Health Officer Orders

Orders of the Sonoma County Health Officer 

Order of the Health Office (No. C19-09): Shelter-in-Place Extended Beyond May 3, 2020

  • Date of Order: May 1, 2020 (Supersedes Order No. 19-05)
  • Effective 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020, and will continue to be in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the County of Sonoma Health Officer.
  • This Order supersedes the March 31, 2020, Shelter in Place Order of the Health Officer (C19-05) directing all individuals to shelter in place. This order reduces restrictions in a number of important employment areas including but not limited to construction, landscaping services, real estate viewing, golfing, nurseries, pool cleaning, environmental site remediation services, and car and bicycle sales.
  • Amendment No. 3 (dated May 22, 2020; effective May 23, 2020) to the Order expands the list of businesses able to operate in the County consistent with the State’s Variance process. Restaurants, food facilities, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms are allowed to operate outdoors if they offer sit-down meals, including providing the meals by contract with another vendor. This Amendment also expands childcare to include summer day programs, allows drive-in ceremonies and movies, clarifies that counseling provided by faith based organizations can be provided in-person if teleworking is not possible, and allows libraries to offer curbside pickup. All businesses, including public agencies, operating in the County shall comply with local and state orders and guidance, including preparing, posting, and implementing a Social Distancing Protocol at all facilities operating in the County, as well as requiring all employees to perform a self-check for COVID-19 symptoms and temperature check before reporting to their work site or other assignment away from their residence. Employers should use the free Sonoma County SoCo COVID-19 Check Application for Apple IOS version and Android version. Amendment No. 3 expands the list of business allowed to those mentioned in Amendment No. 1 and Amendment No. 2.
  • Amendment No. 2 (dated May 14, 2020; effective May 15, 2020) to the Order allows childcare facilities, some outdoor museums and spaces, and many outdoor services to operate. These businesses include, but are not limited to: (1) outdoor services such as landscapers, car washes, arborists, pool cleaners, dog walkers, and residential and commercial cleaning services; (2) outdoor museums, open-air galleries, and botanical gardens; and (3) childcare facilities subject to certain conditions. The Amendment also authorizes curbside pick-up, delivery, and shipping from shopping malls, strip malls, and outlets. This Amendment does NOT allow the operations of outdoor restaurants, cafes, bars, or personal care services (nail salons, barbershop, tattoo and piercing, etc.), zoos, amusements parks, or indoor museum/gallery spaces, among other types of services. Amendment No. 2 expands the list of business allowed to those mentioned in Amendment No. 1.
  • Amendment No. 1 (dated May 7, 2020) to the Order allows for certain retail businesses to open for curbside pickup and delivery only. These businesses include, but are not limited to: bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores, and music stores. In addition, manufacturers that produce goods in support of those businesses may also resume operations. All businesses allowed to reopen under this amended Health Order must plan, develop, post and implement social distancing, face coverings, and worker/consumer safety protocols. Higher-risk businesses such as hair salons, gyms, store fronts and shopping malls, offices, and dining-in restaurants shall remain closed.
  • FAQs: Shelter in Place

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-12-I): Updated Isolation Order

  • Date of Order: May 18, 2020 (Supersedes Order No.19-06-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 been symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and a positive test must isolate until:
    • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery; 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 C19-06-I must continue to comply with the terms of that order.

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-12-Q): Updated Quarantine Order

  • Date of Order: May 18, 2020 (Supersedes Order No. 19-06-Q)
  • All household members, intimate partners, caregivers, recent visitors, and coworkers within six feet of a person with COVID-19, and those contacted by the disease control program as having been exposed to a person with COVID-19, must quarantine themselves by staying in their home or another residence for 14 days from the last date they were in contact with a person with COVID-19. 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 C19-06-Q should continue to comply with the terms of that order.

Order of the Health Officer (No. 19-11): Limiting Use of Parks Expanded

  • Date of Order: May 12, 2020 (Supersedes Order No. 19-10)
  • Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 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 and other outdoor activities where individuals and households can exercise with protective safeguards.
  • The following restrictions apply: face coverings must be warn when coming within 6 feet of other people at a park; restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, some parking lots, and many sports courts remain closed; Sonoma Coast parks and beaches are open in mornings and evenings to nearby residents who walk or bike to the parks from their homes (coastal parking lots 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. C19-07): Facial Coverings

  • Date of Order: April 13, 2020
  • Effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020, all persons shall wear facial coverings before they enter any indoor facility besides their residence, any enclosed open space, or while outdoors when the person is unable to maintain a six-foot distance from another person at all times.
  • FAQs: Facial Coverings

Previous and/or Expired Health Orders

Order of the Health Officer (No. 19-10): Limiting Use of Parks

  • Date of Order: April 28, 2020 (Superseded Order No. 19-04)
  • Superseded by Order No. 19-11
  • Effective 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, the intent and effect of this Order is to allow restricted and limited use of some parks to provide the opportunity for residents to walk, jog, hike, or bike to and in parks near their homes.
  • The following restrictions apply: driving to and parking at a park is not allowed; face coverings must be warn when coming within 6 feet of other people at a park; parking lots, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, and sports courts remain closed; Sonoma Coast beaches remain closed due to the potential for crowding and challenges with enforcing limited access. Please read the order for the full list.
  • FAQs: How the Amended Parks Closure Order impacts City of Santa Rosa Parks

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-06-I): Public Health Emergency Isolation Order

  • Date of Order: April 10, 2020
  • Superseded by Order No. C19-12-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 been diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19 must isolate themselves. These persons are required to follow all instructions in this Order and the Home Isolation and Quarantine Instructions guidance documents referenced in this Order.
  • FAQs: Public Health Emergency Isolation Order

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-06-Q): Quarantine Order for COVID-19

  • Date of Order: April 10, 2020
  • Superseded by Order No. C19-12-Q
  • All household members, intimate partners, caregivers of a person with COVID-19, and those contacted by the disease control program as having been exposed to a person with COVID-19 must quarantine themselves. These persons are required to follow all instructions in this Order and the Public Health guidance documents referenced in this Order.
  • FAQs: Quarantine Order for COVID-19

Order of the Health Officer (No. C19-05): Shelter in Place Extended

  • Date of Order: March 31, 2020
  • Superseded by Order No. C19-09
  • Extending the Shelter in Place Order No. C19-03 beyond April 7, 2020 through May 3, 2020
  • This Order supersedes the March 17, 2020 Shelter in Place Order of the Health Officer (C19-03) directing all individuals to shelter in place (“Prior Shelter Order”). This Order clarifies, strengthens, and extends certain terms of the Prior Shelter Order to increase social distancing and further reduce person-to-person contact in order to further slow transmission of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”).
  • FAQs: Shelter in Place
  • Detailed Summary of Changes (pdf)

Order of the Health Officer (No. 19-04): Closing Parks

  • Date of Order: March 23, 2020
  • Superseded by Order No. C19-10
  • This Order is issued based on evidence of increasing occurrence of COVID-19 within the County and throughout the Bay Area, scientific evidence and best practices regarding the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable diseases generally and COVID-19 specifically, and evidence that the age, condition, and health of a significant portion of the population of the County places it at risk for serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19.
  • This Order comes after evidence that the high volume of usage by the public of parks, beaches, and open space makes it impossible for persons to maintain the required social distancing, especially in those areas where recreational biking is allowed.
  • FAQs: https://socoemergency.org/order-of-the-health-officer-closing-parks/#faq

Order of the Health Officer (C19-03): Shelter in Place through April 7, 2020

  • Date of Order: March 17, 2020
  • Superseded by Order No. C19-05
  • The intent of this Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible.