthetician, skin care, and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops; sun tanning services; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings).
As of July 13, hair salons and barbershops are the only personal service businesses allowed to operate in Marin County and must operate outdoors only. While hair salons and barbershops were previously allowed to operate indoors, the California Governor has closed indoor hair salons and barbershops after an uptick in cases, increased hospitalizations and outbreaks throughout the state of California and in Marin County. On July 20, the California Governor and the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology confirmed that outdoor hair salon or outdoor barbershop operations are allowed, so long as those businesses continue to follow public health guidelines for operation. State issued guidance for outdoor services can be found on the Board Barbering and Cosmetology website.
There is no current target for reopening of indoor hair salons or barbershops.
At this time, all other personal care service industries are not allowed to operate in Marin County. You can track the status of future business reopenings on the reopening status webpage.
Fitness Facilities - Current Status
Fitness facilities are defined as gyms, fitness studios and personal training services. At this time, no fitness facilities are permitted to operate in Marin County. You can track the status of future business reopenings on the reopening status webpage.
"Fitness facilities" are not considered the same as care or child care services, youth camps, or school and educational activities. Please refer to the appropriate guidelines for youth summer/day/sport camps, outdoor recreation, and child care. Organized adult activities and sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer, and football that are held on park fields, open areas, and courts are not permitted because they require coaches and athletes who are not from the same household or living unit to be in close proximity, which increases their potential for exposure to COVID-19.
Each limited services, personal services, or fitness facility -related business must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan that incorporates and addresses all applicable Best Practices included below.
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- Alex Porteshawver, Senior Sustainability Coordinator, County of Marin
- Vinh Luu, Marin Asian Advocacy Project - Nail Salons
- Kathy McFall, Kathy's Pet Salon
- Edward Goldstein, Edward's Salon
- Taylor Clark Bigarani, Two Fronds
- Kim Das, Sproos
- Lisa Frechette, House of Dog
- Anya Artigiani, Mane Tamer
- Mike Witt, Anytime Fitness
- Allison Belger, TJ's Gym LLC
- Andrew Todd, diPietro Todd Salon
- Lois Amaru, Flo's of San Rafael
- Barbara Thigpen, James Rose Hair Salon
- Melissa Ferst, International Orange
- Gabriela Chiapellone, Soul Whisperer Marin
- April Arisian, Dollface Marin
- Julia Dougherty, Independent Business Owner
- Monica Hahn, Elements Massage
- Sarah Bradford, LUNA Mother Co
- Fritzi Schnel, Massage therapy