Guidance for Businesses during COVID-19

En español »

If your business has been affected by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), go to Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) for information to support your next steps. EDB has compiled a comprehensive list of local, state and government resources and benefits for businesses and employees affected by the emerging situation.

Information and resources for employees and independent contractors »

Current Guidance and Protocols for Businesses

For the current Sonoma County Health Order and guidance documents visit the Health Order and Guidance Page

Social Distancing Protocol for Businesses

Per the Order of the Health Officer, dated March 31, 2020

Before Friday, April 3, 2020, essential businesses that continue to operate facilities in the County must create, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol for each facility frequented by employees or the public, using the template attached to the Order. Essential businesses must also provide a copy of their Social Distancing Protocol to all employees and must provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing the Order on demand.

Facial Covering Order

On Friday, April 17, 2020, a Health Order went into effect that requires people to wear face coverings in:

  • Any indoor facility besides their residence. Examples include grocery stores, laundromats/drycleaners, work facilities, post office.
  • While in any enclosed space, for example on construction sites, in taxis or rideshares.
  • While outdoors if unable to maintain a six-foot distance from another persona at all times. Examples include farmer’s markets, pumping gas and drive thru/delivery/carry out/curbside pickup.

Healthcare Professionals

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is working closely with our public health partners and healthcare providers to take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Sonoma County, employing guidance from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health.

Construction Industry and Golf Courses

See Appendices on Health Order C19-09 (“Extending the Shelter-in-Place Order beyond May 3) »

Food Facilities

COVID-19, is part of a class of coronaviruses that cause respiratory illness and is spread through the air via respiratory droplets from an infected person or by touching contaminated surfaces.

Tips for Businesses

  • Business and community organizations should review their continuity of operations plans and consider how they will operate if a significant number of employees are unable to work.
  • Businesses should review their sick leave policies and actively encourage employees and students/staff to stay home if they are sick. Consider not requiring a doctor’s note to return to work/school as healthcare facilities may be severely impacted.
  • Every business has the right to refuse service to someone who isn’t wearing a face covering, although you’re not required to by the Order. Keep in mind there is a small percentage of the community who can’t wear face coverings due to a health condition. Make sure to check in with people who aren’t wearing a face covering.

Additional Employment Resources

For additional employment resources, please visit Sonoma County Economic Development Board.