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Updates on the Coronavirus and Travel to Sonoma County, CA

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Updated November 19, 2020.

Safe Travels in Sonoma County

Sonoma County Tourism joins our health department, and all County officials, to provide safety recommendations and guidance to protect both visitors and residents.

Sonoma Safe Seal

 

This is why we instituted the Safe Travels Promise.

 

Basic Sonoma County Safety Information

  • Businesses, including wineries, restaurants, retail, and hotels are open. Call ahead to confirm business service levels and safety protocols.
  • Masks required in public.
  • Physical distancing required in public.
  • Individuals may be cited or fined for failing to wear face coverings, or not maintaining distance.

We hope everyone stays healthy and happy.

On November 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a limited stay at home order, effective in counties under the purple tier, which includes Sonoma County. This order requires that all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10:00pm PST and 5:00am PST. Nothing in this order prevents any number of persons from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of persons from any other household, except as specifically permitted herein. This order remains in effect until December 21, 2020.

Accommodations:

Lodging businesses are operating with modifications. They follow this guidance for hotels and short-term lodging rentals for tourism and individual travel to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. This guidance includes additional considerations for short-term rental units.

Wineries/Breweries/Distilleries:

Wineries and breweries are open for outdoor service.  Bars, clubs, breweries, brewpubs and distilleries may serve alcohol outdoors, only in conjunction with a meal. Most require reservations; some allow walk-ups.

Restaurants: 

Restaurants are open for outdoor dining as well as offering take out and/or delivery services. See restaurant and dining trip ideas.

Shopping:

Walk-in customers are allowed for walk-in shopping, within certain parameters, however curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping are encouraged.  To support local businesses see here for ideas. 

Massages – Facials – Spas

Personal care services are open indoors with modifications. That includes esthetic and skin care services, nail services, and massage services. Please check with individual businesses regarding their services menu.

Attractions:

Outdoor attractions may be open, with modifications. Movie theaters, family entertainment centers, museums and card rooms are closed. Please contact any attraction you are interested in visiting, in advance to confirm availability.

Parks and Recreation:

Inland and coastal parks are open, although some high-touch facilities may be closed. Beach visitors can enjoy active recreation, as well as sunbathing and relaxing. Recreational campgrounds are open as long as campers comply with social distancing and hygiene requirements. The health order also allows barbecues and picnic areas to be used by an individual or a household group.

In compliance with social distancing restrictions, the following park facilities are open: tennis courts, disc golf courses, basketball courts, pickleball courts and other shared sports facilities can be used by a single individual, members of the same household or organized groups, leagues, camps or childcare providers who comply with social distancing protocols. Playgrounds are open. Dog parks are open, but water is not available, so please bring water for your pet. Most in-person public programs and events are cancelled.

See this status list for information on closures and allowed uses at specific parks.

Events:

Many in-person events are canceled, such as theatrical events, concerts and festivals. However, many businesses are offering outdoor or virtual events.  See our events calendar for more information, or contact the event organizers directly.

Transportation

Sonoma County’s Charles M. Schulz airport (STS) is open, with limited flight service. Check www.flysts.com for more details.  Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport (STS) recently received the Airport Health Accreditation from Airports Council International (ACI). STS is one of the first 12 airports in the U.S. and one of just three in the Western United States to earn this recognition

Service on Sonoma County Airport Express is currently suspended.

    Celebrate without Gathering – Holiday Guidelines:

    Health officers from the counties of Alameda, the city of Berkeley, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma County issued joint recommendations for staying safe during the holidays. The recommendations cover gatherings and travel, with recommended steps to reduce risk. Full details can be seen here.

    The safest way to celebrate this holiday season is to do so virtually or with members of your household. Gathering with people outside your household – even extended family– increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Limit gatherings to no more than 12 people from no more than three households. However, there are many ways to enjoy the holidays with loved ones without gathering:

    • Enjoy holiday traditions at home with your household
    • Decorate your home and/or yard
    • Share a virtual meal with family and friends
    • Host online parties and/or contests
    • Prepare meals using traditional recipes and deliver to family and neighbors
    • Attend holiday movie nights at drive-in venues
    • Visit holiday-themed outdoor art installations
    • Participate in drive-by events where everyone stays in their vehicles

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    General Information and Health Protocols

    California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. Please check this page for Sonoma County’s latest Blueprint for a Safer Economy status.

    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. On June 18, the state of California released new guidance mandating the use of cloth face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions. 
    2. You should wear face coverings when in public places, particularly when those locations are indoors or in other areas where physical distancing is not possible.
    3. Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.  It is suggested that a 20-second washing is appropriate.
    4. Maintain social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    5. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.  The virus enters the body through these three areas.
    6. 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.
    7. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, do not go into public spaces. Seek medical care.

    The CDC has more information on travel recommendations and three levels of travel advisories. 

    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.  

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