Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

Stay-Home Order Lifted in Marin

Community members are still encouraged to limit activity and practice social distancing to slow the spread. On January 25, 2020 the State lifted the stay-home orders. The surge of COVID-19 across the Bay Area is showing signs of slowing, leading for the order to be lifted in the Marin. A list of permitted activities can be found at the County of Marin website here

City Operations

The City of Larkspur is working closely with the County of Marin and Marin Health and Human Services (HHS) to monitor and respond to COVID-19, commonly known as novel coronavirus. We remain dedicated to providing the best possible service to our community, and we ask for your patience and understanding as some services are suspended in the interest of public health as we evaluate the risk to our community. All facilities and parks are closed at this time. The Library and Recreation Departments have gathered digital resources the public can continue to access.

Loans, Grants for Small Businesses

The County of Marin has entered an agreement with a community-based organization to help it distribute nearly $448,000 of federal funds to support Marin small businesses with lower-wage employees that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The money will be in the form of grants of no more than $10,000 and interest-free loans of no more than $50,000. In a recommendation by the Marin County Community Development Agency, 53% of the funding will be targeted for businesses in or near San Rafael, 27% to those in or near Novato, and 20% for the rest of the county. Businesses will be selected by a lottery because of the expected high demand for assistance.

The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved the staff proposal January 12. The County’s partner on the funding distribution is the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), established in San Francisco in 1973. MEDA serves historically under-resourced families throughout the Bay Area, especially those among the Latinx population, by promoting economic equity and social justice. MEDA will use federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to create a new Marin County Small Business Fund worth more than $900,000. 

In December, the Board approved $1,790,994 in CDBG funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. A quarter of that, $447,749, was set aside for microenterprise and small business financial assistance. The funding does not affect the County’s General Fund.

The Marin CDA, which administers CDBG funding locally, is targeting small businesses with low-income owners and/or businesses with 50% or more employees being low-income. For this program in Marin, low income is defined as an employee earning less than $97,600. 

To comply with the CARES Act requirement to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, this  assistance is targeting businesses that are either located in communities most impacted by COVID-19 and/or businesses that have a majority of employees that live in communities most impacted by the pandemic. In Marin, that means the resources will be focused toward supporting the heavily hit Canal neighborhood of San Rafael, portions of Novato, and areas seeing heightened infection rates across the rest of the county. 

MEDA’s webpage for the Marin County Small Business Fund will have more information about how businesses can apply for the program in the coming weeks. Inquiries should be emailed to MEDA.

Resources for Businesses and Employees

The following protocols are based on state and industry guidelines and have been finalized in partnership with Marin’s business community, the Public Health Officer, and legal counsel. These protocols expand upon the county’s physical distancing protocols and offer business specific standards to support a safe and productive business environment.

Posting of protocols here does not necessarily mean a business is open or prepared to open immediately. It is ultimately up to each business to determine when it is able reopen following authorization by the county’s Public Health Officer. General information regarding the Marin Recovers business reopening process may be found here.

Please click on an industry tab on the right to review the latest business operating protocols approved for that business type. The owner or manager of each business shall provide adequate training and enough staff, security, or patrolling to ensure compliance with the protocols. Sign up to receive emails with business community updates, including when protocols are posted or updated. 

Each business must complete the COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan (Revised Appendix A) prior to reopening (businesses already allowed to operate under prior orders have a two-week grace period until June 1 to complete and comply with the plan).

As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to evolve and new Public Health Orders are issued both at the State and local levels, amendments to individual businesses’ SPPs may be needed in order to incorporate new requirements. Check this website frequently for updated information and tools for you to use in developing any needed amendments.

Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance to California Small Business Impacted by Coronavirus. Small businesses may apply for federal loans because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Information and requirements available here. Commercial lease relief information here.

The website contains the following resources for workers impacted by the coronavirus and social distancing orders.