• May 1, 2020 2:53 PM

When will the Health Officer loosen more restrictions?

When will the Health Officer loosen more restrictions?

When will the Health Officer loosen more restrictions? 150 150 Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness Information

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.


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.