The Sonoma County Health Officer, out of an abundance of caution, has issued an Order cancelling mass gatherings of 250 individuals or more to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the County.
This Order is based on evidence of increasing community transmission of COVID-19 worldwide, scientific evidence regarding the most effective approaches to slow COVID-19 specifically, as well as best practices to protect at-risk populations from COVID-19. This Order is an accordance with the Governor’s guidance issued on March 12, 2020.
The Order also specifies that gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 must be limited to no more than 10 people, except for family gatherings. This includes gatherings such as those at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes, and support groups for people with health conditions.
Additionally, the Order specifies smaller gatherings held in venues that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed or canceled. This includes gatherings in crowded auditoriums, rooms or other venues.This Order will be effective until it is rescinded by the County Health Officer or the State Health Officer.
This Order does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, courthouses, detention facilities, or essential services.
“Implementing these strategies that create social distance and reduce the close contact of people not regularly together, including limiting gatherings, has proven effective in prior pandemics at delaying rates of transmission and reducing illness from communicable disease,” said County Interim Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase.