County of Marin - News Releases - COVID-19 Closer to Tier 3

For Immediate Release
October 20, 2020

Marin Inches Closer Tier 3 COVID-19 Status

State certifies halfway-point of required 14-day status for further reopening

San Rafael, CA – With its improving COVID-19 figures, Marin County is in a position to further reopen local business industries no sooner than Tuesday, October 27, if local COVID-19 incidence remains steady or continues to decrease.

The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was notified October 20 by California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that Marin County’s data within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy has improved, qualifying the county to move from Tier 2 or “substantial risk” (“red”) status to the less restrictive Tier 3 or “moderate risk” (“orange”) level based on its COVID-19 coronavirus case statistics.

In general, for a County to advance to a less restrictive tier, it must (1) have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks; and (2) meet criteria for the next less restrictive tier for two consecutive weeks. Marin County has been in Tier 2 for five weeks and has met the Tier 3 threshold for seven consecutive days, halfway through the two-week requirement.

Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

Marin County

Adjusted Case Rate per 100,000

> 7

4 to 7

1 to 3.9

< 1


Overall Test Positivity Rate

> 8%

5% to 8%

2% to 4.9%

< 2%


Equity Metric: Quartile Test Positivity Rate

> 8.0%

≤ 8.0%

≤ 5.2%

≤ 2.1%


If the CDPH approves the move on October 27, further business reopenings can move forward, including increased indoor capacity at retail, restaurant, entertainment and other industries. Latest data for all California counties is available online.

“We’ve all made sacrifices to reduce COVID-19 transmission in Marin, and it’s encouraging to see progress,” said Dr Matt Willis, Marin County’s Public Health Officer. “At the same time, we’re seeing new surges across the nation. As hard as it is to reduce case rates, it’s just as hard to hang on and not slide backward. It’s not time to let up on those measures that protect ourselves and our community.”

Current Tier 2 business sector guidelines are available Marin Recovers website, including an overview of what can open under Tier 2 versus Tier 3. All open businesses must complete a COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan prior to reopening under Tier 3 restrictions. Guidance for the plan also is found on the Marin Recovers website.

Follow the latest COVID-19 surveillance figures in Marin County on the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services website. Register online to receive a daily COVID-19 update from Marin HHS.


Laine Hendricks
Public Information Officer
County Administrator's Office

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite #325
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7496
Email: Laine Hendricks
County Administrator website