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Order of the Health Officer C19-09: Shelter-in-Place Extended

Order of the Health Officer C19-09: Shelter-in-Place Extended

Order of the Health Officer C19-09: Shelter-in-Place Extended 120 120 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

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No. C19-09
Extending the Shelter-in-Place Order No. C19-05 Beyond May 3, 2020

DATE OF ORDER: May 1, 2020

Appendix A – Social Distancing Protocol »
Appendix B – COVID-19 Construction Field Safety Requirements »
Appendix C – Golf Site Requirements »
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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:

  1. This Order shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020 and will continue until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer or the State Health Officer. This Order, among other changes, reduces Shelter In Place restrictions in a number of important employment areas including construction, landscaping services, and nurseries. This loosening of restrictions is possible because of the significant interruption of community transmission of the virus due to compliance with the Order in Sonoma County. Shelter in Place has worked to save lives and maintain healthcare system capacity. Like the Governor’s Executive Order (N-33-20), this Order does not have a specific end date so that we can respond and make modifications as necessary (either loosening or tightening restrictions) as changes in the data and state orders may dictate.
  2. This Order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference, the April 28, 2020 Order of the Health Officer No. C19-10; the April 13, 2020 Order of the Health Officer No. C19-07; 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
  3. There is not a precise timeline for modifying or rescinding this Order. The Critical Indicators the State Will Consider Before Modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and Other COVID-19 Interventions will serve as the framework for making that decision. California’s indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are as follows:
    • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through aggressive testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
    • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
    • The ability to reduce infection spread so that it is decreasing in the community;
    • The ability of the hospital and health systems to have sufficient bed and ICU capacity to handle surges;
    • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
    • The ability to obtain sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and health system to handle surges;
    • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
    • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

    https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/California-Roadmap-to-Modify-the-Stay-at-Home-Order.pdf

  4. This Order supersedes the March 31, 2020 Shelter in Place Order of the Health Officer (C19-05) directing all individuals to shelter in place (“Prior Order”). This Order amends, clarifies, and extends certain terms of the Prior Order to ensure continued social distancing and limit person-to-person contact to reduce the rate of transmission of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). This Order continues to restrict most activity, travel, and governmental and business functions. But in light of progress achieved in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the County of Sonoma (the “County”) and neighboring counties, the Order allows a limited number of additional lower risk Essential Businesses to resume operating. This initial, measured resumption of those activities is designed to keep the overall volume of person-to-person contact very low to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases in the County and neighboring counties. The activities allowed by this Order will be assessed on an ongoing basis and may need to be modified if the risk associated with COVID-19 increases in the future. As of the effective date and time of this Order set forth in Section 1 above, all individuals, businesses, and government agencies in the County are required to follow the provisions of this Order.
  5. The intent of this Order is to ensure that County residents continue to shelter in their places of residence to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on delivery of critical healthcare services. This Order allows a limited number of additional essential business activities to resume while the Health Officer continues to assess the transmissibility and clinical severity of COVID-19 and monitors indicators described above in Section 3. The provisions in this Order are based, in part, on the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20, which prohibits non-essential businesses from operating, and on minimizing situations where the virus can spread, including based on the proximity and duration of contacts otherwise likely to occur. All provisions of this Order must be interpreted to effectuate this intent of minimizing spread of the virus, maintaining the capacity of Sonoma County’s healthcare system, and maintaining functions (e.g. food, shelter, outdoor activity, and medical care) essential for life. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this Order constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health.
  6. All individuals currently living within the County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. They may leave their residence only for Essential Activities as defined in Section 16.a, Essential Governmental Functions as defined in Section 16.d, Essential Travel as defined in Section 16.i, to work for Essential Businesses as defined in Section 16.f, or to perform Minimum Basic Operations for other businesses that must remain temporarily closed, as provided in Section 16.g. For clarity, individuals who do not currently reside in the County must comply with all applicable requirements of the Order when in the County. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this Section, but are strongly urged to obtain shelter, and governmental and other entities are strongly urged to, as soon as possible, provide restroom and hand washing facilities for individuals in such encampments To the greatest extent feasible, the County of Sonoma, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, local governmental entities, and private nonprofits should, if not already in place, establish Emergency Non-Congregate Sheltering (NCS) solutions for (1) individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been exposed to COVID-19, that do not require hospitalization but need isolation or quarantine, and (2) individuals who are asymptomatic, but are at “high-risk,” such as people over 65 or who have certain underlying health conditions (respiratory, compromised immunities, chronic disease), and who require Emergency NCS as a social distancing measure, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  7. When people need to leave their place of residence for the limited purposes allowed in this Order, they must strictly comply with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements as defined in Section 16.k, except as expressly provided in this Order, and must comply with Health Officer Order No. C19-07 (the “Facial Covering Order”). The County of Sonoma encourages parents and childcare providers to follow the guidance of the American Association of Pediatrics when masking children over two years of age. https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/masks-and-children-during-covid-19/
  8. All businesses with a facility in the County, except Essential Businesses, as defined in Section 16, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in Section 16. For clarity, all businesses may continue operations consisting exclusively of owners, personnel, volunteers, or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). All Essential Businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open. But all businesses are directed to maximize the number of personnel who work from home. Essential Businesses may only assign those personnel who cannot perform their job duties from home to work outside the home. All Essential Businesses shall prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol at each of their facilities at which they are maintaining operations, as specified in Section 16.h. Businesses that include an Essential Business component at their facilities alongside non-essential components must, to the extent feasible, scale down their operations to the Essential Business component only; provided, however, that mixed retail businesses that are otherwise allowed to operate under this Order may continue to stock and sell non-essential products. Essential businesses must follow industry-specific guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) related to COVID-19.
  9. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes expressly permitted in this Order. The Health Officer does not anticipate permitting private or public mass gatherings in the immediate future but will be continuing to reassess based upon infection rate and data related to the State’s critical reopening indicators stated in Section 3. Nothing in this Order prohibits those living together in a single household or living unit from engaging in Essential Travel or Essential Activities together.
  10. All travel, except Essential Travel and Essential Activities as defined below in Section 16, is prohibited. People may use public transit only for purposes of performing Essential Activities, or to travel to and from work for Essential Businesses, to maintain Essential Governmental Functions, or to perform Minimum Basic Operations at non-essential businesses. Transit agencies and people riding on public transit must comply with Social Distancing Requirements, as defined in Section 16.k, to the greatest extent feasible, and personnel and passengers must wear Facial Coverings as required by the Facial Covering Order. This Order allows travel into or out of the County only to perform Essential Activities, to operate or perform work for Essential Businesses, to maintain Essential Governmental Functions, or to perform Minimum Basic Operations at non-essential businesses.
  11. This Order is issued based on evidence of continued significant 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 disease 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. Further, evidence shows that the virus can survive for hours to days on surfaces and be indirectly transmitted between individuals. Because even people without symptoms can transmit the infection, and because evidence shows the infection is easily spread, gatherings and other direct or indirect interpersonal interactions can result in preventable transmission of the virus.
  12. The collective shelter in place and related 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. As of May 1, 2020, there are 244 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the County (up from 6 confirmed cases on March 17, 2020, just before the first shelter-in-place order). Evidence suggests that the restrictions on mobility and social distancing requirements imposed by the Prior Order (and the March 17, 2020 shelter-in-place order) are slowing the rate of increase in community transmission and confirmed cases by limiting interactions among people, consistent with scientific evidence of the efficacy of similar measures in other parts of the country and world.
  13. 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. Extension of the Prior Order is necessary to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease, preserving critical and limited healthcare capacity in the County and advancing toward a point in the public health emergency where transmission can be controlled. At the same time, since the Prior 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 Essential Businesses to operate in the County including some outdoor businesses that, by virtue of their operation outdoors, carry a lower risk of transmission.
  14. This Order comes after the release of substantial guidance from the Health Officer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, and other public health officials throughout the United States and around the world, including the widespread adoption of orders imposing similar social distancing requirements and mobility restrictions to combat the spread and harms of COVID-19. The Health Officer will continue to assess the quickly evolving situation and may modify or extend this Order, or issue additional Orders, related to COVID-19, as changing circumstances dictate.
  15. This Order is also issued in light of the March 19, 2020 Order of the State Public Health Officer (the “State Shelter Order”), which set baseline statewide restrictions on non-residential business activities, effective until further notice, as well as the Governor’s March 19, 2020 Executive Order N-33-20 directing California residents to follow the State Shelter Order. This Order adopts in certain respects more stringent restrictions addressing the particular facts and circumstances in this County, which are necessary to control the public health emergency as it is evolving within the County and the Bay Area. Without this tailored set of restrictions that further reduces the number of interactions between persons, scientific evidence indicates that the public health crisis in the County will worsen to the point at which it may overtake available health care resources within the County and increase the death rate. Also, this Order enumerates additional restrictions on non-work-related travel not covered by the State Shelter Order; sets forth mandatory Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements for all individuals in the County when engaged in activities outside their residences; and adds a mechanism to ensure that all Essential Businesses with facilities that are allowed to operate under the Order comply with the Social Distancing and Hygiene Protocol. 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 and the Health Officer Practice Guide for Communicable Disease Control in California, except where the State Health Officer may issue an order expressly directed at this Order and based on a finding that a provision of this Order constitutes a menace to public health, any more restrictive measures in this Order continue to apply and control in this County.
  16. Definitions and Exemptions.
    1. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following “Essential Activities.” But people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care or Essential Governmental Functions. 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/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html) Essential Activities are:
      1. To engage in activities or perform tasks important to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
      2. To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family, household members, and pets, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as, by way of example only and without limitation, canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food and supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the habitability, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
      3. To engage in outdoor recreation activity, including, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, bicycling, and running, in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements and with the following limitations:
        1. Outdoor recreational activity at “Parks” must comply with the April 28, 2020 Order of the Health Officer No. C19-10. Parks means an area of land, beach or water open to the public for recreation, including but not limited to walking, hiking, biking, relaxing, boating, fishing, and playing, regardless of ownership.
        2. Outdoor recreational activity at golf courses and golf driving ranges shall be subject to maximum compliance with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements set forth in this Order and the Golf Site Requirements in Appendix C. The owner or manager of each golfing site shall provide security or patrolling, and shall be responsible for ensuring golfers’ compliance with the Social Distancing and Golf Site
      4. To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order, including Minimum Basic Operations.
      5. To provide necessary care for a family member or pet in another household who has no other source of care.
      6. To attend a funeral with no more than 10 individuals present.
      7. To move residences, but only if it is not possible to defer an already planned move, if the move is necessitated by safety, sanitation, or habitability reasons, or if the move is necessary to preserve access to shelter. When moving into or out of the Bay Area region, individuals are strongly urged to quarantine for 14 days. To quarantine, individuals should follow the guidance of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    2. For the purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for, volunteer at, or obtain services at “Healthcare Operations,” including, without limitation, hospitals, clinics, COVID-19 testing locations, dentists, pharmacies, blood banks and blood drives, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services. “Healthcare Operations” also includes veterinary care and all healthcare services provided to animals. This exemption for Healthcare Operations shall be construed broadly to avoid any interference with the delivery of healthcare, broadly defined. “Healthcare Operations” excludes fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities.
    3. For the purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operation, maintenance, construction or repair of “Essential Infrastructure,” including airports, utilities (including water, sewer/septic, gas, electrical), oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste facilities (including collection, removal, disposal, recycling, and processing facilities), cemeteries, mortuaries, crematoriums, food production and supply expansion, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for internet, computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services).
    4. For the purposes of this Order, all first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement personnel, and others who need to perform essential services are categorically exempt from this Order to the extent they are performing those essential services. Further, nothing in this Order shall prohibit any individual from performing or accessing “Essential Governmental Functions,” as determined by the governmental entity performing those functions in the County. Each governmental entity shall identify and designate appropriate employees, volunteers, or contractors to continue providing and carrying out any Essential Governmental Functions, including the hiring or retention of new employees or contractors to perform such functions. Each governmental entity and its contractors must employ all necessary emergency protective measures to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and all Essential Governmental Functions shall be performed in compliance with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements to the greatest extent feasible.
    5. For the purposes of this Order, a “business” includes any for-profit, non-profit, religious organizations, 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.
    6. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
      1. Healthcare Operations and businesses that operate, maintain, or repair Essential Infrastructure;
      2. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of unprepared food, canned food, dry goods, non-alcoholic beverages, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, as well as hygienic products and household consumer products necessary for personal hygiene or the habitability, sanitation, or operation of residences. The businesses included in this subparagraph (ii) include establishments that sell multiple categories of products provided that they sell a significant amount of essential products identified in this subparagraph, such as liquor stores that also sell a significant amount of food. Farmer’s markets shall comply with CDPH Guidance regarding Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues issued March 16, 2020;
      3. Businesses engaged in the production, cultivation, processing, testing, or distribution of food, beverage, or other agricultural products. These businesses shall be closed to the public, except that retail sales to the public may occur via curbside pick-up, delivery, shipping, farm and produce stands, or farmer’s markets (see Subsection 16.f.ii. of this Order), where otherwise allowed by law. Such businesses include agriculture, farming, ranching, florists, fishing, dairies, creameries, wineries, breweries, and licensed cannabis businesses;
      4. Businesses that are necessary to support businesses described in Subsection 16.f.iii. above, including but not limited to farm management companies, food and beverage processing, equipment dealerships, fuel companies and deliveries, mobile and fixed mechanics, agricultural transportation services, and companies providing seeds, nursery stock, fertilizer, livestock feed, and crop production products;
      5. Businesses providing food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
      6. Businesses providing construction services, in compliance with the Construction Field Safety Requirements at Appendix B to this Order.
        1. “Construction services” means services to build, expand, maintain, operate, repair, replace, remodel, retrofit or refurbish the exterior of any structure, or the interior of any unoccupied structure, and includes services needed to support construction activity including, for example, environmental review work, land-surveying, painting, plumbing, electrical, roofing, drywall, fencing, paving, fixture installation, inspection, and similar services;
        2. “Unoccupied structure” means a new or existing structure that no person inhabits or accesses for the duration of the construction activity, except for persons performing the construction or construction support services.
      7. Construction in an occupied structure necessary to ensure that a structure is safe, sanitary, or habitable when in strict compliance with the Construction Field Safety Requirements at Appendix B to this Order. This subsection does not limit the construction services allowed under Subsection 16.f.vi above. Repair or construction in an occupied structure to make the structure safe, sanitary, and/or habitable, must comply with applicable federal, state, and local code requirements, and may not involve expansion of a structure. Such work, includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:
        1. Provision of a working bathroom.
        2. Provision of an operable kitchen.
        3. Heating and ventilation work necessary to maintain operable systems.
        4. Electrical work needed to supply electricity and to maintain a safe electrical system.
        5. Plumbing work needed for use of bathroom or kitchen or to correct any hazardous plumbing conditions.
        6. Painting needed to maintain clean and sanitary walls and ceilings free from mildew, mold, dampness, and vermin, and this painting work may address damage, including smoke damage.
        7. Carpet or flooring replacement needed to maintain sanitary floor coverings or address damage from mildew, mold, dampness and vermin.
        8. Work needed to repair weather protection of roof and exterior walls, including fixing or replacing broken windows and doors.
        9. Other repair work to fix damage or address health hazards, including vector control and life safety work.
        10. Construction or repair work necessary to ensure access for individuals with a disability or other physical limitations.
      8. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
      9. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair and automotive dealerships (including but not limited to for cars, trucks, motorcycles and motorized scooters);
      10. Bicycle shops for sales and repairs;
      11. Banks and related financial institutions;
      12. Service providers that enable residential transactions (including rentals, leases, and home sales), including but not limited to real estate agents, escrow agents, notaries, and title companies. Residential viewings should occur virtually as much as possible. In person residential viewings shall be by appointment only, and shall be limited to two visitors (from the same household or living unit) and one individual showing the unit. In person visits are not allowed when the occupant is still residing in the residence unless gloves, facial coverings, and shoe coverings are worn during the visit, there is no contact with staging items or personal property during the showing, and the seller or landlord cleans the property after the visit with products on the Environmental Protection Agency’s approved list of disinfectants, paying attention to any areas that may be commonly touched, such as door knobs, handles, counter tops, and staging items;
      13. Hardware stores;
      14. Service providers that provide outdoor services, such as arborists, landscapers, gardeners, pool maintenance, and environmental site remediation services.
      15. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
      16. Educational institutions—including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities—for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;
      17. Laundromats, drycleaners, and laundry service providers;
      18. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for drive-thru, delivery, or carry out. Schools and other entities that typically provide free food services to students or members of the public may continue to do so under this Order on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and take-away basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site. Food trucks shall comply with CDPH Guidance regarding Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues issued March 16, 2020;
      19. Funeral home providers, mortuaries, cemeteries, and crematoriums, to the extent necessary for the transport, preparation, or processing of bodies or remains;
      20. Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, but only to the extent that they support or supply these Essential Businesses. This exemption shall not be used as a basis for engaging in sales to the general public from retail storefronts;
      21. Businesses that have the primary function of shipping or delivering groceries, food, or other goods directly to residences or businesses. This exemption shall not be used to allow for manufacturing or assembly of non-essential products or for other functions besides those necessary to the delivery operation;
      22. Airlines, taxis, rental car companies, rideshare services (including shared bicycles and scooters), and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
      23. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
      24. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;
      25. Professional services, such as legal, notary, or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with non-elective, legally required activities or in relation to death or incapacity;
      26. Services to assist individuals in finding employment with Essential Businesses;
      27. Moving services that facilitate residential or commercial moves that are allowed under this Order;
      28. Childcare facilities providing services that enable owners, employees, volunteers, and contractors for Essential Businesses, Healthcare Operations, or Essential Governmental Functions to work are permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following conditions:
        1. Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day).
        2. Children shall not change from one group to another.
        3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
        4. Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
        5. Facial Coverings are not required for children younger than age two (2). For children two (2) years of age or older, the Health Officer encourages parents and childcare providers to follow the guidance of the American Association of Pediatrics when masking children over two years of age. (https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/masks-and-children-during-covid-19/). Facial Covering practices should be consistent with the cognitive and developmental capabilities of the child when in a childcare setting. Naptime is an exception to the masking requirement as children should not be masked when they are sleeping; napping children should observe social distancing (nap 6 feet apart).
      29. Short-term lodging facilities (including short-term rentals, vacation rentals, timeshares, hotels, motels, and other short-term lodgings) only to the extent they provide: (1) lodging to protect the County homeless population, (2) lodging for County residents who have been displaced and cannot return to their residence because there is a person residing at their residence that must isolate or quarantine or is at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, as defined in this Section 16.a. above, (3) lodging for County residents who need to isolate or quarantine, (4) housing support for Healthcare Operations, Essential Infrastructure, Essential Businesses, and Essential Governmental Functions (i.e. housing traveling nurses or government contractors). Short-term lodging facilities shall not operate for tourism. No homeowner, agent of the homeowner, property manager, marketing agent, listing agent, or real estate agent shall engage in efforts to rent or lease any short-term lodging facilities within the County for any other purpose;
      30. Faith-based organizations may provide social services as provided for in Subsection 16.f.v. above, and they may provide counseling and host religious services through virtual streaming or similar technology; and
      31. Nurseries.
    7. 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:
      1. 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; provide for the delivery of existing inventory directly to residences or businesses; and related functions.
      2. 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.
    8. For the purposes of this Order, all Essential Businesses must prepare and post a “Social Distancing and Hygiene Protocol” for each of their facilities in the County frequented by the public or employees. The Social Distancing Protocol must be substantially in the form attached to this Order as Appendix A. Construction businesses shall additionally comply with, and incorporate into its Social Distancing Protocol, the COVID-19 Construction Field Safety Requirements attached to this Order as Appendix B. The Social Distancing Protocol 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 must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility. All Essential Businesses shall implement the Social Distancing Protocol and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand. The Social Distancing Protocol must explain how the business is achieving the following, as applicable:
      1. 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 Essential Business activity;
      2. Where lines may form at a facility, marking six-foot increments at a minimum, establishing where individuals should stand to maintain adequate social distancing;
      3. 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 personnel, and in locations where there is high-frequency employee interaction with members of the public (e.g. cashiers);
      4. 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;
      5. Regularly disinfecting other high-touch surfaces;
      6. Posting a sign at the entrance of the facility informing all personnel and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have any COVID-19 symptoms; 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
      7. 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).
    9. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Travel” means travel for any of the following purposes:
      1. Travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, and Minimum Basic Operations.
      2. Travel to care for any elderly, minors, dependents, or persons with disabilities.
      3. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
      4. Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the County.
      5. Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
      6. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the County. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the County remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.
      7. Travel to manage after-death arrangements and burial.
      8. Travel to arrange for shelter or avoid homelessness.
      9. Travel to avoid domestic violence or child abuse.
      10. Travel for parental custody arrangements.
      11. Travel to a place to temporarily reside in a residence or other facility to avoid potentially exposing others to COVID-19, such as a hotel or other facility provided by a governmental authority for such purposes.
    10. For purposes of this Order, “residences” include hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities. Residences also include living structures and outdoor spaces associated with those living structures, such as patios, porches, backyards, and front yards that are only accessible to a single family or household unit. Hotels, motels and short term rentals are subject to the restrictions in Section 16.f.xxix above.
    11. For purposes of this Order, “Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements” means:
      1. Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from individuals who are not part of the same household or living unit;
      2. 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;
      3. Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or fabric or, if not possible, into the sleeve or elbow (but not into hands);
      4. Wearing a facial covering when out in public, consistent with the Facial Covering Order; and
      5. Avoiding all social interaction outside the household when sick with a fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms.
    12. All individuals must strictly comply with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements, except 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 Essential Businesses, Essential Governmental Functions, or provide for Minimum Basic Operations; or as otherwise expressly provided in this Order.
    13. 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 County Counsel to answer such questions.
  17. 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).
  18. 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, 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 Subsection 16.l. 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.
  19. The County is ordered to establish an Operations Center, implement all emergency protective orders, implement all health officer orders, and implement the County’s pandemic response.
  20. The Health Officer has determined that this Order, and its prior Orders, were and are necessary because cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed throughout Sonoma 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.
  21. The Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements and Appendices in this Order establish minimum requirements. The Health Officer, in consultation with the Economic Development Board and industry representatives, may develop and establish additional sector specific social distancing and health/safety standards and best practices. Until such sector specific standards and best practices are established, industries should review any relevant sector specific COVID-19 guidance or regulations issued by Federal, California, or Sonoma County governmental agencies in order to develop and implement their own best practices, in addition to complying with the Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements and Appendices in this Order.
  22. 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
  23. 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:

Dr. Sundari R. Mase, MD MPH
Health Officer of the County of Sonoma

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This Order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020 and will continue in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the Health Officer.

This Order aligns with the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order, which also does not have an end date at this time.  It provides flexibility to modify the Order (loosen or restrict) as conditions require.  Modifications to this Order will be based upon the Governor’s stated science-based indicators of when it will be safe to lift the shelter-in-place restrictions and Sonoma County specific developments. Those indicators are:

  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through aggressive testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
  • The ability to reduce infection spread so that it is decreasing in the community;
  • The ability of the hospital and health systems to have sufficient bed and ICU capacity to handle surges;
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
  • The ability to obtain sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and health system to handle surges;
  • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

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Yes. In addition to the statewide order, the County Health Officer’s Order remains in effect. All residents must comply with the restrictions in both the County and State Orders. If the restrictions in the two orders are different, you must comply with the stricter of the two orders.

The State Order sets minimum statewide restrictions that applies to all parts of California from Del Norte to San Diego County.

The County Order is more stringent (in certain provisions) than the State Order in order to address our particular facts, circumstances, and challenges. Our order is necessary to control the public health emergency as it is evolving within our County. Without this tailored set of restrictions, scientific evidence indicates that the public health crisis in the County will worsen to the point at which it may overtake available health care resources within our County and increase the death rate.

Where there is a conflict between the County Order and the State Order, then the more restrictive provision controls.

The Health Officer is closely monitoring changing conditions and will modify restrictions based upon the following critical indicators and in compliance with California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap (see next FAQ for summary of Roadmap).  The critical indicators that the Health Officer is closely monitoring are:

  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through aggressive testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
  • The ability to reduce infection spread so that it is decreasing in the community;
  • The ability of the hospital and health systems to have sufficient bed and ICU capacity to handle surges;
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
  • The ability to obtain sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) for hospitals and health system to handle surges;
  • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

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On May 7, 2020, the Governor announced the California will be moving forward into the initial stages of Stage 2 of California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap.  The Governor has allowed counties the ability to move into the first phase of Stage 2.  The initial phase of Stage 2 allows retail businesses (such as bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores) to conduct retail sales (including retails sales from shopping malls, strip malls, and outlets) by curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping.  In addition, the Governor now allows manufacturing, supply chain, and logistical support businesses that support retail businesses to operate.  The Amendment aligns Sonoma County with the Governor’s initial phase of Stage 2.

California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap is risk-assessment based approach to reopening businesses, schools, and activities statewide by starting with reopening sectors and activities (with modifications) that have a low risk of transmitting COVID-19. The Roadmap is broken into four stages, which are:

  • Stage 1: Safety and PreparednessCounty and private organizations are working together to make it more consistently safe for essential workers, like grocery store employees or nurses.  Those workers may need more protective equipment and a more robust testing and tracing system.
  • Stage 2: Lower Risk WorkplacesSome lower-risk businesses and public spaces can reopen, also with modifications to allow for distancing.  Those include workplaces like factories, office based businesses with more spaced-out work stations, or nongrocery retail stores, but with curbside pickup.  Schools and child care facilities also would be reopened during this phase.
  • Stage 3: Higher Risk WorkplacesHigher-risk businesses will be able to reopen — again, with modifications.  This includes nail and hair salons, gyms, movie theaters and sports without live audiences, as well as in-person religious services.
  • Stage 4: End of Stay-at-Home OrderThe end of the state’s stay-at-home order.  That will be when concerts, conventions and sports with a live crowd will be allowed to reopen.

California is now in the initial phase of Stage 2, which allows retail businesses (such as bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores) to conduct retail sales by curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping.  In addition, the Governor now allows manufacturing, supply chain, and logistical support businesses that support retail businesses to operate.  All businesses must operate consistent with sector specific guidance issued by the State.

More information about California’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap Update, including sector specific guidance, can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/

The State has criteria that counties must meet in order to move faster than the State through Stage 2.  In order to accelerate further into stage 2, Sonoma County would need to demonstrate, and the Health Officer must attest to the State for review, that we meet all of the State’s criteria, which are:

  1. No more than one (1) COVID-19 positive case per 10,000 people in the last fourteen (14) days;
  2. No COVID-19 death in the past fourteen (14) days;
  3. Ability to support employees when sick or exposed;
  4. Availability of disinfectant supplies and protective gear;
  5. Minimum daily testing of 1.5 per 1,000 residents;
  6. At least fifteen (15) contact tracers per 100,000 residents;
  7. Ability to temporarily house at least 15% of county residents experiencing homelessness;
  8. County or regional capacity to accommodate a minimum surge of 35% in new COVID-19 patients;
  9. Hospital facilities must have a robust plan to protect hospital workforce;
  10. Skilled nursing facilities must have more than fourteen (14) day supply of PPE on hand for staff with ongoing procurement from non-state supply chains; and
  11. County metrics that serve as triggers for either slowing the pace through state 2 or tightening modifications.

Important progress has been made, but Sonoma County does not meet all of the Governor’s criteria for stage 2 accelerated openings.  Specifically, the County needs more time to demonstrate a low prevalence of COVID-19 and no COVID-19 deaths in the last 14 days.  The County is close to meeting this criteria, and will continuously review for eligibility to expand business reopening.

More information about the State’s criteria can be found here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID-19-County-Variance-Attestation-Memo.aspx

This Order continues to require that most people stay home unless engaged in “essential activities” or “essential businesses”.  The updated Order expands “essential businesses and activities” and now:

  • Permits more construction and construction support services.
  • Permits faith based organizations to provide social services as provided for in Subsection 16.f.v. of the order, and allows counseling and host religious services through virtual streaming or similar technology.
  • Permits arborists, landscapers, gardeners, pool maintenance, and environmental site remediation services.
  • Permit gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair and automotive dealerships to allow retail sales.
  • Permits bicycle shops for sales and repairs.
  • Permits nurseries for retail sales.
  • Permits Professional services, such as legal, notary, or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with non-elective, legally required activities or in relation to death or incapacity.
  • Allows golf courses and driving ranges to operate, subject to the Golf Site Requirements, attached as Appendix C to the Order.
  • Clarifies that facial coverings are encouraged (but not required) for children in childcare facilities.
  • Requires that outdoor recreational activity at “Parks” must comply with the May 12, 2020 Order of the Health Officer No. C19-11. Parks means an area of land, beach or water open to the public for recreation, including but not limited to walking, hiking, biking, irrespective of ownership.

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:

Those gatherings are still prohibited, and may be for quite a while.  The Health Officer does not anticipate permitting private or public mass gatherings in the immediate future but will be continuing to reassess.

All first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, county workers responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders, and dependent adults, and law enforcement are exempt from this Order.

This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of the coronavirus in our community.  There are cases of community transmission of the virus, which is easily spread between people.  The data shows that the Shelter in Place Orders have succeeded in flattening the curve of the rate of transmission, which is critically important to enable our health care system to effectively treat patients and save lives.  If those restrictions are lifted too soon, the progress we have made in the community to combat this disease will be erased and we will have to return to tighter restrictions.

If we succeed in keeping the number of cases from spiking, it means that there will be health care available for those who get sick with COVID-19 or who need emergency medical care for accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and other routine medical conditions.  The Order also protects everyone’s ability to seek emergency health care when needed.

Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the situation from getting much worse in a matter of days or weeks.  Every hour counts.  We need and appreciate the cooperation of everyone who lives and works in Sonoma County to act immediately.

If your work is not an essential business you are not allowed to go to work and your employer is not allowed to require you to attend except to sustain Minimum Basic Operations as defined in the order.  You may work from home if your work allows.

If you think your employer is violating your rights as an employee you may contact the Department of Industrial Relations – Labor Commissioner at https://www.dir.ca.gov.  You may also call your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency line to report the violation.

Under the Health Officer Order C19-05, Paragraph 7, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited with some limited exceptions.

While a School Board Meeting can and should occur, because this would be an open meeting with members of the public, the meeting should be held virtually in order to avoid a public gathering.

The model being used by the weekly Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meetings is an example that allows for public comment via email submission, call-in line message or live via virtual participation.

Yes.  The intent of this Order is to ensure that people remain in their residences and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family unit.  You may leave your residence for reasons specified in the Order, such as to perform work at an Essential Business (or at a nonessential business performing Basic Minimum Operations). You are allowed to leave your home for specified reasons to make sure you have the necessities of life such as getting food and medical supplies.

You are also allowed to go outside to take care of pets, go on a walk, play golf, hike near your house, or go biking, so long as you do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people.  Outdoor recreational activity at “Parks” must comply with the May 12, 2020 Order of the Health Officer No. C19-11.  Parks means an area of land, beach or water open to the public for recreation, including but not limited to walking, hiking, biking, relaxing, boating, fishing, and playing, regardless of ownership.

There are other specified restrictions in Order No. C19-11, such as the closure of “high touch” equipment or facilities that encourage gatherings, such as playgrounds, pools, picnic areas, drinking fountains, and barbecue areas. The use of other shared facilities can be permitted, if the shared uses are limited to members of the same household, and other pertinent restrictions are followed. See Order No. C19-11 for detail.

Coastal parks remain closed to vehicular access for the time being.

If you are sick you should self-isolate, including, to the extent you can, from others you live with.

This Order is a legal Order issued under the authority of California law. You are required to comply, and it is a misdemeanor not to follow the Order punishable by fine, imprisonment or both (although the intent is not for anyone to get in trouble). It is critical for everyone to follow the Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect themselves, their loved ones, friends, neighbors and the whole community.

The expectation is that people will shelter in their primary residence or their second home, but not move between them.  The individual should choose which residence to shelter in and stay put for the duration of the shelter in place order.  Individuals must not leave their primary residence to travel to another residence or vacation home.

A home-based day care is considered a childcare facility and must comply with the mandatory requirements for operation of such facilities under the Order.

 

The requirements for childcare facilities are:

  • Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day).
  • Children shall not change from one group to another.
  • If there are more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other.
  • Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
  • Facial Coverings are not required for children younger than age two (2).
  • The Health Officer encourages (but doesn’t require) facial coverings for children two (2) years of age or older while they are in a childcare facility.
  • The Health Officer encourages parents and childcare providers to follow the guidance of the American Association of Pediatrics when masking children over two years of age. (https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/masks-and-children-during-covid-19/).
  • Facial Covering practices should be consistent with the cognitive and developmental capabilities of the child when in a childcare setting.
  • Naptime is an exception to the facial covering requirement as children should not be masked when they are sleeping; napping children should observe social distancing (nap 6 feet apart).

 

 

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance. These businesses should also regularly check CDC guidance for Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open for best practices. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html

Yes, this Amendment 2 to C19-09 allows all parents and caregivers to have access to childcare.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance. These businesses should also regularly check CDC guidance for Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open for best practices. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html

Children are not required to wear facial coverings in order to attend childcare facilities.

The Health Officer recommends against facial coverings for children younger than age two (2).

For children two (2) years of age or older, the Health Officer encourages (but does not require) parents and childcare providers to follow the guidance of the American Association of Pediatrics when masking children over two years of age.  (https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/masks-and-children-during-covid-19/).  Facial Covering practices should be consistent with the cognitive and developmental capabilities of the child when in a childcare setting.  Naptime is an exception to the masking requirement as children should not be masked when they are sleeping; napping children should observe social distancing (nap 6 feet apart).

No, at this time they are not permitted; the Health Officer will revisit this issue based upon infection rate and data related to the State’s critical reopening indicators.

The following is a list of activities that are considered essential:

  • To engage in activities or perform tasks important to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets). For example, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
  • To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family, household members, and pets, or to deliver those services or supplies to others. For example, obtaining canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food and supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the habitability, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
  • To engage in outdoor recreation activity. For example, walking, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and running, in compliance with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements and with the following limitations:
    1. Outdoor recreational activity at “Parks” must comply with the May 12, 2020 Order of the Health Officer No. C19-11.  Parks means an area of land, beach or water open to the public for recreation, including but not limited to walking, hiking, biking, relaxing, boating, fishing, and playing, regardless of ownership.
  1. “High touch” equipment or facilities that encourage gatherings, such as playgrounds, pools, picnic areas, dog parks, drinking fountains, and barbecue areas must remain closed.
  2. Shared facilities such as tennis, bocce and pickle ball courts, water sports, sports fields, climbing walls, shooting and archery ranches, disc golf, basketball courts, and boat launches are closed unless, on a Park by Park basis, the Park owner determines that the particular facility can safely be operated consistent with social distancing and hygiene requirements of this Order. If any such facilities are opened, they may only be used by individuals alone or in a group comprised solely of individuals from the same household.
  3. Bodega Bay coastal boat launch ramps are open for the purpose of fishing for food production.
  4. To avoid overcrowding, Coastal Zone Parks remain closed to vehicular access for the time being. To the degree that Coastal Zone Parks are accessible by bike or on foot, they are subject to the same use and equipment restrictions noted below regarding Russian River Parks.
  5. Russian River Parks are open to vehicular access.
  6. Russian River and Coastal Zone Parks that are open are open only for hiking, biking, swimming, boating and fishing. Sunbathing, picnicking and barbecuing are not allowed. Umbrellas, shade structures, tents, barbeques and grills, coolers, and beach chairs are also not allowed.
  7. Golf courses and golf driving ranges shall be subject to maximum compliance with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements set forth in this Order and the Golf Site Requirements in Appendix C.
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order, including Minimum Basic Operations.
  • To provide necessary care for a family member or pet in another household who has no other source of care.
  • To attend a funeral with no more than 10 individuals present.
  • To move residences, but only if it is not possible to defer an already planned move, if the move is necessitated by safety, sanitation, or habitability reasons, or if the move is necessary to preserve access to shelter. When moving into or out of the Bay Area region, individuals are strongly urged to quarantine for 14 days.  To quarantine, individuals should follow the guidance of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

No.  For your safety as well as their safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.  We need to all do our part to protect our friends and loved ones — and right now, avoiding non-essential visits is the best thing we can do.

Check in with your loved ones often. Virtual communication can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated. Consider connecting with loved ones by:

  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Mailing letters or cards
  • Text messages
  • Video chat
  • Social media

Visit the CDC “Protect Yourself” for the most up to date information.

Yes. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/aging/covid19-guidance.html

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/people-at-higher-risk.html). Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  1. People aged 65 years and older.
  2. People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
  3. Other high-risk conditions could include:
    1. People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
    2. People who have serious heart conditions.
    3. People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment.
    4. 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.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease, such as:

  • Stay home if possible.
  • Wash your hands
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others(stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths).
  • Keep away from people who are sick.
  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.
  • Avoid all cruise traveland non-essential air travel.
  • Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.

More information can be found at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html

The Order allows travel to obtain veterinary care, medication, medical supplies, and pet food.

No, you will continue to be able to purchase these items whenever you need them.  Grocery stores, pharmacies and hardware stores will remain open.  To ensure there is enough for everyone, please continue to buy normal quantities of these items on the same schedule you normally do.

Yes, you will still be able to get mail and other deliveries at your home.

Order No. C19-11, signed by the Health Officer on May 12, 2020, allows for a measure of expanded access to some Sonoma County Regional Parks. Inland parks are now open to vehicular access, though coastal parks remain limited to walk or bike-in use only.  See https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-c19-11-amended-parks-closure-order/

If you have need for accommodation of a disability, you can contact your local parks department to request parking lot access.  You can also call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 to talk/text with a call taker 24/7 to obtain the phone number to your local parks department.

Certain “high touch” park facilities remain closed, such as pools, playgrounds, dog parks, picnic areas, barbecue areas, and outdoor gyms. Some shared use facilities such as tennis courts, basketball courts, etc., may be opened by the park owner, but only if social distancing can be maintained and use is limited to individuals or members of the same household.

Yes.  Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers are considered “Essential Businesses” and you may use their services outside of your home as long as you follow social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines while doing so. These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance, including https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-limited-services.pdf

Wineries, breweries, restaurants, and other food and beverage establishments are able to receive customer orders via telephone and online for takeout or delivery only.  Pick-up is arranged by appointment and ideally done “curbside” in the parking lot of the establishment in compliance with social distancing and other protective measures.  Many restaurants are also providing delivery service. The shelter-in-place order does not prohibit food and beverage establishments from continuing to ship their products, whether retail or wholesale.

If you wish, contact paid restaurant food delivery services that serve your community.  They charge a fee for delivery.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance

Yes, a full list of support services for seniors including grocery stores and pharmacies offering delivery, pickup or special hours is available here.

Yes, attorneys and law firms providing this service are considered essential businesses.

No.  While realtors and landlords may have in person showings, they cannot force you to leave in order to bring prospective tenants into your unit.

Yes, residential and commercial janitorial businesses are allowed to operate, subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance, including https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-limited-services.pdf

These businesses should also regularly check the CDC guidance for Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes for best practices. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

No it does not.  You are allowed to travel both to care for family members and comply with legal obligations.

Yes, if observing social distancing requirements.  You should bring a facial covering in case you are unable to maintain a six foot distance from others, and ask people not to pet your dog.

No, dog parks are currently closed.

All businesses are required to cease activities at their facilities in Sonoma County, except for minimum basic operations as defined by the Order, unless the workplace falls into the exception for essential businesses, as defined, including health care operations and essential infrastructure activities.  More info: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce.

Yes, businesses that ship or deliver goods directly to residences are permitted under the Order.

Funeral services and burial services are permitted for groups of 10 or less with social distancing required.  All businesses that are involved with human remains (funeral homes, cemeteries, mortuaries, crematoriums etc.) may continue operations (handling of human remains) as a health and safety exception to the Order.

It is permissible for members of the same household to visit cemeteries.  Additionally, social distancing (six feet apart at all times) must be maintained from any persons not members of the same household, and every visitor must carry a facial covering with them and use it whenever the required six feet cannot be maintained, such as passing a path or in a parking lot.

Yes, blood banks are considered Healthcare Operations so that is allowed under the Order.

The Order specifically allows people to leave their home to buy food, purchase medicine, and purchase necessary items.  It also encourages businesses selling those items to remain open, and allows employees of those businesses to keep working.

Healthcare operations are allowed under shelter in place. Most of these procedures have been postponed or delayed to slow the transmission of the virus, conserve critical supplies of personal protective equipment, and to preserve hospital bed capacity.  Check with your medical provider to see whether these services are available.

People may obtain services at any hospital, clinic, dentist, pharmacy, pharmaceutical or biotechnology/medical device companies, other healthcare facility, healthcare supplier, home healthcare service, mental health provider, and any related healthcare service.  This DOES NOT include fitness, exercise gyms, nail salons, spas and other facilities.

Yes.  Drug stores and other medical supply stores are allowed to operate.  When possible you should have the drug store deliver your prescription medicine to your home.

Group counseling meetings such as NA and AA must occur via teleconference or videoconference.  In-person meetings are not allowed under the Order.

In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) care providers are designated as essential workers and should continue to provide care for their client(s), as long as both the care provider and their client have not tested positive for COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

You may continue to use these services only if your healthcare provider has determined that they are medically necessary for you and cannot reasonably be delayed without endangering your health or safety.  Providers should conduct phone screening for COVID-19 symptoms in advance.  Everyone involved should comply with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements.

Yes, licensed cannabis businesses are allowed to remain open, but dispensaries/retail facilities and delivery companies may only sell cannabis and cannabis products via curbside pickup or delivery.  If purchasing via curbside pickup, you are encouraged to call in your order ahead of time.  You do not need a County Medical Marijuana ID Card or a physician’s recommendation to purchase cannabis or cannabis products.

See current Health Order for list of essential businesses.

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:

No, you do not need to obtain any specific authorization from the County to run your business.  The County does not issue written determinations or authorizations.

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:

Yes, retail or wholesale businesses that are not included within the definition of Essential Businesses (such as bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, music stores) may offer curbside pickup, shipping, or delivery of goods.  However, shopping malls and storefront shall remain closed to the public.

Retail businesses operating within the County are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes, businesses that support or are directly engaged in the production of food, beverage, or other agricultural products are Essential Businesses and may continue to operate.  Retail sales is only allowed via curbside pick-up, delivery, shipping, or at farm and produce stands.  Essential Businesses must comply with Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements at all times.

Employees, including farm workers, may leave home to work for such agricultural operations as part of allowed Essential Travel under the Order.  Employees feeling sick must stay home.

Businesses that are necessary to support the production of food, beverage, and other agricultural products are “Essential Business” that may remain open, and include farm management companies, food and beverage processing, equipment dealerships, fuel companies and deliveries, mobile and fixed mechanics, agricultural transportation services, and companies providing seeds, nursery stock, fertilizer, livestock feed, and crop production products.

Florists are considered agriculture, and retail sales can occur via curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

If they provide essential services as described in the Order, such as food, shelter, and social services for the economically disadvantaged then yes they can and should continue providing those services.  This would include non-profits operating food pantries, providing housing for homeless residents, and many other critical services.

Faith-based organizations may provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.  They may also provide counseling and host religious services through virtual streaming or similar technology.

Houses of Worship are not physically open for congregational activities at this time.  Check with your church, synagogue or other house of worship to see if it has virtual streaming or similar technology.

No.  For your safety as well as the safety of your fellow worshippers, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.  Places of worship may offer remote access to services, such as by emails, video streaming, teleconference or similar technology.

Golf courses and driving ranges may open as long as they operate in maximum compliance with the Order’s Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements and the Golf Site Requirements, attached as Appendix C to the Order.  The owner or manager of each golfing site must provide security or patrolling, and is responsible for ensuring golfers’ compliance with the Social Distancing and Golf Site Requirements.  Golf course operators can also choose to open paths and trails for walking, jogging, hiking and bicycling.

Motor vehicle travel to golf courses is allowed.

Yes, the “members of the same household” exception to the social distancing requirements does apply to the “one person per cart” rule in Appendix C regarding “Golf Site Requirements.”

Self-storage facilities are generally not essential businesses.  However, they can maintain Minimum Basic Operations to allow people to access their units to the extent they are accessing them for medical or other essential items.  A self-storage facility is only an essential businesses to the extent it supports other essential businesses.  Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements must be followed at all times.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes, florists are considered agriculture, and may operate for curbside pickup, delivery and shipping only.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes.  Plant nurseries are Essential Businesses under the order.  See section 16.f.xxxi of the Order.  Each Essential Business must develop and implement a Social Distancing Protocol, found at Appendix A to the Order.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes.  Service providers that provide outdoor services, such as arborists, landscapers, gardeners are allowed Essential Businesses.  See section 16.f.xiv of the Order.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance, including: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-limited-services.pdf

Yes.  Pool maintenance professionals are Essential Businesses.  See section 16.f.xiv of the Order.

 

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance, including: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-limited-services.pdf

Yes, but farmer’s markets must follow the applicable section of the CDPH Guidance regarding Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues issued March 16, 2020.  These are stricter requirements than the Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements in the Order.

Yes, Amendment No. 2 to C19-09 allows pet grooming to operate, subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance, including https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-limited-services.pdf

These businesses should also regularly check CDC guidance for Veterinary Clinics Treating Companion Animals During the COVID-19 Response for best practices.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/veterinarians.html

Yes.

Test driving must be limited to two people.  Facial coverings should be worn as long as they do not obstruct safe driving.  Vehicle interiors must be disinfected after each test drive.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance, including: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-auto-dealerships.pdf

Yes, Amendment No. 2 to C19-09 allows car washes to operate as long as the number of people in the area is controlled to allow for social distancing, the area is cleaned regularly, hand sanitizer is provided and all other protective measures are implemented subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance, including https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-limited-services.pdf

Yes, retail businesses (such as bookstores) can supply products necessary to facilitate distance learning. Retail businesses operating for this purpose shall conduct retail sales only by curbside pickup, delivery, or shipping (storefront access shall remain closed to the public).

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Only childcare facilities providing services that enable owners, employees, volunteers, and contractors for Essential Businesses, Healthcare Operations, or Essential Governmental Functions to work are permitted and must be operated in compliance with the Order.

Yes, retrieving or securing business property to prevent a loss is allowed as part of minimum basic operations.

Yes, but ONLY for the following limited purposes:(1) lodging to protect the County homeless population, (2) lodging for County residents who have been displaced and cannot return to their residence because there is a person residing at their residence that must isolate or quarantine or is at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, (3) lodging for County residents who need to isolate or quarantine, and (4) housing support for Healthcare Operations, Essential Infrastructure, Essential Businesses, and Essential Governmental Functions (i.e. housing traveling nurses or government contractors).

As a vacation destination, Sonoma County is especially at risk for an influx of visitors seeking temporary relief from shelter in place orders.  Individuals are not allowed to travel for vacation purposes under any of the Bay Area shelter in place orders.  And hotels, motels, and individuals offering homes and units on such platforms as AirBnB and VRBO in Sonoma County are prohibited from providing lodging for tourism.

Rentals for more than 30 days are permitted.

Residential viewings are encouraged to be done virtually.

In person residential viewings must be by appointment only, and must be limited to two visitors (from the same household or living unit) and one individual showing the unit. In person visits are not allowed when the occupant is still residing in the residence unless gloves, facial coverings, and shoe coverings are worn during the visit, there is no contact with staging items or personal property during the showing, and the landlord cleans the property after the visit with products on the Environmental Protection Agency’s approved list of disinfectants, paying attention to any areas that may be commonly touched, such as door knobs, handles, counter tops, and staging items.

Only retail businesses that primarily sell essential products are allowed to remain open to the public.  Businesses should consider what their primary business is and whether it provides significant support to answer whether they should continue to remain open to the public.  A business that only tangentially offers products and/or services that support essential activities does not qualify as an essential business, however, they may offer retail curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping under minimum basic operations as long as the storefront remains closed to the public.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes, retail shipping and delivery to people’s homes is allowed.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes, all retail businesses are allowed to provide curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping to their customers.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

 

Yes, licensed cannabis businesses are allowed to remain open, including cultivators, processors, manufacturers, distributors, testing labs, dispensaries/retail facilities, and delivery companies providing medical or adult-use cannabis.  All cannabis businesses must be closed to the public and employees must follow Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements.

Dispensaries/retail facilities and delivery companies may only sell cannabis and cannabis products via curbside pickup or delivery.  Dispensaries/retail facilities selling via curbside pickup should encourage customers to call in their orders ahead of time.  Customers do not need a County Medical Marijuana ID Card or a physician’s recommendation to purchase cannabis or cannabis products.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes, for both service and in-store retail sales.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes, work to assess a site for solar installation, all work associated with installation of solar arrays and battery storage of solar energy, and all inspections related to solar infrastructure installation are within the definition of “Essential Infrastructure” for work that may continue under the Shelter In Place Order.

The work does not need to be related to addressing medical needs.  Note that each government agency defines its own Essential Government Functions.  Please check with the applicable inspecting government agency to see if it is conducting inspections while the Order is in place.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes, but only to perform “essential activities,” operate or work in a businesses allowed to operate under the Health Officer Order C19-09 or Amendments, or to maintain “essential governmental functions,” as those terms are defined in the Order.  Individuals engaged in any “essential travel” must comply with all Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements as defined in the Order.  Otherwise, all travel is prohibited.  If you are travelling to a county that has issued health orders, you must comply with those orders while in that county.

Yes, but public transit can only be used to perform “essential activities,” to get to and from work to operate “essential businesses,” or to maintain “essential governmental functions,” as those terms are defined in the Order.  People riding on public transport must practice social distancing.  This means maintaining at least six (6) feet distance from one another, which is approximately two to three steps away.

Yes, but these services can only be used for “essential activities,” to get to and from work to operate “essential businesses,” or to provide “essential governmental functions,” which are defined in the Order.  Keep in mind that being in close quarters in a vehicle that has been shared with many others should be avoided if possible.

Yes.  The Order permits you to return home.

Yes, environmental remediation work is permitted under section 16.f.xiv of the Order.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Yes, you may construct a new building for residential or commercial purposes under section 16.f.vi. of the Order.  It does not matter that the building is not a fire rebuild.  Construction businesses must incorporate construction specific safety requirements into their Social Distancing Protocols.  See Appendices A and B of the Order.  The presumption is that new structures are not available for occupancy until they are completed.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

It depends if the home will be occupied (i.e. lived in) during the remodel.

For unoccupied structures:  If people will not occupy the home until the remodel is completed, then the remodel is allowed.  Additionally, construction work that is to the exterior of the structure or does not entail entering an occupied structure may be performed.  Examples include building a fence, replacing siding, or painting the exterior of a home.

For occupied structures:  construction work affecting the interior of an occupied structure is only allowed if it is necessary for the safety, sanitation, or habitability of the structure, and cannot reasonably be delayed.  Examples of this type of work include:

  • Provision of a working bathroom.
  • Provision of an operable kitchen.
  • Heating and ventilation work necessary to maintain operable systems and comply with Code requirements.
  • Electrical work needed to supply electricity and to maintain a safe electrical system.
  • Plumbing work needed for use of bathroom or kitchen or to correct any hazardous plumbing conditions.
  • Painting needed to maintain clean and sanitary walls and ceilings free from mildew, mold, dampness, and vermin, and this painting work may address damage, including smoke damage.
  • Carpet or flooring replacement needed to maintain sanitary floor coverings or address damage from mildew, mold, dampness and vermin.
  • Work needed to repair weather protection of roof and exterior walls, including fixing or replacing broken windows and doors.
  • Other repair work to fix damage or address health hazards, including vector control and life safety work.
  • Construction or repair work necessary to ensure access for individuals with a disability or other physical limitations.

All businesses performing allowed construction must incorporate construction specific safety requirements into their Social Distancing Protocols.  See Appendices A and B of the Order.

It depends on whether the structure is occupied, and if so, whether the work is necessary for the safety, sanitation, or habitability the structure and cannot be reasonably delayed.  Electrical work on an unoccupied structure, or the exterior of an occupied structure is permitted.  However, electrical work to the interior of an occupied structure may only be conducted if it is necessary for the safety, sanitation, or habitability of the structure, and cannot be reasonably delayed.  Section 16.f.vii, the order lists examples of work that is necessary for the safety, sanitation, or habitability of a structure.  This list includes, “electrical work needed to supply electricity and to maintain a safe electrical system.”

Businesses performing allowed construction must incorporate construction specific safety requirements into their Social Distancing Protocols.  See Appendices A and B of the Order.

Yes.  Environmental review work to support a construction projects, including fieldwork by biologists, archeologists, geologists, hydrologists, and traffic engineers, is permitted under section 16.f.vi.1. of the Order.  Section 16.f.xiv of the Order also allows outdoor service work.  All businesses performing authorized construction service work must incorporate construction specific safety requirements into their Social Distancing Protocols.  See Appendices A and B of the Order.

If the residence is unoccupied, then it may be expanded under section 16.f.vi.  If a residence is occupied, it may not be expanded while people are living in the residence.

However, an addition to an occupied structure will be the equivalent of an addition to an unoccupied structure if the addition is completely sealed off from the existing structure during construction.  Completely sealing off the structure includes sealing off any HVAC system to ensure that airflow between the occupied structure and newly constructed addition does not occur during construction, and to prevent the comingling of occupants and construction service workers at all times.

Construction businesses operating in the County must comply with County and state requirements, which can be located here:

County: https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-no-19-09-shelter-in-place-extended/

State: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/

Yes.  Section 16.c. of the Order allows construction and expansion of telecommunications, electrical, food production, and other identified categories of Essential Infrastructure.  All businesses performing allowed construction must incorporate construction specific safety requirements into their Social Distancing Protocols.  See Appendices A and B of the Order.

Yes.  The inspections for, and the installation of solar arrays and solar batteries is permitted under section 16.f.vi. of the Order.  Additionally, to the extent this work is part of a utility’s provision of electricity, it falls under section 16.c. of the Order for allowed Essential infrastructure work.

Businesses, such as arborists, landscapers, gardeners, pool maintenance, and environmental site remediation services are considered service provider that provides outdoor services. Service providers operating under that section must conduct all business and transactions involving members of the public outdoors. That section does not apply to outdoor restaurants, cafes, or bars.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance, including: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-limited-services.pdf

All persons must comply with the Public Facial Covering Order (C19-07), including when at work.  Essential Businesses engaged in construction or construction support services must incorporate Field Safety Requirements into their Social Distancing Protocols (See Appendices A & B of the Shelter in Place Order (C19-09). Under the Field Safety Requirements each business must “Ensure all persons utilize appropriate personal protective equipment, including facial coverings or masks, depending on the nature of the work.”  The Field Safety Requirements do not relieve Essential Businesses or their workers from compliance with the Public Facial Covering Order (C19-07).  The Field Safety Requirements recognize that there may be situations where construction work requires more protective measures, such as using more protective masks (i.e. N95), when working with certain materials.  Essential Businesses engaged in construction or construction support services should familiarize themselves with the Public Facial Covering Order (C19-07), including its directive to not wear facial coverings if one has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the facial covering without assistance.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Real estate agents should conduct residential viewings virtually as much as possible.  However, the Order allows in person showings with limitations and observance of safety precautions.  Specifically, in person residential viewings must be by appointment only, and must be limited to two visitors (from the same household or living unit) and one individual showing the unit.  .  In person visits are not allowed when the occupant is still residing in the residence unless gloves, facial coverings, and shoe coverings are worn during the visit, there is no contact with staging items or personal property during the showing, and the seller or landlord cleans the property after the visit with products on the Environmental Protection Agency’s approved list of disinfectants, paying attention to any areas that may be commonly touched, such as door knobs, handles, counter tops, and staging items.

 

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

Under the Order, businesses that facilitate residential real estate transactions are considered Essential Businesses, including real estate photographers, inspectors, appraisers, and furniture stagers.  Where virtual visits are not feasible, such businesses may access a home to facilitate a real estate transaction in strict compliance with the Business’s Social Distancing Protocol, found at Appendix A to the Order.

In-person visits by such businesses are not allowed when the occupant is still residing in the residence, unless gloves, facial coverings, and shoe coverings are worn during the visit, there is no contact with staging items or personal property during the showing, and the seller or landlord cleans the property after the visit with products on the Environmental Protection Agency’s approved list of disinfectants, paying attention to any areas that may be commonly touched, such as door knobs, handles, counter tops, and staging items.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

A home is occupied if it has inhabitants – i.e. one or more people are living in the residence.  A home is unoccupied if its occupants have moved out while the home is on the market.  If a person is living in the residence and has not moved out permanently or temporarily, then the occupant is “still residing in the residence.”

Generally, yes.  Each service provider must be an Essential Business and be in compliance with the Shelter in Place Order’s Social Distancing Protocol requirement to ensure the safety of the public, employees, and current / future occupants of properties that are the subject of real estate transactions during the Shelter In Place Order.  See Appendix A of the Order.

A copy of the Social Distancing Protocol should be carried while in the field because the Order requires, among other things, that all Essential Businesses implement the Social Distancing Protocol and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing the Order upon demand.  Essential businesses must post their Social Distancing Protocol at their place of business.

Employees, self-employed contractors, individual agents, REALTORS®, and similar service providers who work in the field at clients’ residences, should carry a copy of their Social Distancing Protocol in order to be able to provide it on demand to a requesting authority.

These businesses are subject to the Social Distancing Protocol and applicable State and local requirements and guidance.

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