County of Marin officials said this week that indoor retail shops will likely be able to reopen on June 15 for the first time in nearly three months, barring an unforeseen spike in the number of hospitalizations related to the coronavirus. Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis briefed the Board of Supervisors Tuesday on the county’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The news comes in the same week that county officials gave the green light to outdoor dining, summer camps, offices and child care.
Willis said that while Marin has seen a spike in cases, largely resulting from a significant increase in testing capacity, “It’s a surprise that this number of cases has not yielded a proportional increase in hospitalizations.”
Willis added that indoor restaurants and hair salons might reopen by the end of the month.
Outdoor church services are also approved to occur this week, though church and religious officials must sort through the details to comply with social distancing requirements. Rev. Patrick Michaels of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church said parishioners need to address issues ranging from maintaining adequate spacing of chairs for social distancing to having ample parking for parishioners to even attend, according to the North Bay Business Journal.
The situation is complicated by the fact that the church’s digital services via live streaming have been “far better received than I ever dreamed of,” Michaels told the Journal. “We’re attracting people we’ve never heard from before.”