To ensure the safest possible environment for our employees and the public, the City of Petaluma is working toward implementing a City-wide policy requiring weekly testing for any City staff member who has not provided proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the Sonoma County Health Officer strongly recommends that all Sonoma County employers require workers to provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or provide weekly test results. The Sonoma County Health Officer already mandated on August 4, 2021 that all Sonoma County employers of fire, law enforcement, EMS and disaster shelter staff require staff in those departments to show proof of vaccination by September 1st of this year or provide weekly test results.
The City will be complying with the Sonoma County Health Officer’s August 4th order concerning safety and disaster shelter personnel and is developing a plan to implement the new City-wide policy in mid-October of this year. We will also be looking at expanding in-person service hours at City facilities, as well.
It has been an unprecedented year navigating a public health emergency along with drought, fire, and power emergencies. We are continually proud of the work our staff and our community does to make Petaluma the special place that it is.
“If this public health emergency has taught us one thing, it is that we are all in this together,” said Brian Cochran, Assistant City Manager, “And as such, we will do everything we can to support the safety of our employees and their families, and the entire Petaluma community.”