• May 1, 2020 3:28 PM

Am I allowed to leave my home while this Shelter in Place Order in in effect?

Am I allowed to leave my home while this Shelter in Place Order in in effect?

Am I allowed to leave my home while this Shelter in Place Order in in effect? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

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.