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Order of the Health Officer: Shelter in Place

Order of the Health Officer: Shelter in Place

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No. C19-03

Directing all individuals living in the County to shelter at their place of residence, except that they may leave to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and governmental services; exempting individuals experiencing homelessness from the shelter in place order but urging them to find shelter and government agencies to provide it; directing all businesses and governmental agencies to cease non-essential operations at physical locations in the County; prohibiting all non-essential gatherings of any number of individual; and ordering cessation of all non essential travel.

DATE OF ORDER: MARCH 17, 2020

Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code§ 120275, et seq.)

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTIONS 101040, 101085, AND 120175, THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF SONOMA (“HEALTH OFFICER”) ORDERS:

  1. The intent of this Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. When people need to leave their places of residence, whether to obtain or perform vital services, or to otherwise facilitate authorized activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, they should at all times as reasonably possible comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 10 below. All provisions of this Order should be interpreted to effectuate this intent. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this Order constitutes an imminent threat to public health.
  2. All individuals currently living within Sonoma County (the “County”) are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses, all as defined in Section 10. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from this Section, but are strongly urged to obtain shelter, and governmental and other entities are strongly urged to make such shelter available as soon as possible and to the maximum extent practicable (and to utilize Social Distancing Requirements in their operation).
  3. All businesses with a facility in the County, except Essential Businesses as defined below in Section 10, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations, as defined in Section 10. For clarity, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). All Essential Businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 10 below, including, but not limited to, when any customers are standing in line.
  4. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes as expressly permitted in Section 10. Nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of members of a household or living
  5. All travel, except Essential Travel and Essential Activities as defined below in Section 10, is prohibited. People must use public transit only for purposes of performing Essential Activities or to travel to and from work to operate Essential Businesses or maintain Essential Governmental People riding on public transit must comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 10 below, to the greatest extent feasible. This Order allows travel into or out of the County to perform Essential Activities, operate Essential Businesses, or maintain Essential Governmental Functions.
  6. This Order is issued based on evidence of increasing occurrence of COVID-19 within the County and throughout the Bay Area, scientific evidence and best practices regarding the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable diseases generally and COVID-19 specifically, and 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. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the general public, which is now a pandemic according to the World Health Organization, there is a public health emergency throughout the County. Making the problem worse, some individuals who contract the COVID-19 virus have no symptoms or have mild symptoms, which means they may not be aware they carry the virus. Because even people without symptoms can transmit the disease, and because evidence shows the disease is easily spread, gatherings can result in preventable transmission of the virus. The scientific evidence shows that at this stage of the emergency, it is essential to slow virus transmission as much as possible to protect the most vulnerable and to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed. One proven way to slow the transmission is to limit interactions among people to the greatest extent practicable. By reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this Order helps preserve critical and limited healthcare capacity in the County.
  7. This Order also is issued in light of the existence of 6 cases of COVID-19 in the County, as of March 17, 2020, including a significant and increasing number of suspected cases of community transmission and likely further significant increases in transmission.  Widespread testing for COVID-19 is not yet available but is expected to increase in the coming days.  This Order is necessary to slow the rate of spread and the Health Officer will re-evaluate it as further data becomes available.
  8. This Order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference, the March 13, 2020 Order of the Health Officer No. C19-02; the March 4, 2020 Proclamation of a State of Emergency issued by Governor Gavin Newsom; the March 2, 2020 Proclamation of Local Emergency for the County of Sonoma issued  by  the Director of Emergency Services Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency in the County Regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19); the Declaration of Local Health Emergency Regarding Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) issued by the Health Officer; the March 4, 2020 Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma Ratifying and Extending the Declaration of a Local Health Emergency, and the March 4, 2020 Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma Ratifying and Extending the Proclamation of a Local Emergency.
  9. This Order comes after the release of substantial guidance from the County 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 a variety of prior orders 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.
  10. 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. 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
      1. To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (including, but not limited to, pets), such as, by way of example only and without limitation, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.
      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 safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
      3. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, biking, or running.
      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 care for a family member or pet in another household.
    2. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any “Healthcare Operations” including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, licensed cannabis businesses, pharmaceutical and biotechnology 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 shall be construed broadly to avoid any impacts to the delivery of healthcare, broadly defined. “Healthcare Operations” does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar. Licensed cannabis retail facilities/dispensaries shall operate only for the purpose of providing medical cannabis, and only via curbside pickup or delivery.
    3. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to provide any services or perform any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of “Essential Infrastructure,” including, but not limited to, public works construction, construction of housing (in particular affordable housing or housing for individuals experiencing homelessness), airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation , solid waste collection and removal, internet, and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services), provided that they can carry out those services or that work in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined this Section, to the extent possible.
    4. For 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. 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. Each governmental entity shall identify and designate appropriate employees or contractors to continue providing and carrying out any Essential Governmental Functions. All Essential Governmental Functions shall be performed in compliance with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible.
    5. For the purposes of this Order, covered businesses include any for-profit, non­ profit, or educational entities, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure.
    6. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
      1. Healthcare Operations and 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 canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food and supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non­ grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. Farmer’s markets shall comply with CDPH Guidance regarding Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues issued March 16, 2020;
      3. Agriculture, food, and beverage cultivation, processing, and distribution, including but not limited to, farming, ranching, fishing, dairies, creameries, wineries and breweries in order to preserve inventory and production (not for retail business);
      4. Businesses that are necessary to supply agriculture, food, and beverage cultivation, processing, and distribution;
      5. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
      6. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
      7.  Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities;
      8. Banks and related financial institutions;
      9. Hardware stores;
      10. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;
      11. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
      12. 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;
      13. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
      14. 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;
      15. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
      16. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
      17. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences;
      18. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
      19. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
      20. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;
      21. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
      22. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. Childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory 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.
    7. For the purposes of this Order, “Minimum Basic Operations” include the following, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:
      1. The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions.
      2. The minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
    8. For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Travel” includes travel for any of the following purposes. Individuals engaged in any Essential Travel must comply with all Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section
      1. Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations.
      2. Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
      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 jurisdiction.
      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.
    9. For purposes of this Order, residences include hotels, motels, shared rental units, shelters, and similar facilities.
    10. For purposes of this Order, “Social Distancing Requirements” includes maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.
    11. 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 in writing.
  11. 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 violation of any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat to public health.
  12. The County is ordered to establish an Emergency Operations Center, implement all emergency protective orders, implement all health officer orders, and implement the County’s pandemic response.
  13. This Order shall become effective at 12:00 a.m. on March 18, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer.
  14. This Order revokes and replaces the Order of the Health Officer (Cl9-01) originally issued on March 13, 2020. That order is no longer in effect as of the effective date and time of this Order per section 13 above.
  15. 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 (3) provided to any member of the public requesting a copy of this Order.
  16. If any provision of this Order to the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, the remainder 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:

Signed by Dr. Sundari R. Mase MD MPH, Health Officer of Sonoma County
Dated: March 17, 2020


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March 18, 2020 – Sonoma County Interim Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase speaks on the “shelter-in-place” order issued by the County in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

This Order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 18, 2020 and will continue to in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the Health Officer.

This Order requires most people to stay home no later than 12:01 a.m. Wednesday March 18, 2020, unless they are dedicated to certain “Essential Activities” discussed below.

For most people, this means that you and the people you live with should remain at home. You are allowed to leave your home for specified reasons to make sure you have the necessities of life (discussed more below) such as getting food and medical supplies. You are also allowed to go outside to take care of pets, go on a walk, and just to get outside, so long as you do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people. If you are sick you should self-isolate, including, to the extent you can, from others you live with.

The term “shelter in place” means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions listed in the Order.

In other words, everyone should stay home to slow the spread of the virus. You should limit your movements to essential outings.

Some reasons you would leave your home are to get food, to get a prescription, to see a doctor, to go to work if your work is essential as defined in this Order, to take your child(ren) to and from childcare if that childcare facility is authorized under this Order, and to help people you care for get the things they need to live and be healthy and safe (see more below).

Sheltering in place is a more stringent form of social distancing.

Sheltering in place means: Stay home and only go out for “essential activities,” to work for an “essential business,” or for “essential travel” as those terms are defined in the Order.

Social distancing means: Stay 6 feet or more away from others and do not attend or participate in public or private gatherings.

All first responders, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, court personnel, and law enforcement are exempt from this Order.

This Order is mandatory. All persons and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the Order. 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.

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.

 

This Order is in effect in all of Sonoma County. In addition, similar orders are in effect across the Bay Area, including in Marin, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties. Neighboring counties – Lake, Mendocino and Napa – have also issued similar orders.

The Sonoma County local Health Order is consistent with the State’s Order. Our order implements the State order in a way that is tailored to Sonoma County, and will continue to remain in effect. The Governor’s order emphasizes social distancing and sanitation, reminding us that it is important to stay home whenever possible, except for essential activities like groceries.

Currently, Sonoma County residents are under the March 17 Health Order to shelter in place, part of the ongoing effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All businesses deemed “nonessential” have been instructed to close. (Read the entire Order, including what consists of an essential business, here.

If you know of a non-essential business that is violating the order, please report it by calling your local law enforcement agency.

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.

Because the virus spreads so easily, without dramatic intervention like this Order it would result in so many people needing medical attention in a hospital setting that our hospitals will be overwhelmed.  If do not take steps to slow the spread, we may not have enough beds or equipment to adequately care for the most seriously ill.  Our health care workers and other first responders are also at risk, and if they get sick there are fewer people to provide health care and first response services.

If this succeeds, 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.

No. The second installment of the 2019-2020 Annual Secured property tax bill was due by February 1st and will become delinquent if not paid by April 10th.

If you have the means and ability to pay by April 10th please do so. This revenue helps keep government agencies running and providing vital public services, especially in times like these.

The ACTTC has a long history of working with property taxpayers on everything from catastrophic wildfires to floods to individual hardships, and we will do everything we can to assist taxpayers with this event.

Per RTC 4985.2, the ACTTC has authority to waive delinquent penalties and costs if late payment is due to reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the tax payer’s control. We will consider penalty waiver requests on a case-by-case basis. A COVID-19 penalty waiver application is underdevelopment and will be available to taxpayers on the ACTTC website.

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Individuals & Households

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.

  • Getting necessary services or supplies for yourself and your family, household members, and pets, or delivering services or supplies to others. For example, you can purchase food, medicine, pet food and supplies, and other household consumer products, and items that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
  • Going outside to walk, hike, cycle, or run while staying at least six feet away from other people.
  • Working to provide essential products and services at an Essential Business.
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household.

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.

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.

 

You are able to seek veterinary care for your pets.

Call your veterinarian before you go to the office since there social distancing procedures will be in place.

Your grocery store likely carries some types of pet food. Some pet and farm supply stores will be open for additional pet and livestock supplies. You can order online or call your vet’s office to buy special 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.

 

Yes. The Order identifies businesses that deliver goods or services directly to residences as “essential businesses” that may continue to operate.

Generally, no. Existing Orders of the Health Officer addressing this emergency prohibit non-necessary visitation to these kinds of facilities. Please contact the facility you want to visit by phone before you visit to inquire about the status of visits. This is difficult, but it is necessary in order to protect hospital staff and other patients.

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, or teleconference.

If you will be outdoors and not in close contact with other people, yes.  Otherwise, no.  Fitness centers, exercise gyms, recreational centers, golf courses, and public pools are not permitted to operate. 

No, on March 23, 2020, the Health Officer signed an order closing parks. See Health Officer order

Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers are considered “Essential Businesses” and you may use their services as long as you follow social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines while doing so.

Yes, but only to perform “essential activities,” operate or work in “essential businesses,” 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 Requirements as defined in the Order. Otherwise, all travel is prohibited..

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. 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, such as Door Dash or Grub Hub. They charge a fee for delivery.

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

Yes, this activity falls within the Order’s exemption allowing work necessary to the operation and maintenance of essential infrastructure (e.g., construction, solid waste removal). Additionally, existing Health Orders and County Ordinance adopted for the Kincade Fire require such work.

Landscaping services may continue only if they are necessary to protect the safety, sanitation, or essential operation of residences or essential businesses, such as tree trimming to prevent a dangerous condition, or clearance of irrigation infrastructure. Landscaping for cosmetic purposes may not continue. Landscapers performing services under contract with governmental agencies should consult the relevant agency to determine whether their services are deemed essential.

No, unless it is a service necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses. Routine housecleaning does not fall into this category.

No. The Order does not restrict travel by court order or law enforcement.

Yes, if observing social distancing requirements.

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.

Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children is allowed. A live-out nanny may only come into the home to care for children of working parents if both parents are essential workers, whether they are working from home or not.

No, unless both parents are performing work for an essential business.

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.

Funeral services and burial services are prohibited by the Shelter-in-Place Order because they are gatherings.  Cemeteries may remain open.

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Healthcare & Access

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.

 

Generally, you should postpone these if possible. Check with your provider of routine care for specific guidance. They may cancel services. You should not expose yourself or others for health care or maintenance care that can wait a few weeks.

 

People may obtain services at any hospital, clinic, dentist, pharmacy, pharmaceutical or biotechnology company, 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.

 

Licensed cannabis businesses will remain open, but shall operate only for the purpose of providing medical cannabis and only via curbside pickup or delivery.

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.

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Businesses

The Public Health Order lists the following essential businesses:

  1. Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure (see additional information below);
  2. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of: canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables pet food and supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products).
    This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
    Farmer’s markets shall comply with CDPH Guidance regarding Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues issued March 16, 2020;
  3. Agriculture, food, and beverage cultivation, processing, and distribution, including but not limited to, farming, ranching, fishing, dairies, creameries, wineries and breweries in order to preserve inventory and production;
  4. Businesses that are necessary to support agriculture, food, and beverage cultivation, processing, and distribution;
  5. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
  6. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;
  7. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities;
  8. Banks and related financial institutions;
  9. Hardware stores;
  10. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses;
  11. Businesses that support or provide Essential Infrastructure;
  12. Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
  13. 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;
  14. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
  15. 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 the 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;
  16. Businesses that supply products needed for people to work from home;
  17. Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
  18. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences;
  19. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Activities and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
  20. Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;
  21. Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, and children;
  22. Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
  23. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in the Order to work as permitted.  To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory 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.

People may perform work necessary to the operation and maintenance of essential infrastructure including but not limited to public works construction, construction of housing (in particular affordable housing or housing for homeless individuals), airport operations, water, sewer, gas, electrical, oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, solid waste collection, internet service, and telecommunication systems provided they can carry out those services in compliance with social distancing requirements.

If they provide essential services as described in the other, 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.

No.  If your business is in the list of Essential Businesses provided in the Order, then you may operate it.  You do not need to obtain any specific authorization from the County to do so.

Landscaping services may continue only if they are necessary to protect the safety, sanitation, or essential operation of residences or essential businesses, such as tree trimming to prevent a dangerous condition, or clearance of irrigation infrastructure. Landscaping for cosmetic purposes may not continue. Landscapers performing services under contract with governmental agencies should consult the relevant agency to determine whether their services are deemed essential.

No, unless it is a service necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses. Routine housecleaning does not fall into this category.

Yes, if rebuilding housing or essential infrastructure as defined by the Shelter-in-Place Order.

Only construction for safety, sanitation, or operation of residences, health care facilities, or other essential business and construction for Essential Infrastructure as defined by the Order may continue.

Manufacturing businesses must cease operation unless it supports health care operations or essential infrastructure (e.g., manufacturing of medical equipment, medical devices, diagnostic technology, personal protective gear) or is conducted by an essential business as defined by the Shelter-in-Place Order.

Deliveries can continue to be sent to people’s homes and you may adjust your business accordingly while this order is in place.

Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children is allowed. A live-out nanny may only come into the home to care for children of working parents if both parents are essential workers, whether they are working from home or not.

Yes, a tow truck business would be considered an essential business and is allowed to continue operating, similar to an auto repair shop and related facilities.

Yes, an auto body business would be considered an essential business and is allowed to continue operating, similar to an auto repair shop and related facilities.

A cannabis testing lab is not an essential business unless it is testing medical cannabis in support of a healthcare operation.

No, unless the pool repair or maintenance business is providing a service that is necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, essential activities, and essential businesses.

No, unless both parents are performing work for an essential business.

Yes, this activity falls within the exemption allowing work necessary to the operation and maintenance of essential infrastructure and healthcare operations.

No, unless it is necessary to support an essential business, and should be done by appointment with Social Distancing.

Funeral services and burial services are prohibited by the Shelter-in-Place Order because they are gatherings.  Cemeteries may remain open.

Yes, to the extent that it sells supplies necessary for other essential businesses to operate, such as agriculture and food production.

Only if it is necessary to support an essential infrastructure project as defined by the Order and social distancing requirements are followed.

Yes, this activity would be allowed as minimum basic operations under the Order. Social distancing requirements must still be followed.

Yes, social distancing requirements must still be followed.

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

Yes, it is considered an essential business to support essential travel. The retail portion of the bike shop may not operate.

Yes, it would be considered an essential business. Social distancing requirements must still be followed with the minimum employees necessary to operate the money-lending portion of the business..

Yes.  A month-to-month rental provides shelter for community members.

Short term rentals and hotels may only operate as an essential business if they

  1. provide shelter for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, including individuals needing housing to ensure adequate social distancing,
  2. support housing necessary for an essential business to operate (i.e. housing traveling nurses).”

Yes, businesses that support or are directly engaged in the production of food or beverage are Essential Businesses and may continue to operate for wholesale purposes.  Retail sales via curbside pick-up by appointment or at farm and produce stands are permitted.  Essential Businesses must comply with Social Distancing 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 agriculture, food, and beverage cultivation, processing, and distribution 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.

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Travel & Transportation

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 only to perform “essential activities,” operate or work in “essential businesses,” 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 Requirements as defined in the Order. Otherwise, all travel is prohibited..

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, a tow truck business would be considered an essential business and is allowed to continue operating, similar to an auto repair shop and related facilities.

Yes, an auto body business would be considered an essential business and is allowed to continue operating, similar to an auto repair shop and related facilities.

Yes, it is considered an essential business to support essential travel. The retail portion of the bike shop may not operate.

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