Health Orders

Order by the Governor 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 actitivies 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 (mininal). For each progressive Tier, this framework will permit a broader range of reopening guided by risk-based criteria pertinent to each sector. To progess 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 Purple Tier. The purple tier closes all bars, breweries, and distilleries not serving food; permits outdoor activities with modifications for personal care services, museums, zoos, aquariums, places of worship, movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, restaurants, wineries, family entertainment centers (kart racing, mini-golf, etc.), card rooms, and professional sports; and allows indoor activities with modifications for hair salons and barbershops, all retail (including shopping centers), and hotels and lodging. Offices should provide the ability for employees to work remote.
  • For more information on closures, county variances, and Tiers.
  • What’s Open in Sonoma County

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. C19-15): 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. C19-12-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. 19-13): 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.

Previous and/or Expired Health Orders

Statewide Order and County Closures

  • Date effective: July 13, 2020 (Supersedes portions of the Sonoma County’s Order of the Health Officer No. C19-15)
  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has ordered new restrictions in all counties on bars, restaurants, and other indoor business operations statewide to slow the recent rapid spread of COVID-19 across California. These closures include all indoor activities for dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers (bowling alleys, miniature golf, arcades, etc.), zoos and museums, card rooms, and bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs.
  • The State has also implemented additional restrictions for certain business activities in counties that have remained on the state’s County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days -- this list includes Sonoma County. These closures include gyms and fitness centers, places of worship or cultural ceremonies, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services (nail salons, body waxing, tattoo parlors, etc.), and indoor shopping malls. These restrictions will remain in place in Sonoma County until the state takes further action. 
  • What’s Open in Sonoma County

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. C19-14): Stay Well Sonoma County

  • Date of Order: June 5, 2020 (Supersedes Order No. C19-09 and Amendments 1-3 and Order No. C19-07)
  • Effective 12:01 a.m. on June 6, 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 ensure that people continue to shelter in their places of residence to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible and mitigate the impact on delivery of critical healthcare services. Also, this Order sets forth mandatory Face Coverings and Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements for all individuals in the County; and adds a mechanism to ensure that all businesses operating in the County prepare, post, and implement a Social Distancing Protocol and comply with local and state sector specific guidance.
  • Amendment No. 1 (dated and effective June 12, 2020) to the Order allows tasting rooms for wineries and breweries to operate without being required to serve food at the same time. Bars and pubs are not included.
  • This order expands the type of outdoor recreation or sports activities to include groups not to exceed 10 persons with no direct physical contact, and outdoor swimming pools with a limited number of participants however indoor locker rooms and changing areas shall remain closed to the public. This order expands the list of businesses able to operate in the County consistent with the State’s Variance process includes dine-in restaurants and food facilities, hair salons and barber shops, indoor and outdoor shopping centers and retail. The Social Distancing Protocol must be posted at or near the entrance of the relevant facility, and shall be easily
    viewable by the public and employees.
  • FAQs: Stay Well Sonoma County

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 worn 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. C19-09): Shelter-in-Place Extended Beyond May 3, 2020

  • Date of Order: May 1, 2020 (Supersedes Order No. C19-05)
  • 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. C19-07): 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

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.