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No. C19-15: Stay Well Sonoma County
Order adopting and incorporating the State stay at home orders and guidance, as well as requiring compliance with County-specific individual and business mitigation measures
Amendment No. 1 to Health Order C19-15 »
SoCo COVID-19 Employee Check – Mobile App »
Food Facility Operating Checklist » (PDF)
Interim Policy For Zoning Ordinance Implementation To Accommodate Physical Distancing In Commercial Zones »
Press Release »
Frequently Asked Questions »
- Appendix A – Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan Template » (PDF)
- Appendix B – Face Coverings Requirements »
- Appendix C – State Sector-Specific Guidance »
DATE OF ORDER: June 18, 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:
- Summary. Widespread compliance with the Sonoma County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Orders has been successful in “flattening the curve” and interrupting transmission of the virus. The Health Orders have been tailored to address the unique characteristics of the County’s economy and virus transmission. New State Orders now allow counties to expand reopening further into the Governor’s Recovery Roadmap which now includes gyms, fitness centers, movie theatres, entertainment centers, casinos, cardrooms, racetracks, bars, zoos, museums, galleries, aquariums, hotels and short term rentals (for tourism and individual travel), campgrounds, schools and school-based programs, and personal care services. Now that most businesses and activities have been allowed to reopen, the Health Officer is amending the shelter in place order to align the local order with the businesses and activities permitted to operate by the State. The intention is to reduce complexity and make it clear that staying healthy depends, in large part, on an individuals and businesses implementing mitigation measures and making choices to minimize activities that increase potential exposure to COVID-19.
- County/State Order Alignment. This Order (found at www.socoemergency.org) allows the reopening of all businesses and activities in the County that are currently approved to operate under the State Stay at Home Order (https://covid19.ca.gov/), State and local guidance. (https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/) and sector specific guidance contained in Section 23 below, including under the business management plans approved by the Health Officer, in cooperation with the Economic Development Board (see, the “SoCo Launch” website at http://sonomaedb.org/). All current and future businesses and activities are subject to local sector specific guidance and restrictions in this Order, including Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements, Face Coverings Requirements (Appendix B), and the preparing, posting, and implementing of a Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan, attached to this Order as Appendix A.
- Personal Risk-Based Assessment. The State has opened the door to resumption of a wide range of businesses. It would be a mistake if this was seen as a return to normal. The virus is not contained. There is still a clear and present danger to the community by its continued transmission. This is especially true for indoor activities, when individuals are at close quarters, interacting with greater numbers of people, and/or are interacting with non-household members for longer durations.
The evidence shows that a significant percentage of virus transmission is from people who are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. Health screenings may not detect these individuals. While a given activity may be allowed, the Health Officer advises that community members conduct their own risk-based assessment of what activities are appropriate, especially those who have underlying medical conditions, people age 65 or older, or who are otherwise vulnerable (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html ). The Health Officer recommends that individual utilize the CDC Deciding to Go Out decision-making tool to help them make a personal decision about the risk of any given activity (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/activities.html).
- Stay Well Sonoma County. As detailed in this Order, while a given activity may be one that is now conditionally allowed, each activity carries its own set of risks and is subject to local and State requirements for social distancing, hygiene, and face covering, as well as any sector specific guidance or business management plans. It is up to the business owners, organizers and participants in any given activity to understand and follow the public health guidance that applies to that activity for the protection of employees, customers, and the public, and to cooperate with public health enforcement and disease control unit/contact tracers to help limit the spread of the virus.
While certain indoor activities and businesses are allowed in this Order to operate, such as retail, restaurants, and faith-based gatherings, the science is clear that, to the extent that these activities can continue to be done outdoors (such as retail curbside pickup, outdoor dining or outdoor faith based services), or remotely via electronic means, the risk of virus transmission is lower and is therefore strongly recommended.
- Health Officer Pandemic Strategy. The Health Officer strategy at this point is to reduce the virus infection rate through a strategy of widespread testing, contact tracing to isolate infected individuals, quarantine of those infected, and aggressive implementation of mitigation measures such as social distancing, hygiene, face coverings, and implementation of sector specific business guidance and management plans. When infection clusters are discovered in businesses, the current plan is to temporarily close the businesses to prevent additional spread and allow for deep cleaning rather than close down a business sector. Success will only be possible if individuals comply with these Orders and businesses conscientiously implement the required local and State Guidance and business management plans. Data regarding the COVID-19 Indicators (Section 11), especially the rate of hospitalizations or deaths, could change this approach.
The only way we can all continue to live with COVID-19 is with efficient and effective contact tracing that can quickly identify, notify, and seclude sick and exposed individuals. All businesses and individuals must do their part and cooperate with public health disease control unit/contact tracers. To that end, businesses are strongly encouraged to keep a list of employees and attendees (for at least one month) to provide to public health in the event that a cluster of cases are discovered in the business.
- Effective Period. This Order shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 19, 2020 and will continue until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer or the State Health Officer. Like the Governor’s Executive Orders N-33-20 and N-60-20, this Order does not have a specific end date so that modifications can be made as necessary (either loosening or tightening restrictions) as changes in the data or State approach may dictate.
- Supersedes Prior Orders. This Order supersedes the June 5, 2020 Shelter in Place Order of the Health Officer C19-14 (“Prior Shelter Order”). This Order balances the risk of increased transmission with the need to protect individuals at high risk of disease, as well as the social, emotional, and economic impact of certain restrictions. As of the effective date and time of this Order set forth in Section 6 above, all individuals, businesses, and government agencies within the County are required to follow this Order.
- Purpose and Intent. The intent of this Order is to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible and mitigate the impact on delivery of critical healthcare services. All provisions of this Order must be interpreted to effectuate this intent. This Order also includes County specific restrictions, including Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements in Section 21, Face Coverings Requirements in Section 22 and Exhibit B, and preparing, posting, and implementing a Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan, attached to this Order as Appendix A. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this Order constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.
- Evidence and Data Driven Approach. This Order is issued based on evidence of continued community transmission of COVID-19 within the County and throughout the Bay Area; continued uncertainty regarding the degree of undetected asymptomatic transmission; scientific evidence and best practices regarding the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable diseases generally and COVID-19 specifically; evidence that the age, condition, and health of a significant portion of the population of the County places it at risk for serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19; and further evidence that others, including younger and otherwise healthy people, are also at risk for serious outcomes. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the general public, which is now a pandemic according to the World Health Organization, there is a public health emergency throughout the County. Making the problem worse, some individuals who contract the virus causing the COVID-19 disease have no symptoms or have mild symptoms, which means they may not be aware they carry the virus and are transmitting it to others.
The scientific evidence shows that at this stage of the emergency, it remains essential to continue to slow virus transmission to help: (a) protect the most vulnerable; (b) prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed; (c) prevent long-term chronic health conditions, such as cardiovascular, kidney, and respiratory damage and loss of limbs from blood clotting; and (d) prevent deaths. At the same time, since the Prior Shelter Order was issued the County has made significant progress in expanding health system capacity and healthcare resources and in slowing community transmission of COVID-19. In light of progress on these indicators, and subject to continued monitoring and potential public health-based responses, it is appropriate at this time to allow additional businesses and activity to resume in the County.
- Current County Data. The collective efforts taken to date regarding this public health emergency have slowed the virus’ trajectory, but the emergency and the attendant risk to public health remain significant. This Order is issued in light of the existence of 803 cases of COVID-19 and 4 deaths in the County as of June 18, 2020. The cumulative number of confirmed cases continues to increase, though the positivity rate was stable in the days leading up to this Order. Evidence suggests that the restrictions on mobility, social distancing, hygiene, and face covering requirements, as well as any specific protocols or business-specific guidance, have been effective in slowing the rate of increase in community transmission and confirmed cases.
- COVID-19 Indicators. The Health Officer, in conjunction with Bay Area Health Officers, is monitoring several key indicators (“COVID-19 Indicators”), which are among the many factors informing decisions whether to modify existing shelter-in-place restrictions. The COVID-19 Indicators include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The trend of the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations per day;
- The capacity of hospitals and the health system in the County and region, including acute care beds and Intensive Care Unit beds, to provide care for COVID-19 patients and other patients, including during a surge in COVID-19 cases;
- The supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) available for hospital staff and other healthcare providers and personnel who need PPE to safely respond to and treat COVID-19 patients;
- The ability and capacity to quickly and accurately test persons to determine whether they are COVID-19 positive, especially those in vulnerable populations or high-risk settings or occupations; and
- The ability to conduct case investigation and contact tracing for the volume of cases and associated contacts that will continue to occur, isolating confirmed cases and quarantining persons who have had contact with confirmed cases.
- State Stay at Home Order. This Order is issued in light of the March 19, 2020 Order of the State Public Health Officer, which set baseline statewide restrictions effective until further notice, as well as the Governor’s May 4, 2020 Executive Order N-60-20, which informed local health jurisdictions and industry sectors that they may gradually reopen under new modifications and guidance provided by the State per the May 7, 2020 State Public Health Order (the “State Stay at Home Order”). This Order adopts and incorporates by reference subsequent amendments, designations, directives, or guidance issued by the State of California pertaining to its State Stay at Home Order and the process for reopening businesses and activities using a four-stage framework to allow for the gradual resuming of various activities while continuing to preserve public health in the face of COVID-19. All provisions of the State Stay at Home Order and related guidance, whether framed as discretionary, recommended or mandatory are hereby incorporated as enforceable elements of this Order.
- This Order is also issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference, the June 5, 2020 Order of the Health Officer C19-14; the May 22, 2020 Amendment No. 3 to Order of the Health Officer C19-09; the May 14, 2020 Amendment No. 2 to Order of the Health Officer C19-09; the May 7, 2020 Amendment No. 1 to Order of the Health Officer No. C19-09; the May 4, 2020 Executive Order of the Governor (N-60-20); the March 19, 2020 Executive Order of the Governor (N-33-20); the March 13, 2020 Order of the Health Officer No. C19-02; the March 4, 2020 Proclamation of a State of Emergency issued by Governor Gavin Newsom; the March 2, 2020 Proclamation of Local Emergency for the County of Sonoma issued by the Director of Emergency Services Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency in the County Regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19); the Declaration of Local Health Emergency Regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) issued by the Health Officer; the March 4, 2020 Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma Ratifying and Extending the Declaration of a Local Health Emergency, and the March 4, 2020 Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma Ratifying and Extending the Proclamation of a Local Emergency.
- Conflicts between Orders. Where a conflict exists between this Order and any State public health order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most restrictive provision controls. Consistent with California Health and Safety Code section 131080, the more restrictive provisions between this Order and State orders apply and control in this County. In addition, to the extent any federal guidelines allow activities that are not allowed by this Order, this Order controls and those activities are not allowed. In addition, to the extent any federal guidelines allow activities that are not allowed by this Order, this Order controls and those activities are not allowed.
- Individuals. When people need to leave their place of residence, they must strictly comply with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements and the Face Coverings Requirements. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (as defined in Section 25) and people who are sick are strongly urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible, except as necessary to seek medical care or engage in essential activities. Individuals experiencing homelessness are strongly urged to obtain shelter, and governmental and other entities are strongly urged to, as soon as possible, make such shelter available and provide handwashing or hand sanitation facilities to persons who continue experiencing homelessness.
- Activities. Permissible activities under this Order include all activities allowed under the State Stay at Home Order (see Stay Home Q&A [https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top]) and State sector specific guidance at the links below in Section 23 and Appendix C) and includes the following additional activities, allowances, and restrictions, and subject to Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements and Face Coverings Requirements. Activities allowed within this Section are prohibited from allowing direct physical contact between members of different households or living units. Tournaments, competitions, or other sporting events, including live audience activities, are also prohibited:
- To engage in outdoor activities, recreation, or sports permitted by the State Stay at Home Order as long as the group size does not exceed 12 persons, with strict adherence to Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements and Face Covering Requirements, and compliance with all relevant State and County Guidelines, including but not limited to the prohibition against tournaments and competitions (see for example https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-campgrounds.pdf, https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top, and http://sonomaedb.org/Business-Assistance/Coronavirus/Business-Management-Plans).
- To participate in an Outdoor Recreation Activity Business, Outdoor Recreational Equipment Rental Business, or guided or chaperoned outdoor recreational activity as long as the group size does not exceed 12 plus staff. All such businesses must operate in compliance with all relevant State and County Guidelines, including but not limited to the prohibition against tournaments and competitions (see for example, https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-campgrounds.pdf, https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top, and the Recreation and the Outdoor Recreation Activity Business Management Plans at http://sonomaedb.org/Business-Assistance/Coronavirus/Business-Management-Plans) Any equipment issued or rented to individuals to engage in the activity (for example a kayak, bicycle, or surfboard) shall only be used by that individual for the duration of the activity and sanitized after each use per EPA guidance (https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/guidance-cleaning-and-disinfecting-public-spaces-workplaces-businesses-schools-and-homes) and local and state recreational guidance (http://sonomaedb.org/Business-Assistance/Coronavirus/Business-Management-Plans/).
- Indoor swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs shall remain closed. Outdoor pools and splash pads must operate in compliance with applicable State and County Guidelines, https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-fitness.pdf, https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-campgrounds.pdf, https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-hotels-lodging-rentals.pdf.
- Childcare, summer camp programs, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children, in stable groups of 12 children or less, may participate in activities, recreation, or sports permitted in this Section, but groups shall not commingle with other groups. For clarity, this subsection does not allow recreation or sports activities within groups that require person-to-person physical contact between members of different households or living units.
- Businesses. All businesses in the County that are allowed to operate under the State Stay at Home Order (https://covid19.ca.gov/), amendments, designations, directives, Stay Home Q&As (https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/) and sector specific guidance (Appendix C) on the effective date above, Section 6, are considered Allowed Businesses and may operate in the County. High risk businesses, as defined in Section 18, may operate only to maintain Minimum Basic Operations without direct (non-virtual) public contact. All businesses operating in the County shall comply with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements, Face Coverings Requirements, and sector specific guidance, as defined in Section 23 as may be amended from time to time. All businesses operating in the County shall prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan (Appendix A) at each of their facilities at which they are maintaining operations, as specified in this Section.
- Definition. A “business” includes any for-profit, non-profit, faith based organization, or educational entity, whether a corporate entity, organization, partnership or sole proprietorship, and regardless of the nature of the service, the function it performs, or its corporate or entity structure.
- Minimum Basic Operations. “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.
- Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan. All businesses must prepare and post a “Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan” for each of their facilities in the County frequented by the public or employees. The Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan must be substantially in the form attached to this Order as Appendix A. The Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan must be posted at or near the entrance of the relevant facility, and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees. A copy of the Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility and to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand. The Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan must explain how the business is achieving the following, as applicable:
- Limiting the number of people who can enter into the facility at any one time to ensure that people in the facility can easily maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another at all times, except as required to complete the Allowed Business activity;
- Where lines may form at a facility, marking six-foot increments at a minimum, establishing where individuals should stand to maintain adequate social distancing;
- Providing hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant at or near the entrance of the facility and in other appropriate areas for use by the public and employees, and in locations where there is high-frequency employee interaction with members of the public (e.g. cashiers);
- Providing for contactless payment systems or, if not feasible to do so, the providing for disinfecting all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use;
- Regularly disinfecting other high-touch surfaces;
- Posting a sign at the entrance of the facility informing all employees and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into one’s elbow; not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact; and
- Any additional social distancing measures being implemented (see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business- response.html ).
- Higher Risk Activities. The Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery does not currently allow the following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities to operate at this time, except to the limited extent as may be permitted under this Order. No expansion or allowance of these activities shall take place until both the State and the Health Officer determines that local conditions and disease epidemiology indicate it is prudent to allow such facilities to reopen:
- Playgrounds and group picnic areas (individual and household use of picnic tables may be allowed on a facility by facility basis).
- Ice rinks, roller rinks, and indoor playgrounds such as bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag.
- Public events and gatherings, like live audience sports
- Convention centers
- Live theater.
- Live audience sports.
- Saunas and steam rooms.
- Concert venues.
- Theme parks.
- Higher education (in person).
- Any other activity or facility prohibited by the State.
- Gatherings. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except as allowed by this Order or by the State Orders and Guidance. Indoor gatherings, other than by household unit, are prohibited except as allowed by State or Local Orders e.g., restaurant dining, religious services, and childcare. Indoor gatherings are disfavored because of the increased risk of virus transmission. Outdoor gatherings are allowed to the extent provided in the Activity Section 16 above.
All gatherings permitted in this Order shall comply Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements, Face Covering Requirements, and with CDC Considerations for Events and Gatherings (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html). Nothing in this Order prohibits members of a single household or living unit from engaging in Travel or Activities together.
- Travel. It is recommended that individuals should avoid travelling long distances for vacations or pleasure as much as possible. This is to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Individual shall not travel if they are sick, with someone who is sick, or if someone in their household or living unit had coronavirus in the last two weeks.
- Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements.
- All individuals must strictly comply with “Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements” which means:
- Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from individuals who are not part of the same household or living unit;
- Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer that is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as effective in combatting COVID-19;
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or fabric or, if not possible, into the sleeve or elbow (but not into hands);
- Wearing a Face Covering when out in public, consistent with the Face Coverings Requirements;
- Avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with a fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms;
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection;
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth; and
- If you smoke or vape, consider quitting. Smoking and vaping causes harm to the lungs (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DCDIC/CTCB/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx).
- Exceptions. Individuals are exempted from complying with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements only to the limited extent necessary to provide care (including childcare, adult or senior care, care to individuals with special needs, and patient care); as necessary to carry out the work of Allowed Businesses, Essential Governmental Functions, or provide for Minimum Basic Operations; or as otherwise expressly provided in this Order.
- All individuals must strictly comply with “Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements” which means:
- Face Coverings Requirements. It is required that all people wear Face Coverings before they enter any indoor business, indoor public common areas, or whenever the person is unable to maintain a six-foot distance at all times from a person of a different household or living unit and as set forth in Appendix B of this Order, whether indoors or outdoors. This requirement includes certain exceptions:
- While inside their own residence;
- While inside or driving alone in a vehicle, or with members of the same household or living unit, unless the windows in the vehicle are lowered to interact with first responders, food service workers, or other persons who are not members of their household or living unit.
- While engaging in outdoor activity, recreation, or sports, but only if Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements are met at all times;
- While eating or drinking;
- If a Face Covering may pose a risk to the person wearing the mask for health-or safety related reasons; a Face Covering should also not be used by anyone who has a respiratory condition or trouble breathing, or who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the Face Covering without assistance.
- If a Face Covering would create a risk to the person related to their work as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
- Face Covering Requirements do not apply to children aged two years or less because of the risk of suffocation; and are only recommended, but not ordered, for any child aged twelve years or less.
- State Sector Guidance and Local Business Management Plans. The Health Officer, in consultation with the Economic Development Board and industry representatives, has and will continue to develop and establish sector-specific social distancing and health/safety standards and business management plans All businesses, including public agencies, operating in the County shall comply with local and State orders and guidance, including the Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements, Face Coverings Requirements, and Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan contained within this Order. Businesses must review all relevant State guidance and checklists (Appendix C), and local business management plans, to prepare a Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan, attached as Appendix A to this Order. Where there is a conflict between the local and State orders and guidance, then the more restrictive provisions applies and controls in this County. For clarity, all recommended, encouraged, or suggested language in State guidance or checklists shall be required for businesses under this Order. All businesses shall prepare, post, and implement their Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan at all facilities operating in the County, including posting any relevant state guidance or local business management plans.
Employers are also required to ensure that all employees perform a self-check for COVID-19 symptoms and temperature check before reporting to their work site or other assignment away from their residence. Employers are strongly encouraged to use the free SoCo COVID-19 Check tool available as a mobile App and on the SoCo Emergency website. The tool provides a seamless process for businesses to implement employee screening procedures and automatically provides the County with aggregate data that will assist the County’s epidemiologists in monitoring and preventing transmission of COVID-19.
County Orders and Guidance are located here:
State Orders and Guidance are located here:
- Appendix C
SoCo COVID-19 Check is located here:
- Apple IOS version is on the Apple App store https://apps.apple.com/us/app/soco-covid-19-check/id1511037042
- Android version is on Google Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sococheck
- SoCoEmergency Website https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/soco-covid-19-check/
- Definitions. To the extent the Sheriff or any chief of police has any questions regarding the definitions under this Order, the Health Officer hereby delegates authority to the Office of the County Counsel to answer such questions.
- People at high risk. People at high risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 and people who are sick are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence to the extent possible. These people should make a reasonable effort to avoid leaving home by utilizing delivery services, telecommunications, or other means available. Nothing prevents a person at high risk of severe illness from leaving home for the reasons otherwise allowed under this Order, or for other permissible conduct. For purposes of this Order, “people at high risk of severe illness” from COVID-19 are people who meet the CDC definition of higher risk (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html ). Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- People aged 65 years and older.
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
- Other high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
- People who have serious heart conditions.
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment.
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk.
Please note, many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
- Community Services. Government agencies and other entities operating shelters and other facilities that house or provide meals or other necessities of life for individuals experiencing homelessness must take appropriate steps to help ensure compliance with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements, including adequate provision of hand sanitizer. Also, individuals experiencing homelessness who are unsheltered should abide by 12 foot by 12 foot distancing for the placement of tents/sleeping quarters, and government agencies should provide restroom and hand washing facilities for such individuals as set forth in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Interim Guidance Responding to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/unsheltered-homelessness.html).
- Enforcement. Pursuant to Government Code sections 26602 and 41601 and Health and Safety Code section 101029, the Health Officer requests that the Sheriff and all chiefs of police in the County ensure compliance with and enforce this Order. The Sheriff, chiefs of police, County Counsel, District Attorney, and city attorneys are empowered to ensure compliance with and enforce this Order within their jurisdictions. Questions of interpretation of the Order shall remain as set forth in Section 24 above. The violation of any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.
- Justification. The Health Officer has determined that this Order, and its Prior Shelter Orders, were and are necessary because cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed throughout the County. COVID-19 is highly contagious and has a propensity to spread in various ways including, but not limited to, by attaching to surfaces or remaining in the air, resulting in physical damage and/or physical loss.
- Public Distribution. Copies of this Order 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.
- Severability. If any provision of this Order to the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, the reminder of the Order, 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. To this end, the provisions of this Order are severable.
IT IS SO ORDERED:
Frequently Asked Questions
List of FAQs
Legal authority for county health officer orders addressing the COVID-19 pandemic is in the California Health and Safety Code, sections 101040 and 120175, which grants broad powers to the health officer to protect public health during local emergencies and prevent the spread of contagious diseases. Read the full statutes here.
The state has not allowed counties to lift shelter in place orders. Certain high-risk businesses and activities are still not allowed by the state. Indoor gatherings are still prohibited, with limited exceptions. As the state recognizes, lifting too many restrictions too soon could easily lead to a large surge in cases and result in avoidable hospitalizations and deaths, and it may lead to longer-term economic harms. Therefore, both the state and Sonoma County have reopened in stages.
It’s mandatory. This is a legal order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply and it is a crime (a misdemeanor) not to follow the order.
Yes. The health officer may issue new orders as the public health situation changes.
This order aligns with the governor’s stay-at-home order, which also does not have an end date. It provides flexibility to modify the order as conditions require. It is based on the governor’s science-based indicators, which can be found here, www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/California-Roadmap-to-Modify-the-Stay-at-Home-Order.pdf
I heard that there is a statewide shelter-in-place order. Do I still need to comply with Sonoma County’s order?
Yes. In addition to the statewide order, which can be found at Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the health officer’s order remains in effect. All residents must comply with the restrictions in both the county and state orders. However, with a few exceptions, the County’s Order is the same as the state’s order so it should be easier to navigate between the two.
The community has done a great job complying with the shelter in place orders, which is why the health officer can allow these reopenings to occur. However, with these reopenings, it is especially important that individuals and businesses comply with measures such as social distancing, hygiene, face coverings, limiting the number of customers in stores and restaurants, and screening for symptoms and fevers and staying home if you are sick.
Indoors: Facial coverings are required when inside any building that is not your residence. Physical and social distancing should be maintained in addition to the wearing of facial coverings.
Outdoors: Facial coverings are required only when physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet cannot be maintained with persons outside of your household. It is recommended when outdoors to carry a facial covering in case physical distancing is not possible during the outing.
Yes. The state requires that you wear a facial covering when waiting in a line.
- Children ages 2 yrs and younger
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a facial covering.
- When obtaining a service involving the nose or face, allowing temporary removal.
- When eating or drinking provided they are able to keep at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
- When requested to remove by business for age verification to purchase products including but not limited to: tobacco products, alcohol, & cannabis.
Facial coverings means any fabric or cloth that covers the mouth and nose. The facial covering can be made using household items (including scarves, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, towels, turtlenecks, or other fabric), can be sewn by hand, or factory-made. Further guidance on facial coverings could be found here:
Masks with one-way valves don’t protect others, because they allow respiratory droplets out of the mask, putting others at risk. The purpose of wearing a facial covering it to protect both you and other people nearby.
Yes. A face covering must be worn while visiting an indoor business, including while exercising.
- For more information on facial coverings please see the Sonoma County Health Order on Facial Coverings
- CA State Health Order (PDF)
Do I still need to look at any local recommendations on the Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) website?
The best management practices on the EDB website, So Co Launch, are recommendations for our local businesses and might be helpful as you develop your site-specific plan. However, many were developed before the state started issuing guidance. You must follow state guidance and any specific restrictions in the health orders like requiring face coverings for employees and customers, as well as employee health screening, which can be found at California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Click on this link for information about the SoCo COVID-19 Check for employee screening. The tool provides a seamless process for businesses to implement employee-screening procedures and automatically provides the county with aggregate data that will assist the county’s epidemiologists in monitoring and preventing the transmission of COVID-19.
No, but we encourage you to at least try it out. If you choose an alternative, the county is no longer requiring you to send the County aggregate data from your employee screenings.
Yes. The order’s Appendix A has been updated to reflect the state’s requirements for a Site Specific Plan for all businesses. All businesses, including ones that have been open under prior Health Orders, must use this new template. In addition, all businesses must complete a self-certification process through the Economic Development Board.
While not required, it would be helpful for businesses and faith-based organizations to keep reservation and attendance lists of customers, members and employees for at least one month. Restaurants that don’t operate on a reservation basis are encouraged to do so as a way to keep attendance records. This will help the county’s public health officials with contact tracing in the event of a cluster of cases.
If you want to go back to work, an employer cannot deny you that opportunity just because of your age. However, if you are fearful of being exposed if you do go back to work, you should ask your employer about using medical leave or whether the employer can accommodate your increased risk of COVID-19 by allowing you to tele-work or provide other reasonable accommodations.
Can brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms operate without serving a meal?
What should I do if I think my employer is not providing safe conditions in compliance with the Health Order?
I work for a business that is permitted to operate under the order. Do I need to have a letter from my employer or other documentation to travel?
No. You don’t need to carry official documentation (and the County does not issue any) demonstrating that you work for business that is permitted to operate under the order. Be prepared to explain if requested by law enforcement why your travel is allowed under the order.
Businesses cannot host concerts, performances, entertainment events, or live music of any kind, including solo singers and instrumentalists. A business may have recorded background music that is below the level of normal conversation in conjunction with their standard business operations.
Music level must be low enough to allow staff and patrons to maintain 6 feet distance while being heard.
Limited services are those that don’t require close customer contact and can be provided while maintaining appropriate physical distancing from customers and the public. Limited services may be provided at a business establishment, private residence, or community facility. A list of limited services businesses allowed in Sonoma County can be found here. Limited services can only be provided one-on-one or with members of the same household, and can’t be provided to groups of members of different households.
Before reopening, business operations must comply with the Limited Services guidelines. They also are required to follow State Industry Guidance and Public Health Orders to protect employees and the public, including completion and posting of the Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan.
Casinos in California are owned by tribal governments and are built on tribal-owned lands. State and county public health officials have worked with the sovereign governments to reopen casinos as safely as possible, while keeping infection rates under control.
Local casinos have reconfigured seating at slot machines and gaming tables and require face coverings for guests and employees. Guests will also have their temperature scanned at the doors. As with other business sectors, customers aren’t allowed to visit if they are sick or if they’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
For more information on what measures casinos can take to mitigate the risk of transmission and ways that patrons can best protect themselves, see the following links:
To calculate your business capacity for each of the tiers in California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, use the posted maximum occupancy for your business. If you don’t have one, contact your local fire department or fire district to determine your maximum occupancy.
According to the state’s Blueprint to a Safer Economy, my business is allowed to be open outdoors. How do you define outdoor operations?
Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement. Local permits and licensing requirements may apply.
To find out more information on modifications that may be required for your specific business, please visit state’s Blueprint to a Safer Economy.
Parks & Recreation
Yes, parks may be open for public access at the discretion of the park owner. This now includes both inland parks and coastal parks. Parking lots are open.
Yes. However, some restrooms may remain closed due to maintenance issues. Please check with your parks department to learn about individual park facilities. Some parks might have temporary, portable restrooms available and no hand-washing stations. Please carry your own hand sanitizer.
Please remember to follow safety protocol for all outdoor activities, by making sure you:
- Wear a mask outdoors when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance from non-household members. For more detailed information, see California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.
- Follow protocol for outdoor social gatherings that can be found at CDPH’s Guidance for Private Gatherings prohibiting more than 12 people from 3 households from getting together.
For the latest information on what is allowed for camping and picnicking, you can refer to California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) guidance on Outdoor Playgrounds and other Outdoor Recreational Facilities and Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation. If your plans include gathering outside with those not in your household, please refer CDPH’s Guidance for Private Gatherings.
Yes, it’s okay to go outside to go for a walk, to exercise, and participate in healthy activities as long as you follow proper hygiene and distancing requirements.
The new health order permits groups of 12 people (who do not need to be members of the same household) to engage in outdoor recreation or sports, including at parks, outdoor recreational businesses, outdoor recreational equipment rental businesses, guided or chaperoned outdoor recreational activities.
The order prohibits direct physical contact with other people who aren’t members of your household; no contact sports, tournaments, competitions or other sporting events; and no live audience activities.
Below is a list of some outdoor recreational activities permitted under the Order.
- Throwing a baseball/softball
- BMX biking
- Exploring rock pools
- Horse riding
- Jogging and running
- Kite boarding and kitesurfing
- Outdoor photography
- Outdoor swimming
- Quad biking
- Rock climbing
- Roller skating and rollerblading
- Soft martial arts – tai chi, chi kung
- Tennis and table tennis
- Throwing a football, kicking a soccer ball
- Trail running
- Tree climbing
- Walk the dog
- Wash the car
- Watch the sunrise or sunset
No. Contact sports are still not allowed except amongst members of the same household or living unit. Tournaments and competitions are not allowed.
Yes. As of Tuesday, September 29, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that outdoor community playgrounds operated by a city, state, county, or federal government may open and must comply with the following requirements:
- Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
- Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or when the capacity limit has been reached.
- Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.
- Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.
- No eating or drinking in playground, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.
- Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
- Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground when others are present.
- Limit visit to 30 minutes per day when others are present. View CDPH’s complete list of guidelines.
Park managers may determine on a park-by-park and facility-by-facility basis if they can open and operate tennis courts, disc golf courses, basketball courts, pickleball courts and other shared sports facilities in compliance with social distancing restrictions. Use must be limited to groups not to exceed 12 persons, with adherence to social distancing and face covering requirements. Such activities must involve no direct physical contact, no tournaments, no competitions or other sporting events, and no live audience activities. When used by childcare or summer camp groups, users must ensure that each group of children does not commingle with other groups.
Sports competitions tend to draw people from out of the areas, they raise the likelihood of attracting more than 12 people, and social distancing can be difficult to maintain among both participants and spectators. Sporting activities intended for training and skills development are allowed, with physical distancing and hygiene requirements.
Yes, fishing, boating for sport and commercial fishing are allowed at parks where permitted, both inland and at the coast. Anglers must wear face coverings when they are within 6 feet of other park users. Boat launches both inland and on the coast may be opened.
Determinations on what outdoor recreational activities can operate are covered under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. You can find the most current information by going to COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation.
Activities that are indoors, or are outdoors but involve high-touch equipment, or that encourage group gatherings are considered too risky right now and are generally not allowed. Some examples include:
- Any sports that involve contact if they involve groups of players that are not members of the same household.
- Spectator sports, competitions, tournaments (with or without spectators).
Yes. Sonoma County Regional Parks has restored equestrian access and reopened equestrian parking areas.
Parking fees are determined by individual park agencies. Sonoma County Regional Parks is charging its regular parking fees.
Some school campuses might allow public access for exercise. Please comply with any posted rules about public use, as well as all physical-distancing and hygiene protocols.
You must carry a face covering when you are in a park, and you must wear the covering when you come within 6 feet of other visitors (who are not members of your household.) This rule applies all users, whether walking, hiking, jogging, biking or fishing. For more information, see the Sonoma County health officer’s a href=”https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-facial-coverings/”>order regarding face coverings.
The health order allows sports programs for stable groups of up to 12 children. No physical contact, sports events tournaments, competitions, or live audiences are allowed. These programs must follow the proper guidances: youth sports youth day camps, child care programs, and outdoor recreation businesses. Other guidances that govern sports activities include: Day Camps guidance, Child Care Industry guidance, CDC Youth Sports guidance, Fitness Facilities guidance. For more information on maintaining stable groups/cohorts, see CDC Guidance on Schools and Cohorting.
Sports program providers must follow specific guidelines for their businesses or facilities as well as physical distancing, face covering and hygiene protocols.
Examples of outdoor sports activities that accommodate social distancing include skills training, dribbling, passing or catch between members of the group, shooting, pitching and batting, and playing tennis. See also the State’s FAQs for youth sports.
Children, Childcare, Summer Camps
No. Children may only participate in one camp at a time. Children in the same household may be part of separate, age-appropriate camps.
Yes. Currently, all children are eligible to attend childcare or camps
Face Coverings are not required for children aged 2 years or less because of the risk of suffocation; and are only recommended, but not ordered, for any child aged 12 years or less.
Yes. Programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages for less than 24 hours are allowed for stable groups of 16 or fewer individuals (“stable” means that the same individuals are in the same group each day).
Children are not required to wear face coverings in order to attend childcare facilities. The health officer recommends against facial coverings for children younger than age 2, and it is only recommended (not required) for children age 12 or younger.
Yes, this order allows parents and caregivers to have access to childcare, summer camp programs, and other educational or recreational institutions.
Seniors, Elderly, High-risk
People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 meet the CDC definition of higher risk, including 65 and older, people living in a long-term care facility, or people who have high-risk conditions. Find out https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html
How can I make sure the older Californians in my life are safe and healthy during the stay home order?
Check in on your older neighbors and loved ones with a call, text, or physically distanced visit to make sure they are okay. You can also teach them how to FaceTime, Zoom, Google Duo or use Facebook video to communicate. The most important thing you can do is to keep in touch with older loved ones for their mental health and safety.
I am an older Californian who is isolating at home and I need non-urgent assistance. What can I do?
Call the statewide hotline for older Californians at 833-544-2374 for your non-urgent medical needs, to get meals delivered, track down prescriptions and more. The most important thing you can do is stay home for your health and well-being. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.
Can I leave home to care for my elderly parents or friends who require assistance to care for themselves? Or a friend or family member who has disabilities?
Yes. Be sure that you protect them and yourself by following social distancing guidelines. Be sure to stay away from your loved ones, especially older and immunocompromised individuals, if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
No. Children should remain in the care of those in their household unit and not interact with children of other households when visiting facilities. Places of worship must discontinue activities and services for children (for example, shared play areas) where physical distancing of at least 6 feet can’t be maintained.
Wedding ceremonies (religious or non-religious) are permitted under specific guidelines from the state based on tier assignment under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. You can also search for the allowable activities in each tier for places of worship here. The California Department of Public Health has also published guidelines on social gatherings that apply to all Californians.
Peaceful in-person protests are allowed as long as there are less than 100 people gathered or 25% of the space capacity, whichever is lower. Individuals should wear face coverings and maintain six feet distance. There are many ways for you to express your political views without holding a physical, in-person gathering. For example, you may continue to call or write elected officials, write letters to the editor of news publications, display lawn or window signs, or use online and other electronic media (including Zoom rooms, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and other digital forums) to express your views.
Funeral services and burial services (religious or non-religious) are permitted under specific guidelines from the state based on tier assignment under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. You can also search for the allowable activities in each tier for places of worship here. The California Department of Public Health has also published guidelines on social gatherings that apply to all Californians
All businesses that are involved with human remains (funeral homes, cemeteries, mortuaries, crematoriums, etc.) may continue operations (handling of human remains) in compliance with applicable State and local orders and guidance.
No. Those gatherings are still prohibited, and may be for quite a while. Large gatherings pose a danger of transmission and spread of COVID-19.
Healthcare, Medical, Legal, Personal Care
When may I end my isolation period?
Ending your isolation period depends on specific factors for different situations. Here are the CDC’s recommendations for the following questions and scenarios:
Do I have to get tested?
Your healthcare provider may recommend a test. They will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.
The CDC does not recommend using a test-based strategy for returning to work. Ten days after the symptoms and fever resolve, some people with confirmed COVID-19 will continue to have positive viral tests for several weeks, even though they are otherwise healthy and no longer contagious. This is because you can still have non-contagious dead viruses and viral debris in your system. A symptom-based screening strategy is sufficient to identify when an individual may return to work.
Have you been tested for COVID-19?
Yes. I tested positive for COVID-19 but never developed any symptoms.
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can end your isolation 10 days after your positive viral test for COVID-19.
Yes. I tested positive for COVID-19 and I had symptoms.
You can end your isolation only after you meet these three criteria:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared, AND
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
- COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chills, etc.) have improved.
No. I had COVID-19 symptoms but was not tested.
You can end your isolation only after you meet these three criteria:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared, AND
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
- COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, chills, etc.) have improved.
No, but I have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19
Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after their last exposure to that person.
No, but I have recently been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19. However, I had COVID-19 in the past 3 months and have recovered.
If you remain without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath, etc.), you do not need to isolate.
What if I was severely ill or have a weakened immune system?
I was severely ill with COVID-19.
People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if they recommend a test. Your healthcare provider will let you know if you can resume being around other people based on the results of your testing.
I was ill with COVID-19 and have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication.
Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others. They might need to stay home longer than 10 days, and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if they recommend a test. Your healthcare provider will let you know if you can resume being around other people based on the results of your testing.
See CDC website for additional details.
May my employer require that I get a test to show that I no longer have COVID-19 before returning to work?
The short answer is yes. While not all employers will ask you to provide documentation of a negative test result, “employers may take steps to determine if employees entering the workplace have COVID-19 because an individual with the virus will pose a direct threat to the health of others” (Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).
If you have coronavirus symptoms, please contact your doctor through telehealth or use the symptom screener self-checker. If you have other illnesses or chronic conditions, use telehealth to get care from home.
If you need to go to the hospital, call ahead so they can prepare for your arrival. If you need to call 911, tell the 911 operator the exact symptoms you are experiencing so the ambulance provider can prepare to treat you safely.
People may obtain services at any hospital, clinic, dentist, pharmacy, pharmaceutical or biotechnology/medical device companies, other healthcare facility, healthcare supplier, home healthcare service, behavioral health provider, and any related healthcare service. Check with your provider for any limitations on in-person visits.
Yes. You may leave your home to obtain prescription medications or cannabis from dispensaries.
Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support. They are allowed to shop for, pick up and deliver the items you need. You can also order food and other supplies and have them delivered to your home. If you think you might be eligible for Meals on Wheels, call (707) 525-0143 for more information.
I am a renter. Can the property owner require me to leave in order to show my unit to prospective tenants?
No. While realtors and property owners may have in-person showings, they cannot force you to leave in order to bring prospective tenants into your unit.
What about common areas in apartments, such as elevators, indoor hallways and stairways, or shared laundry rooms?
Yes, attorneys and law firms providing this service are considered essential businesses.
Retail and Other Allowed Services
Yes, all retail business, including indoor retail, shopping malls, strip malls, outlet malls, shopping centers, swap meets, are allowed to operate under specific guidelines from the state based on tier assignment under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. (See the allowable activities in each tier for retail establishments and shopping centers here.)
While out in public, people are encouraged to comply with physical distancing and proper hygiene requirements.
The health officer encourages all retail stores to continue to offer their customers with curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping options. Persons at a higher risk of severe illness for COVID-19 should consider using curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping options.
You can walk your dog. You can go to the vet or pet hospital if your pet is sick. Remember to comply with physical distancing and proper hygiene, https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/stay-healthy/prevention-hygiene.
Can I go to a restaurant, café, coffee or tea shop, ice cream shop, or other food service location?
Yes. These facilities are open within specific guidelines from the state based on tier assignment under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy (See the allowable activities in each tier for these establishments here)
They are encouraged to offer their customers curbside pickup, drive-thru, or to-go options.
Yes, facials and other similar treatments are allowed at this time, per the latest state and county health orders. Your treatment provider should wear a face shield for eye protection and a face covering. Wear a mask when you can during the treatment, such as when your neck or forehead are being worked on.
You may leave your home to work at any business or other entity that is allowed to open, to patronize local businesses, or to care for friends or family members who require assistance. You may also leave your home to walk your dog, to engage in physical recreation, or simply to get some fresh air, as long as you maintain physical distancing and comply with the face covering requirements.
If you previously rented a room in your home for short-term stays, you can now rent it out based on modifications outlined in California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Hotels, Lodging, and Short-Term Rentals.
No. Hotel, lodging, and short-term rental operations with large meeting venues, banquet halls, or convention centers can only open only under specific guidelines from the state based on tier assignment under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. (See the allowable activities in each tier for these establishments here.)
Sonoma County’s health officer strongly recommends that individuals avoid traveling long distances for vacations or pleasure as much as possible. This is to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Please use the CDC Deciding to Go Out decision-making tool to help you make a personal decision about the risk of any given activity. If you decide to travel, please comply with CDC Guidance for Travel within the United States.
You may not travel if you’re sick, sheltering with someone who is sick or has had coronavirus symptoms in the last two weeks. Remember, to use a facial covering, physical distancing and proper hygiene methods.
Facial coverings are not required when working outdoors and when social distancing 6 feet apart can be maintained. The facial covering requirements are found in Appendix B of the Order found here.
Your Social Distancing Protocol (Appendix A) must be updated to address required guidance from the state. That guidance includes more elements of the prior Construction Field Safety Requirements. Find out the guidance information here. Also, there is a construction business checklist available here.