What safely reopening looks like in Sonoma County
Sonoma County is following California’s guidance and fully reopened the economy on June 15. Restaurants, grocery stores, shopping malls, movie theaters, gyms and most places are open as normal, with no capacity limits, with one exception. In Sonoma County, everyone is required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status, effective August 3, 2021, because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases related to the highly contagious Delta variant. Everyone is urged to practice social distancing while in public spaces indoors. In addition, employers are subject to Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards if applicable.
Of course, anyone can wear a mask anytime they’d like, especially around young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination and others who are vulnerable. All Californians will continue to follow state masking guidelines as well as state and CDC travel guidelines.
Some public health measures will remain for mega events, which are defined as 5,000 or more people for indoor events and 10,000 or more people for outdoor events. These include concerts, sporting events, festivals, and conventions. Mega events increase the risk for spreading COVID-19 because attendees might be from outside our region, state, or country. Indoor mega event attendees will be required to confirm proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 status to attend. Outdoor mega event attendees will be strongly encouraged to do so.
For more information, visit the California Department of Public Health’s Safely reopening California webpage.