Sonoma County Curfew 10 p.m.– 5 a.m.
Due to the recent unprecedented rate of increase in COVID-19 cases across California, a curfew has been ordered to prevent the spread of the virus.
This curfew order is effective November 21, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. through December 21, 2020 at 5:00 a.m.
All non-essential activities conducted outside the household are not permitted during these hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cases in California are growing faster than ever, we are in the midst of a surge. We need to keep those at highest risk safe. We need to keep essential workers safe. We need to protect our hospital capacity so those who need care can get it. Acting now will help us stop the surge, keep people safe and avoid more severe restrictions
Californians are being asked to stay home between 10 PM and 5 AM, with some exceptions. You can go outside on your own or with members of your own household as long as you are not gathering with other households. You can also go out to do essential activities, which are defined here, or if you are required to go out by law.
The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5AM December 21 with the potential to extend or modify it if necessary based on the conditions at that time.
The order will remain in effect for one month but the state may extend or modify it as needed.
Limiting risk exposure is critical. Activities conducted during 10:00 pm to 5:00 am are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures (e.g., wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance).
What am I allowed to do between 10 pm and 5 am? Can I pick up a gallon of milk at midnight, pick a prescription or put gas my car?
Yes. Essential activities are permitted as are activities you do alone or with members of your immediate household like walking your dog. Although Californians are highly encouraged to stay indoors from 10 pm and 5 am, the public health order does not prohibit individuals or members of the same household going outside so long as they don’t mix with other households.
Non-essential businesses, those that are NOT defined as critical infrastructure, should end business operations at 10pm. Essential work is permitted to continue and food and beverage takeout services are still permitted.
Yes, restaurants can stay open for takeout and delivery after 10 pm.
The state may decide to extend the order depending on case rates. It generally takes 3-4 weeks to see the impact of our actions. We need to take these steps now to avoid more severe restrictions in the future.
Multiple other states including Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia have introduced orders with a similar intent. Also, several large municipalities have also implemented similar measures including: Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Miami-Dade. This is order is also similar to the California’s successful Stay at Home Order in March, but more
narrowly defined (10pm-5am only). Many other states have Stay at Home orders.
Failure to comply with the order may be punishable by fine and as a misdemeanor.
On March 12, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-25-20, which included as operative paragraph one, “[a]ll residents are to heed any orders and guidance of state and local public health officials, including but not limited to the imposition of social distancing measures, to combat the spread of COVID-19.” Further, on March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20, in which he reiterated his directive that all residents immediately heed state public health directives (which, in that Order, was in the context of the stay at home order).
Gatherings of multiple households are a significant contributor to increased transmission of COVID-19. Gatherings of different households for non-essential activities are prohibited between 10 pm and 5 am. When people mix from different households it poses a higher risk of transmission and spread of COVID-19. The likelihood of transmission and spread increases with laughing, singing, loud talking and difficulty maintaining physical distance. The latest guidance on Gatherings is available here:
All Californians are being asked to follow this order to protect themselves, their families and their communities. The order provides a new tool for local officials & law enforcement personnel to use to protect public health and safety, should they need it. The State COVID-19 Enforcement Taskforce will continue to work closely with local officials to implement the order and coordinate strategic, targeted enforcement actions with the goal of adjusting behavior, interrupting dangerous actions and defiance of public health orders, and restoring compliance.