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Updates on the Coronavirus and Travel to Sonoma County, CA

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Due to the spread of Covid-19 Delta variant, Sonoma County joined Bay Area counties in re-instating an indoor mask mandate, effective August 3, 2021 at 12:01AM.  

Face Covering Requirements: This order directs that face coverings shall be worn, regardless of vaccination status, over the mouth and nose, in all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and workplaces, such as, but not limited to: offices, retail stores, restaurants, bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference centers, schools, daycares, and State and local government offices serving the public.   

Exemptions from Face Covering Requirements:   

  • Persons who are working alone in a closed office or room; 
  • Persons who are actively eating and/or drinking;  
  • Persons swimming or showering in a fitness facility;  
  • Persons who are obtaining a medical or cosmetic service involving the head or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;  
  • Persons who are specifically exempted from wearing face coverings pursuant to other CDPH guidance. 

 The full health order can be found here.   

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 secure your favorite locations.   


If traveling through Sonoma County’s Charles M. Schulz airport (STS), please check out 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  

Face coverings shall be worn, regardless of vaccination status, over the mouth and nose, in all indoor public settings, venues, and gatherings, including restaurants, bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference centers.  

Mega-Events must continue to comply with the restrictions set forth in the CDPH guidance Beyond the Blueprint for Industries and Sectors . 

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 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. You should wear face coverings when indoors in workplaces and public settings or in other areas where physical distancing is not possible. 

  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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