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Updates on the Coronavirus and Travel to Sonoma County, CA

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Updated June 10, 2022

What To Expect When Visiting  

Although not mandatory in Sonoma County, masking is strongly recommended by the California Department of Public Health for most public indoor settings, and health officials say wearing higher-quality masks (N95/KN95 or snug-fitting surgical masks) indoors is a wise choice that will help people protect their health. Vaccines remain the best protection against COVID-19. Sonoma County businesses may still choose to request that patrons wear masks if they desire. 

Sonoma County Tourism encourages 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. We recommend this helpful article that provides suggestions and tips to have a fun and enjoyable Sonoma County visit. 

Sonoma County Tourism places our community’s and visitors’ well-being as our highest priority while we continue to provide the latest updates from official sources about travel and COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on travel to Sonoma County including more detailed information, please visit the County of Sonoma's Coronavirus Health Order and Guidance page. 

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

As of May 2, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated its guidance to define Mega-Events as indoor events with 1,000 or more people and outdoor events with 10,000 or more people in attendance.  

This includes events like conventions, conferences, and expos, concerts, shows, and nightclubs, sporting events, live events, and entertainment, fairs, festivals, and parades, theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks, large private events or gatherings, large races, marathons, and endurance events, and car shows. 

In settings where masks are strongly recommended the CDPH advises, that businesses, venue operators, or hosts should consider requiring attendees who do not provide proof of vaccination to enter indoor Mega Events to continue masking during the event, especially when not actively eating or drinking. 

These recommendations will continue to be updated as CDPH continues to assess conditions on an ongoing basis. California must be vigilant to maintain situational awareness through surveillance and be ready to pause or reinstate a higher level of protective mitigation recommendations or requirements. 

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   

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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