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For a comprehensive list of Orders and Guidance Documents please click here.

Amendment No. 3 to Order of the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma No. C19-09

No. C19-09 Extending the Shelter-in-Place Order No. C19-05 Beyond May 3, 2020.  Guidance Relating to Vehicle-Based School Graduation, Drive-in Movies, and Faith-Based Drive-Thru Ceremonies

For the complete Press Release please click here. 

Amended Parks Closure Order to prevent the spread of covid-19, allowing limited Socially Distanced Access to some Parks for Outdoor Recreational Activities

Sonoma County’s health officer today further eased restrictions on outdoor recreation during the Covid-19 pandemic by issuing an order that allows park agencies to reopen some parking lots and sports facilities.
The health order means residents can drive to inland parks beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The order keeps Sonoma Coast parking areas closed to prevent crowding at beaches but allows coastal residents to walk or bike to nearby parks during limited hours.

For the complete order click here.



Amendment to Health Order No. C19-09 Shelter in Place

Until today, the Governor’s Executive Orders imposed a shelter in place requirement based on the State’s determination of essential and non-essential services. While this approach was effective in reducing virus transmission, Sonoma County requested consideration of an approach based on a risk assessment model.

For the complete order please click here.

Expanded Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing Now Available

County officials have announced that drive-through the testing site operated by the Department of Health Services (DHS) Disease Control Unit will now be expanded to include five groups of high risk and vulnerable individuals.

For the complete order please click here.


Health Officer Extends the Shelter in Place Order

On May 1st, the Health Officer extended the Shelter in Place in order. This Order shall become effective at 12:01 a.m. on May 4, 2020 and will continue until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer or the State Health Officer. This Order, among other changes, reduces Shelter In Place restrictions in a number of important employment areas including construction, landscaping services, and nurseries.

The Public Health order is in effect until further notice. For the complete order please click here.

Health Officer Amends Parks Closure


On April 28th, the Health Officer amended parks closure order to prevent the spread of covid-19, allowing limited, non-vehicular access to some parks, for neighborhood walking, jogging, hiking and bicycling. 

For the complete order please click here.

State Public Health Officer: Shelter in Place Order


On March 19, the State Public Health Officer issued a legal order directing residents to shelter at home until further notice. The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs.

Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease. The shelter-at-home order follows new data of increasing local transmission of COVID-19. This does not account for the rapidly increasing number of assumed cases of community transmission.

The Public Health Order is in effect until further notice.

 Health Officer Guidance on Face Coverings for General Public in All Age Groups

The CDC has released guidance that COVID-19 can be spread during an asymptomatic period for 48 hours before the infected person feels sick. Because of this, the Sonoma County Health Officer recommends that everyone who leaves their home for an essential activity wears a face covering to the extent possible, such as a fabric covering, scarf, bandana, or similar garment, while outside of their home. Additionally, everyone should continue to remain home except for essential activities and use social and physical distancing of 6 feet when outside of their homes.

Additional information and resources:
State Department of Public Health
US Surgeon General
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Don't Flush Your Disinfection Wipes!
The City owns and operates the sewer collection system. WipesCustomers are urged to NOT flush disinfection wipes, paper towels down the toilet - throw them away instead.

The City's pipelines and pump stations get plugged by these and customers may face in-home plumbing backups and blockages.

City Recreation Programs, Facilities, Parks, and Playgrounds

City recreation programs, rentals of city facilities and park rentals are closed until further notice.

City Parks have limited access.  Please see the amended parks closure order to prevent the spread of covid-19, allowing limited, non-vehicular access to some parks, for neighborhood walking, jogging, hiking and bicycling here.

In the meantime, check out our Virtual Recreation Department.