Safely reopening Marin County from COVID-19

Retail & Malls

Current Status

Due to the restrictions of the December 17 Stay-Home-Order:the following businesses may operate with modifications:

Grocery stores may operate at a maximum of 35% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores.  Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.

Retailers and indoor malls may operate at a maximum of 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores.  Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. Common areas and food courts will continue to remain closed. (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

ShoppingMalls may operate indoors at a maximum capacity of 20%.  Common areas and food courts must remain closed. (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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