Health Orders

Orders of the State of California

California Department of Public Health Guidance for the Use of Face Masks

Updates as of September 20, 2022

  • Shifts from a strong recommendation for the general population,  in all indoor settings at all times to use of CDC Community Levels to help inform masking recommendations, which is consistent with August 11th CDC updated recommendations
  • Aligns correctional facilities with current CDC recommendations (CDC updated guidance on May 3rd) which notes that correctional facilities may make masks optional when CDC community levels are low. 
  • Aligns recommendations for homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers to the above recommendation for correctional facilities, i.e., also shifts from requirements to  masking recommendations in these settings when CDC community levels are low
  • Updated guidance is effective September 23, 2022.
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Reopening California

California is moving Beyond the Blueprint to safely and fully reopen the economy.

As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. He also phased out the vast majority of executive actions put in place since March 2020 as part of the pandemic response, leaving a subset of provisions that facilitate the ongoing recovery.

The new public health order effective June 15, 2021 supersedes all prior health orders. The order has limited restrictions, only related to masking and mega-events, as well as settings serving children and youth pending an expected update to the K-12 schools guidance by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Restrictions that ended on June 15, 2021 include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Capacity limits on businesses
  • County tier system

Read the Governor’s orders: N-07-21 and N-08-21. Find details in the California Department of Public Health’s Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors and the Questions & Answers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Guidelines

Please use the below links to navigate to CDC and CDPH guidance on various COVID-19 topics.

Orders of the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma

The County’s Health Orders and Guidance are updated as needed based on changing State requirements and current local needs as determined by the County Health Officer. See links below for Sonoma County health orders in effect, as well as health orders no longer in effect.


Order of the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma C19-40

  • Date of Order: August 3, 2022 (Order takes effect immediately)
  • Under the Authority of the California Health and Safety Code Sections 101040, 101085, and 120175, the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma Orders:
    • Effective immediately, Order of the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma No. C19-29 is rescinded.
    • Offering rapid antigen testing to all inmates upon entry into a detention facility was helpful in identifying cases and limiting transmission, and I recommend that this policy continue as a best practice.


Order of the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma C19-39

  • Date of Order: August 2, 2022 (Order takes effect immediately)
  • Under the Authority of the California Health and Safety Code Sections 101040, 101085, and 120175, the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma Orders:
    • Effective immediately, Orders of the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma No. C19-26, C19-28, & C19-32 are rescinded.
    • All Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Pharmacies, Dental Offices, and Operators of Temporary Disaster Shelters in Sonoma County must continue to comply with any applicable Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/ETS.html) and/or the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standards (https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/ATD-Guide.pdf). Furthermore, I strongly recommend that they follow any applicable CDPH or CDC guidance.


Recommendation of the Health Officer: Public Meetings

  • Date of Recommendation: September 24, 2021
  • Recommends mitigation measures for public meetings of legislative bodies.


COVID-19 Enforcement Order

  • Date of Order: August 6, 2020
  • Allows for civil penalties that give enforcement agents additional tools to address those violations of health orders that create serious risk of spreading the virus.


Order of the Health Officer: County of Sonoma has declared a Local Public Health Emergency

  • Date of Order: March 2, 2020
  • The County of Sonoma has declared a Local Public Health Emergency as well as a Local Emergency to respond to COVID-19. These proclamations will allow the County to prepare to respond for the possibility of community spread of COVID-19. This includes a partial activation of the County Emergency Operations Center to support necessary activities.