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Updates on the Coronavirus and Travel to Sonoma County, CA

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Updated February 9, 2022

Sonoma County will lift universal mask requirements for vaccinated individuals in most indoor public settings beginning Wednesday, February 16. This aligns with similar measures in other Bay Area counties, as well as the State of California.

Indoor masking is still required by the state for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public transportation; health care settings; congregate settings like correctional facilities and homeless shelters; long-term facilities; and in K-12 schools and childcare settings. 

Workplaces will continue to follow the COVID-19 prevention standards set by CalOSHA.

What To Expect When Visiting  

Here is a useful article that provides suggestions and tips to have a fun and enjoyable Sonoma County visit. We encourage everyone to practice an extra dose of kindness and consideration when visiting. Coming back from a global pandemic takes time, and many businesses are still ramping up, which includes staffing levels. Make reservations ahead of time to confirm service levels and secure your favorite locations. 

Transportation  

If traveling through Sonoma County’s Charles M. Schulz airport (STS), please check out www.flysts.com for travel safety information. STS is recognized with the Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI).  

Service on Sonoma County Airport Express is operational with enhanced policies and procedures to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers and employees.  

Meetings & Events  

In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators, or hosts may choose to:

  • Provide information to all patrons, guests, and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
  • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
  • Require all patrons to wear masks.

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

Mega Events

Starting February 16, 2022, the California Department of Public Health Guidance on Mega Events will return to thresholds of 1,000 attendees for Indoor Mega Events and 10,000 attendees for Outdoor Mega Events. Read full requirements and guidance. 

Sonoma County Tourism is encouraging everyone to follow public health authorities’ recommendations  and to review the Safe Travels Promise as a way to keep our community and visitors safe.  

COVID-19 Resources   

Masks Required Signage  

Sonoma County Tourism has “masks required” signage free to download, print, and post to your place of business. You can access them here.    

COVID-19 Testing Locations    

Free, convenient, and confidential COVID-19 testing is available to all Sonoma County residents, regardless of document status. There are many testing locations in Sonoma County.    

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics   

Vaccination is the most important tool to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Every Californian 12 and up is eligible for vaccination. It’s safe, effective, and free. There are many vaccination opportunities in Sonoma County. 

Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record   

With more Sonoma County businesses electing to require proof of vaccination from their patrons, fully vaccinated individuals may want to consider downloading their digital vaccine record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. Just enter a few details to get a link to a QR code that leads to a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record. For more information on this resource, click here.   

Health Protocols 

Anytime a person is traveling, attention to hygiene is important.  We encourage travelers to follow the safety outlines as provided by the Centers for Disease Control, and the Sonoma County Health Officer: 

  1. Please abide by local and business-specific masking requirements. 

  1. Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub, or soap and water.  It is suggested that a 20-second washing is appropriate. 

  1. Maintain social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing. 

  1. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.  The virus enters the body through these three areas. 

  1. Practice respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissues when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. 

  1. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, do not go into public spaces. Seek medical care. 

Should you find yourself feeling ill while in Sonoma County, the region is served by three major healthcare providers: 

For more information visit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 public information website or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s FAQs microsite.   

We hope everyone stays healthy and happy. 

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