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Marin County stops indoor dining amid increase in coronavirus cases – Health News Today


Marin County officials will suspend indoor dining for at least three weeks amid an influx in new coronavirus infections, reversing course one week after giving restaurants the green light to serve customers inside.

The decision, effective at midnight Monday, comes days after the state added Marin County to its watch list, which closely tracks counties struggling to clamp down on a surge in cases and hospitalizations. The county’s decision was based on a lack of improvement in case counts, officials said in a release Sunday.

Marin had 2,861 total coronavirus cases and 21 deaths as of Sunday afternoon. That includes cases at San Quentin State Prison, which is in the county and accounts for at least half of Marin’s infections. The latest state figures show 1,388 inmate infections and 165 staff infections.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed counties on the watch list to reimpose parts of their stay-at-home orders.

Restaurants in Marin County may continue outdoor seating and take-out service, officials said.

At the Gravity Tavern in Mill Valley, customers were enjoying beer and pub food inside and at outside tables after the restaurant fully reopened on Thursday, said manager Sierra Truppelli.

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