Hygiene & masks

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COVID-19 spreads primarily between people who are in close contact with one another. Droplets from someone with COVID-19 can be transferred to others through coughing, sneezing or talking and can be picked up from contaminated surfaces.

Staying safe

Practice personal hygiene

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you don’t have soap or water, you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Wash or sanitize your hands afterward.

Mask Requirements

On July 16, 2021, the County of Sonoma joined six other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley in recommending that everyone wear masks while indoors as a precaution against increased circulation of COVID-19.

Regardless of vaccination status, wearing masks indoors in public places such as grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, ensures easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings and is an extra precautionary measure for all.

While COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be effective in combating variants such as the Delta variant, even those who are fully vaccinated are urged to wear masks in public indoor settings to protect the unvaccinated.

The State of California has aligned with CDC recommendations for mask requirements. To view requirements, including a list of frequently asked questions visit the State site: https://covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/