Updates on the Coronavirus and Travel to Sonoma County, CA

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Cherished residents and visitors:

SAFE Travels Promise

As Sonoma County makes plans to reopen, we will try our best to keep you updated as to the types of businesses and services you can frequent while in the area.  We hope this resource will help you make the best decision about any travel in the County so you can be as efficient as possible – retaining your health and safety.

We’ll place the latest health order at the top and then list, by category, the open business sectors.

As of Friday, May 22, 2020:

The Sonoma County Health Officer today amended the Public Shelter-in-Place Health Order to expand the list of businesses able to operate in the County as allowed by the State’s approval of the County’s Variance request to accelerate into Stage 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan. The amended Shelter in Place Health Order will become effective 12:01 a.m. on May 23, 2020.

Among the significant changes are: 

  • Restaurants and food facilities may offer onsite sit-down outdoor meals
  • Wineries, tasting rooms, bars, pubs, breweries and craft distilleries may offer:
    a) curbside pick-up, delivery, shipping; and
    b) sit-down outdoor meals in accordance with their land use permit and if the business has a food-facility permit (if applicable)
  • Summer day camps and other educational or recreational institutions or programs may provide childcare/supervision for children of all ages
  • Ceremonies (including graduations and religious activities) may be conducted with household members attending in closed motorized vehicles

All businesses shall comply with local and state orders and guidance, including preparing, posting, and implementing a Social Distancing Protocol.

View Sonoma County's Health & Safety Protocols

Businesses Open to the Public

Food & Wine

Experience wineries, tasting rooms, bars, pubs, breweries and craft distilleries

Wineries, breweries and bars may also open for outdoor dining if meals are served. The outdoor activities are allowed as they pose less of a risk of virus transmission than indoor activities and patrons are limited at a table to members of the same household or living unit. Curbside pickup or doorstep delivery is available, so are many virtual tastings. More details here.   For details see the following member list of Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, Alexander Valley Winegrowers as well as the following:

List of Wineries and Breweries

Restaurants Offer Outdoor Dining, Pickup and Takeout

logo for take outUnder the new order restaurants may open for outdoor sit-down dining. All tables need to be separated by six-feet. Outdoor seating arrangements are limited to no more than ten (10) members of a single household or living unit. All members of the party must be present before seating and hosts must bring the entire party to the table at one time. See here for more details.

Takeout and delivery of chef prepared meals are still encouraged. Since some hours have been limited, we recommend visitors to contact these locations directly for orders. Download our  list of restaurants with daily updated info on food service options or check out the map below: 

Map of Restaurants

Disclaimer: As this is an ever-changing situation, we urge you to call the businesses that you’re interested in buying from directly for the most up-to-date information. If you're not able to enjoy your favorite eateries here at this time, you can also support Sonoma County restaurants by purchasing gift cards and certificates.

Farms, Locally Grown Produce, and Artisan Food Products

Sonoma County is home to many local farms offering freshly harvested produce and culinary experiences. Browse through the Sonoma County Farm Trails resource page or map for local delivery, takeout, on-site sales and online orders. Some farmers markets continue to offer local produce from community farmers and vendors, while adhering to health guidelines. Please contact each business directly to confirm hours or any changes.  

Outdoor Recreation

Regional Parks

Sonoma County Regional Parks: Residents can drive to inland parks, while Sonoma Coastal parking area stay closed to prevent crowding at beaches. Residents may walk or bike to nearby parks during limited hours.  Activities allowed in the park are limited to walking, hiking, jogging, biking and fishing. Parking lots, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports courts and dog parks will remain closed, as will Sonoma Coast beaches. Social distancing rules apply. Face coverings need to be worn within 6 feet of other visitors. Some arrangements are being made for disabled visitors to be able to drive to certain parks. Enjoy this virtual tour of Sonoma County’s parks.

Fishing

Fishing (both commercial and recreational) is allowed. Adherence to the mandates surrounding the fishing location must be followed.

Golfing

Golfing is allowed as a recreational outdoor activity, and players, golf courses, and golf driving ranges are subject to strict golf safety requirements; owners and operators must provide security or patrolling, and will be responsible for ensuring golfers comply with these requirements.

Hiking

Hiking is allowed within parks and outdoor spaces. We suggest downloading our newly expanded wildflower guide to your phone for future use.

Shopping

Curbside pickup, delivery, and shipping are allowed for retail businesses including:

  • Shopping malls
  • Strip malls
  • Outlets 
  • Jewelry stores
  • Toy stores
  • Single store clothing retailers
  • Shoes stores
  • Home and furnishing retailers
  • Sporting goods retailers
  • Antique stores
  • Music stores

Manufacturers that produce goods for essential businesses and retail stores may also operate.

Further Information:

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 must wear a face masks in public settings other than walking or exercising.
  2. Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.  It is suggested that a 20-second washing is appropriate.
  3. Maintain social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.  The virus enters the body through these three areas.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

A Virtual Toast From Sonoma County, Cheers!