Health Orders

Orders of the State of California

Statewide and County Closures

  • Date effective: August 31, 2020 (Supersedes state's July 13 order and portions of the Sonoma County’s Order of the Health Officer No. C19-15)
  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has updated the framework for how businesses and activities can be reopened in each County. Known as the California’s Plan for Reducing COVID-19 and Adjusting Permitted Sector Activities to Keep Californians Healthy and Safe, this framework will rely on a set of tiers corresponding to specific epidemiological profiles based on indicators of disease burden including case rates per capita and percent of positive covid-19 tests and proportion of testing and other covid-19 response efforts addressing the most impacted populations within a county.
  • The four progressive tiers—from most to least restrictive—are purple (widespread), red (substantial), orange (moderate), and yellow (minimal). For each progressive Tier, this framework will permit a broader range of reopening guided by risk-based criteria pertinent to each sector. To progress to a less restrictive Tier, a County must measure within certain criteria, that are:
    • The number of new cases per 100,000 residents per day (based on 7-day average with a 7-day lag)
    • The percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive
  • When a local health jurisdiction moves to a Tier permitting further reopening, it cannot advance to the next Tier for 21 days.
  • Sonoma County is currently in the Orange (Moderate) Tier. The orange tier permits outdoor activities with modifications for all bars not serving food; and permits indoor activities with modifications for personal care services, museums, zoos, aquariums, places of worship, movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, family entertainment centers (kart racing, mini-golf, bowling alleys, etc.), card rooms, and professional sports, hair salons and barbershops, all retail (including shopping centers), and hotels and lodging. Offices may also open indoor activities with modifications; however, employers are encouraged to have employees work remotely.
  • For more information on closures, county variances, and Tiers.
  • What’s Open in Sonoma County
  • Guidance for gatherings (updated April 15, 2021)

Face Coverings Required in Public Spaces

  • Date effective: November 16, 2020 (replaces June 18, 2020, guidance)
  • Requires all state residents to wear a face covering outside of their homes in all situations except: persons in a car alone or solely with members of their own household; persons who are working in an office or in a room alone; persons who are actively eating or drinking provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence; persons who are outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing from others not in their household (such persons must have a face covering with them at all times and must put it on if they are within 6 feet of others who are not in their household); persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service; workers who are required to wear respiratory protection; persons who are specifically exempted from wearing face coverings by other CDPH guidance.
  • The following people are exempted from wearing a mask at all times: persons younger than two years old (these very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation); persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering (this includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. Such conditions are rare.); persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication; persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
  • For more information on guidance.

Orders of the Sonoma County Health Officer 

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-17): December 2020 Order

  • Date of Order: December 10, 2020
  • Effective 12:01 a.m. on December 12, 2020, and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2021, unless it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the County of Sonoma Health Officer.
  • The California Department of Public Health issued a Regional Stay at Home Order on December 3, 2020, and a Supplement to Regional Stay at Home Order on December 6, 2020, which impose new restrictions on gatherings, travel, and business activities, effective regionally based when available ICU capacity drops below 15 percent. To protect the health and safety of County residents, it is necessary to implement the State Order restrictions before the State Order becomes effective regionally.
  • Other Orders: To the extent that this Order conflicts with the Health Officer’s June 18, 2020, Order (C19-15), as amended, which authorizes businesses to operate in the County in accordance with State guidelines and restrictions applicable to the tier of the State Blueprint that the County is in, or any other Order issued by the Health Officer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this Order will control.
  • Under the order, retail operations will be allowed to continue at 20 percent capacity, or 35 percent capacity for stand-alone grocery stores, schools that have received waivers will be allowed to continue operation, places of worship will still be permitted to hold outdoor services, and restaurants will be able to offer take-out, pick up, or delivery. 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. But 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
  • For More Information

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-15): Stay Well Sonoma County

  • Date of Order: June 18, 2020 (Supersedes Order No. C19-14 and its Amendments No. 1)
  • Amendment No. 1 (Dated and effective September 23, 2020) to the Order This Amendment aligns the local order with the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy (“Blueprint Activity and Business Tiers”) and allows all activities and businesses to operate consistent with Sonoma County’s tier status as it moves between tiers.
  • Effective 12:01 a.m. on June 19, 2020, and will continue until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the County of Sonoma Health Officer.
  • The intent of this Order is to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible and mitigate the impact on delivery of critical healthcare services. All provisions of this Order must be interpreted to effectuate this intent. This Order also includes County-specific restrictions, including social distancing and hygiene requirements.
  • This order expands the type of outdoor recreation or sports activities from previous orders to include groups not to exceed 12 persons with no direct physical contact, including in areas for boating, kayaking, and other on-water activities. Childcare and summer camp programs must also keep groups of 12 or fewer and which will not co-mingle with other groups, with person-to-person contact not allowed.
  • This order expands the list of businesses to operate in the County consistent with the State’s Variance and includes those in the travel industry and all personal service businesses, including nail salons, massage and tattoo studios. Business must post their Social Distancing Protocol at or near the entrance of the relevant facility, and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees.
  • Facilities that may have higher risk activities will remain closed. This groups includes, but is not limited to, indoor swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms; group picnic areas; ice rinks, roller rinks, and indoor playgrounds; festivals, public events, and other gatherings over 12 people; convention centers; live theater and concert venues; live audience sports; nightclubs; theme parks; higher education; any other activity prohibited by the State.
  • FAQs: Stay Well Sonoma County

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-16-I): Updated Isolation Order

  • Date of Order: July 22, 2020 (Supersedes Order No.19-12-I)
  • Under the Authority of the California Health and Safety Code Sections 101040, 101085, and 120175, the County of Sonoma Health Officer Orders All individuals who have COVID-19 or are likely to have COVID-19 must immediately take the following actions:
    • Isolate themselves in their home, another residence, or a location offered by the County.
    • Follow all required listed in the Home Isolation Instructions for People Diagnosed with or Likely to Have COVID-19.
    • Tell their close contacts that they need to quarantine themselves and refer them to the Home Quarantine Instructions. Close contacts may include people who live in, visited, or have stayed overnight at the individual's residence; are intimate sexual partners of the individual; worked within six feet of the individual; provide care to the individual without wearing a mask, a face shield or googles, gown or gloves; or have been identified as close contacts by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.
    • Close contacts must isolate themselves for a period of 48 hours before symptoms begin (or in absence of symptoms, 48 hours before the date the test sample of the positive test was collected) and can end isolation if the conditions described in Paragraph 9 of the Order are met.
  • The period of isolation of a person ends will be one of the following: 
    • Persons with a positive test who never develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from date of their positive test (which is the date the test sample was collected).
    • Persons who are isolating because they are likely to have COVID-19 based on symptoms, but have not tested or are awaiting test results, may end their period of isolation if they test negative for COVID-19. If the person never tests for COVID-19, the person’s period of isolation is the same as the person with symptoms and a positive test in subsection 9(c).
    • Persons with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and a positive test must isolate until:
      • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of both fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) without the use of fever-reducing medications; and
      • Improvement of symptoms; and
      • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started.
  • These persons are required to follow all instructions in this Order and the Home Isolation and Quarantine Instructions guidance documents referenced in this Order.
  • Persons subject to Isolation Order  C-19-12-I must continue to comply with the terms of that order.

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-18-Q): Updated Quarantine Order

  • Date of Order: December 21, 2020 (Supersedes Order No. 19-12-Q)
  • All household members, intimate partners, caregivers, recent visitors, and coworkers within six feet of a person with COVID-19 (or a "Case"), and those contacted by the disease control program as having been exposed to a person with COVID-19, must quarantine themselves in one of two conditions: (1) by staying in their home or another residence for 14 days from the last date they were in contact with the Case; or (2) 10 days from the last date that they were in contact with the Case as long as the individual obtains COVID-19 testing 8 days or more since last contact with the Case, and the results are negative. They may not leave their place of quarantine for any reason except to receive necessary medical care or during an emergency that requires evacuation to protect the health and safety of that person.
  • These persons are required to follow all instructions in this Order and the Home Isolation and Quarantine Instructions guidance documents referenced in this Order.
  • Any person who is subject to Quarantine Order C19-12-Q should continue to comply with the terms of that order.

Order of the Health Officer (No. 19-13): Limited Parks Activities Expanded

  • Date of Order: June 2, 2020 (Supersedes Order No. 19-11)
  • Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, the intent and effect of this Order is to allow limited use of parks for lower risk outdoor recreation and exercise to sustain residents’ physical and mental health including walking, jogging, hiking, biking, golfing, fishing and other outdoor activities where individuals and households can exercise with protective safeguards. Sonoma Coast parks and beaches may also be reopened at this time
  • The following restrictions apply: face coverings must be worn when coming within 6 feet of other people at a park; restrooms, playgrounds, dog parks, picnic areas, some parking lots, and many sports courts remain closed. Please read the order for the full list.
  • Additional restrictions may apply to City parks. Please check back for updates.
  • FAQs: How the Amended Parks Closure Order impacts City of Santa Rosa Parks

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-08): Congregate Care/Living Facilities

  • Date of Order: April 16, 2020
  • Requiring all individuals entering certain congregate care/living facilities to take certain preventative measures including masking and symptoms screening to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19. Requiring emergency medical service providers and first responders to symptom screen and wear medical-grade masks while responding to calls or on patrol.
  • Types of Qualifying Congregate Care / Living Facilities

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-02): Residential Care Facilities Visitation

  • Date of Order: March 14, 2020
  • Limits visitation of visitors for residents of long-term care facilities to outdoors and under adherence to social distancing and masking orders and guidelines for COVID-19.
  • Family and friends of residents in Long-Term Care Facilities may visit the resident as long as the facility and the visitor strictly comply with guidance issued by the Health Officer entitled “Guidance for Visitation in Long-Term Care Facilities” found here.