Updates on the Coronavirus and Travel to Sonoma County, CA

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Updated July 1, 2020.

Fourth of July Weekend Safety Measures:  Sonoma Coast state beaches parking lots and pullouts will close Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Highway 1. Please be responsible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including in the outdoors.

Basic Sonoma County Safety Measures

  • Masks required in public – YES
  • Physical distancing required in public – YES
  • Call ahead to confirm business service levels and safety protocols – YES

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.

Accommodations:

Since June 19, leisure travel is once again be permitted in Sonoma County. Some lodging businesses remain closed. Please contact lodging businesses, in advance, to determine their availability.

Wineries/Breweries/Distilleries:

As of June 12th, wineries and Breweries are allowed to operate without being required to serve food at the same time, however they are encouraged to continue serving food. While protective protocols will be followed, Sonoma County wineries, breweries and distilleries are excited to welcome guests back to their properties. Reservations are required, so please call ahead to reserve your experience.

Restaurants: 

Many restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dining as well as offering take out and/or delivery services. We encourage visitors to contact the business you would like to visit, in advance, to determine their level of service. 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.  See here for ideas.

Attractions:

Movie theaters, museums and galleries, and certain family entertainment businesses like mini golf are able to open under the new health order from June 19, 2020. Please contact the attraction you are interested in visiting, in advance.

Parks and Recreation:

Fourth of July Weekend Safety Measures: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sonoma Coast state beaches will close parking lots and pullouts on Highway 1, but beach access remains open to foot traffic.

Inland and coastal parks are open. Beach visitors can enjoy active recreation, as well as sunbathing and relaxing. Barbecues, picnic areas, campgrounds and other park facilities that encourage gatherings are closed. Recreational campgrounds are allowed to reopen as long as campers comply with social distancing and hygiene requirements. Please check with the campground if the facility is open. The health order also allows barbecues and picnic areas to be used by an individual or a household group.

Sonoma County Regional Parks campgrounds will reopen July 1.

Activities that are indoors, or outdoors but involve high-touch equipment, or that encourage group gatherings are generally not allowed including spas, playgrounds and spectator sports.

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. Use is limited to a single individual, members of the same household or organized groups, leagues, camps or childcare providers who all must comply with social distancing protocols. 

Most regional parks’ in-person public programs and events are cancelled until further notice.

Events:

Many events in Sonoma County are canceled during spring/summer 2020. See events calendar and contact the event organizers directly.

Sonoma County Airport (STS)

Sonoma County’s Charles M. Schulz airport is open, with limited flight service. Check out www.flysts.com for more details.

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. 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.  

We hope everyone stays healthy and happy.

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A Virtual Toast From Sonoma County, Cheers!