Updates on the Coronavirus and Travel to Sonoma County, CA
State public health officials have extended a Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County, due to rising cases of COVID-19, increasing hospitalizations and, specifically, low ICU capacity rates for the larger Bay Area region. The restrictions will remain in place until the state’s four-week projections of the Bay Area’s total available ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15 percent.
In early December, Sonoma County proactively adopted the Stay-Home Order, which took effect Dec. 12, ahead of the region moving under the order on Dec. 17.
Under the extended order, residents are directed to stay at home except for work, shopping or other essential activities, such as medical appointments. All sectors other than retail and essential operations must be closed. Outdoor recreation will be allowed. The new restrictions will remain in effect for at least January 2021.
Under the order, the following operations will be required to cease both indoor and outdoor services:
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Personal care services
- Movie theaters (except for drive-in theaters)
- Wineries, bars, breweries and distilleries (except for operations related to production, manufacturing, distribution and retail sales for off-site consumption)
- Family entertainment centers
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums
- Live audience sports
- Amusement parks
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.
This is why we instituted the Safe Travels Promise.
Basic Sonoma County Safety Information
- Masks required in public – YES
- Physical distancing required in public – YES
- Call ahead to confirm business service levels and safety protocols – YES
We hope everyone stays healthy and happy.
Hotels, vacation rentals and other lodging will only be allowed to offer accommodations for those coming to the area for essential work or for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures. Please contact lodging businesses, in advance, to determine their availability. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
Wineries, bars, breweries, brewpubs and distilleries are only open for retail sales for off-site consumption.
Restaurants are open for takeout, pick up or delivery services. We encourage visitors to contact the business you would like to visit, in advance, to determine their level of service.
Retail operations will be allowed to continue at 20 percent capacity, or 35 percent capacity for stand-alone grocery stores. Curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping are encouraged. To support local businesses see here for ideas.
Movie theaters (except for drive-in theaters), family entertainment centers, museums and Family entertainment centers are closed under the new health order. Please contact any attraction you are interested in visiting, in advance to confirm.
Inland and coastal parks are open. See more here.
Outdoor activities will be allowed but only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise. Outdoor gym operations will be allowed, but no indoor activities are permitted. No food, drink or alcohol sales will be allowed. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted. Playgrounds may remain open to facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise.
The Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery does not currently allow businesses, or activities like live theaters, concert venues, or festivals to operate at this time. See our events calendar for more information and contact the event organizers directly.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. It is suggested that a 20-second washing is appropriate.
- Maintain social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. The virus enters the body through these three areas.
- 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.
- 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:
- California State Government guidance for industry: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/#guidance
- Visit California Coronavirus Resource Page: https://industry.visitcalifornia.com/coronavirus
- Johns Hopkins University global map and dashboard: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
- California Coronavirus Resource Page: https://covid19.ca.gov
- California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
- U.S. Travel Association Resource Page: https://www.ustravel.org/coronavirus
- Sonoma County Resource Page: http://sonomaedb.org/Business-Assistance/Coronavirus/Resilience-Roadmap/