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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order in Effect

News Flash: Statewide Shelter in Place

On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newson issued a stay at home order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians and to establish consistency across the state in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. This order follows the Sonoma County Public Health Officer issuing a public health order directing all individuals living in the County to shelter at their place of residence, with the exception that they may leave for essential services, essential activities, and essential work. People at high risk of severe illness from the coronavirus are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible, except as necessary to seek medical care.

Details of the statewide order are as follows:

How long will we stay home?

The statewide order went into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
The order is in place until further notice.

What’s closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers

Where does this apply?

This is in effect throughout the State of California.

What are essential services? What’s open?

Essential services will remain open such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

For the full list of essential activities, view the Sonoma County public health order.

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

VIEW the page on the California State order.

For updates, resources, and information for the City, go to

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