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On March 16, 2020, the County Health Officer issued an order limiting activity, travel, and business functions to the most essential needs. We refer to that order as the “Prior Shelter Order.” This new Order replaces the Prior Shelter Order. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs. An Executive Summary of the new Order can be found here. In addition, the County Health Officer issued a second new order is specifically related to Parks, Campgrounds and Open Space, which supersedes a similar order issued last week.
Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease. The COVID-19 public health crisis in the County, the region, and the nation has worsened significantly over the past two weeks. Confirmed cases in the six most populous Bay Area counties have increased more than eight-fold since the Prior Shelter Order. The number of confirmed cases increased from 258 to 2,092 cases between March 15, 2020 and March 29, 2020. The number of confirmed deaths rose from 3 to 51 in this same period. While the Prior Shelter Order has been effective in reducing the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 disease (“flattening the curve”), it is not enough. The County Health Officer has determined that more and stricter social distancing is needed to slow the rate of spread, prevent deaths, and stop the health care system from becoming overwhelmed, and that we need to continue with these social distancing measures for a longer period of time.
As of 11:59 pm on March 31, 2020, all individuals in the County must strictly follow the provisions in the new Orders. These new Orders will be in effect until May 3, 2020, but that date could be changed by the County Health Officer.
To answer questions related to the Public Health Order, the Marin Department of Health and Human Resources has created an extensive Q&A document to help understand the Order.
In these circumstances, taking care of yourself is a public service. If you are unprepared and unable to get food or medicine, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. for volunteer assistance or the non-emergency hotline at the Belvedere Police Department (415) 435-3266 for a home check.