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Amendment No. 2 to Order of the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma No. C19-09
DATE OF AMENDMENT: May 14, 2020
Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120275, et seq.)
UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 101040, 101085, AND 120175, THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF SONOMA (“HEALTH OFFICER”) ORDERS:
- On May 12, 2020, Governor Newsom announced that the state would be moving further into the reopening process by allowing office workspaces where teleworking is not possible, outdoor museums, botanical gardens, car washes, pet groomers, dog walking services to operate statewide with health safety modifications. The Governor also clarified that childcare facilities can open to those outside of the essential workforce and retailers in shopping malls, strip malls, and outlet malls may offer retail sales by curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping. This Amendment implements the full breadth of the Governor’s Roadmap by amending Health Officer Order C19-09 to allow all businesses authorized to reopen statewide to similarly open in Sonoma County. This Amendment becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 15, 2020, and continues in effect until Order C19-09 is rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer or by the State Public Health Officer.
- This Amendment incorporates by reference the May 1, 2020 Order of the Health Officer No. C19-09 and the May 7, 2020 Amendment 1 to Order of the Health Officer No. C19-09. Except as otherwise amended herein, all provisions of that Order remain in full force and effect. This Order incorporates all provisions of these Orders that are not in conflict.
- All businesses operating in the County shall comply with local and state orders and guidance, including preparing, posting, and implementing a Social Distancing Protocol (https://socoemergency.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Appendix-A_05-01-2020extended.pdf) at all facilities operating in the County.
County Orders and Guidance are located here:
State Orders and Guidance are located here:
- The following businesses are allowed to operate and persons are allowed to leave their home and travel for the purpose of working at or patronizing the following businesses:
- Businesses that provide outdoor services such as, but not limited to, arborists, landscapers, gardeners, pool maintenance, and environmental site remediation; as well as car washes, pet groomers, dog walkers, and residential and commercial janitorial and cleaning services subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance, include those cited above in paragraph 3. This section does not allow outdoor restaurants, cafes, or bars, and does not apply to personal care services that necessitate close customer contact, such as, but not limited to, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, aestheticians and cosmetology, ear and body piercing salons, and tattoo parlors.
- Outdoor museums, open air galleries, botanical gardens, and other outdoor exhibition spaces. Indoor exhibits and convention space shall remain closed to the public, and gift shops, cafes, and restaurants shall comply with the retail and restaurant sections of the Order. Hands-on interactive exhibits and playgrounds and areas where it is not possible to keep customers or visitors from congregating where social distancing cannot be maintained shall remain closed. This section does not apply to zoos, amusement parks, or indoor gallery and museum spaces.
- Childcare facilities, subject to conditions in subsection 16.f.xxviii.
- Paragraph 16.g. to Order C19-09 allowing “Minimum Basic Operations” for non-essential businesses shall be amended as follows:
For the purposes of this Order, “Minimum Basic Operations” include the following activities when they cannot be performed remotely, provided that there are only the minimum number of persons on-site and persons comply with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements as defined this Section:
- The minimum necessary activities to maintain and protect the value of the business’s inventory and facilities; ensure security, safety, and sanitation; process payroll and employee benefits; and related functions.
- The minimum necessary activities to facilitate owners, personnel, and contractors of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences, and to ensure that the business can deliver its service remotely.
- Retail or wholesale curbside pickup, shipping, or delivery of goods, including but not limited to bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores. Retail sales by curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping is authorized from shopping malls, strip malls, and outlets. Retail or wholesale businesses operating under this subsection shall prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol at each of their facilities at which they are maintaining operations. Storefront and indoor mall access shall remain closed to the public. This provision shall only apply to the sale of goods and does not apply to provision of services.
- Activities in office workspaces where teleworking is not possible. This does not apply to office activities already being performed by teleworking, and shall not necessarily permit teleworking to be converted into in-person operations. These office workspaces shall not be open to the public. All in-office operations must be conducted in accordance with applicable State and local guidance.
- For clarity, this Amendment does not apply to outdoor restaurants, cafes, bars, or personal care services that necessitate close customer contact, such as, but not limited to, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, massage parlors, aestheticians and cosmetology, ear and body piercing salons, and tattoo parlors.
- Copies of this Amendment shall promptly be: (1) made available at the County Administration Center at 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95403; (2) posted on the County Public Health Department website (https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Public-Health/) and (https://socoemergency.org/); and (3) provided to any member of the public requesting a copy of this Order.
- If any provision of this Amendment or related Order is held to be invalid, the reminder, including the application of such part or provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected and shall continue in full force and effect.
IT IS SO ORDERED:
Dr. Sundari R. Mase, MD MPH
Health Officer of the County of Sonoma