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Tiburon Peninsula businesses hesitate as more allowed to reopen

News last week that the state had put the brakes on Marin’s plans to more widely reopen its economy was largely met with a collective shrug from business owners and church leaders on the Tiburon Peninsula, many of whom said they hadn’t planned to expand their operations even if the county had been able to move forward with relaxing restrictions. After many flips and flops — several business sectors allowed to reopen in June were then shut down by the state in July, then the county announced new reopenings Sept. 4 before being halted again — Marin was finally allowed to reopen indoor personal-care services, indoor dining, indoor gyms, movie theaters and indoor houses of worship at reduced capacity, as well as expanded capacity at indoor retail establishments and malls, starting Sept. 15. The reopenings coincide with the county’s planned move from California’s purple tier-1 status, or “widespread” risk of coronavirus transmission, to red tier-2 status, or “substantial” risk under the state’s new four-tier framework for managing the virus and reopening the economy.

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