Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19

Retail & malls industry guidelines

Current Status

UPDATE - As of March 24, 2021, Retailers and indoor malls may operate in strict compliance with the state’s guidance for the orange tier.  Additionally, special hours may be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. Indoor common areas must remain closed and food courts may operate at a reduced capacity according to tier level. (Please see Restaurants.) Mall operators should follow State guidance and retail guidelines posted below.

 Retail-related businesses can operate indoors and outdoors, with modifications.  Examples of retail-type businesses that can operate include:

  • Bookstores
  • Clothing and shoe stores
  • Convenience stores
  • Farmers Markets
  • Florists
  • Gas Stations
  • Grocery Stores
  • Home and furnishing stores
  • Jewelry Stores
  • Libraries
  • Pharmacies
  • Sporting goods stores

Shopping Malls may operate indoors.  Indoor common areas must remain closed and food courts may operate at a reduced capacity according to tier level. (See Restaurants).

Open Air Shopping Shopping Centers (e.g., Outdoor Swap Meets) are allowed to operate under the guidelines noted below so long as vendors space tables, tents, and other displays are in accordance with appropriate physical distancing requirements or ensure other impermeable barriers are in place.

Temporary Structures for Outdoor Business Operations must be in compliance with all applicable State and County guidelines.

Reopening Guidelines

Each retailer must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 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.

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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