Rise in COVID cases shuts down Marin County indoor dining


Outdoor diners sit across the window from people sitting inside at Flores restaurant in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Three of California’s largest counties are among 11 statewide with sufficiently high numbers of infections to trigger state-mandated limits on business operations. Meantime, San Francisco, which has the lowest virus case rates among California’s major cities, voluntarily imposed new restrictions, including a ban on indoor dining. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Marin County is tightening its reopening restrictions after seeing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

A new health order will move the county into the state’s “Red Tier 2” beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17.

This means all indoor dining, including at restaurants, movie theaters and food courts must close.

Additionally, the following services and businesses must make the following changes:

  • Retail / malls – reduce capacity to 50%
  • Libraries – reduce capacity to 50%
  • Museums – reduce capacity to 25%
  • Places of worship – reduce capacity to 25% or 100 people (whichever is fewer)
  • Gyms and fitness centers – reduce capacity to 10%
  • Wineries – operate outdoor only
  • Family entertainment centers – operate outdoor only
  • Cardrooms – operate outdoor only
  • Indoor pools – close
  • Bars and breweries (with no meal option) – close

“We’re choosing to move into the red tier before the state moves us to get in front of this surge,” Willis said. “We’re seeing more people getting sick with COVID-19 and needing hospitalization. With flu season and potential impacts from holiday gatherings and travel, it’s time to act to prevent a much larger surge.”

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