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Updates on the Coronavirus and Travel to Sonoma County, CA

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On April 7, 2021, Sonoma County moves into the orange tier of the State of California's  Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning more restrictions have been lifted. 

Some changes for the orange tier include:

  • Hotels and Lodging Open with modifications
    • Fitness centers (+25%)
    • Indoor pools
  • Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries Open indoors with modifications
  • Bars (where no meal provided; follow restaurant guidance where meal is provided)
    • Open outdoors with modifications
  • Restaurants Open indoors with modifications
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers Open indoors with modifications
    • Max 25% capacity
    • Indoor pools
  • All retail can operate indoors with modifications
  • Shopping Centers (Malls, Destination Centers, Swap Meets) Open indoors with modifications
    • Closed common areas
    • Reduced capacity food courts (see restaurants)
  • Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums Open indoors with modifications
    • Indoor activities max 50% capacity
  • Family Entertainment Centers Open indoors for naturally distanced activities with modifications
    • Max 25% capacity
    • Bowling Alleys
  • Movie Theaters Open indoors with modifications
    • Max 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer

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.

Sonoma Safe Seal


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


Sonoma County’s Charles M. Schulz airport (STS) is open. Check 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 will be resuming May 3rd with enhanced policies and procedures similar to those implemented by major airlines. Learn more about details on how they are ensuring the safety and comfort of all passengers and employees.

Meetings & Events

California has updated the Blueprint for a Safer Economy with new guidance for gatherings, receptions, and conferences, as is found in the Activity and Business Tiers Framework. The CDPH has also released Private Venue and Event guidance outlining additional detail regarding what is allowed/restricted within the tier capacities.

Currently Sonoma County is in the orange tier which allows for private events and meetings to occur indoors and outdoors with modifications as follows:

  • Gatherings: Social, informal gatherings (no defined guest list required | no testing or vaccination required)
    • Attendance must be limited to a maximum of 50 people
    • Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in all tiers but are allowed with modifications and capacity limits in the Red, Orange, and Yellow tiers with max 25% capacity in settings where capacity limits exists or 25 people or whichever is fewer
  • Private Events or Meetings: Receptions or conferences with pre-purchased tickets or a defined guest list and assigned seating
    • Outdoor: Attendance must be limited to a maximum of 100; If attendees show proof of negative test or full vaccination, then a maximum of 300 people; Attendance limits include all staff and volunteers working at the event (unless testing protocols per the CDPH guidance is met)
    • Indoors: Attendance must be limited to a maximum of 150 guests and all guests must show proof of negative test or proof of full vaccination

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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