Regional Stay at Home Order Now in Effect for Sonoma County

Posted on December 10, 2020

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Good Evening, Petaluma –
We come to you this evening with a message from the County of Sonoma:
Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations, Sonoma County will join six other Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley in preemptively adopting the California Department of Public Health’s Stay-Home Order beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. The local order adopts the restrictions contained within the State’s recently announced Regional Stay-at-Home order.
Under the order, residents will be directed to stay at home except for work, shopping or other essential activities, such as medical appointments, allowed by the State’s Regional Shelter in Place Order. All sectors other than retail and essential operations must be closed. Outdoor recreation will be allowed. The new restrictions will remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.
CLICK HERE to view the health order on the Sonoma County website.
CLICK HERE to learn more about what activities are restricted.
CLICK HERE for answers to frequently asked questions about the Order from the State of California.
For the latest updates, please visit and
We understand this is not welcome news during the holiday season, but the most important thing is that we all remain safe and healthy. Stay strong, Petaluma. We’re all in this together and we will make it through!



The Order prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. It instructs Californians to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread.

The Order allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve Californians’ physical and mental health.

Playgrounds may remain open to facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise. Playgrounds located on schools that remain open for in-person instruction, and not accessible by the general public, may remain open and must follow guidance for schools and school-based programs.

CLICK HERE for a list of specific information about which businesses are closed or open in Sonoma County under the new Order.

The following sectors must temporarily close:

  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

The following sectors may remain open with additional modifications, 100% masking, and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail & Shopping Centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Critical infrastructure (when remote operation is not possible)
  • Schools that are already open for in-person learning
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care
  • Childcare and pre-K



A message from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board:

The State announced information regarding a variety of financial programs available to small businesses. While funds have been allocated, details are still being ironed out and once available, we will translate the information and share with our partners and on our digital media channels.



  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) – Reimbursement for paid leave costs related to Covid-19.
  • Eligible businesses must have fewer than 500 employees.
  • Small Business Relief Grant – $500 million in grants will soon be available for small businesses in California.
  • Sign up here to receive updates when the program officially launches
  • Main Street Small Business Tax Credit – Allows a small business hiring credit against California state income taxes or sales and use taxes.
  • Eligible businesses must have 100 or fewer employees as of Dec. 31, 2019, and
  • Suffered a 50% decrease or more in income tax gross receipts, when comparing Q2 2020 to Q2 2019
  • Tax Relief & Extensions
  • Taxpayers returns due between Dec. 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021 (for all but the largest taxpayers) will be extended.
  • CURA Project – Covid-19 Urgent Response & Aid
  • Community project delivering supportive services, healthcare navigation and emergency financial assistance to Latinx and Indigenous residents of Sonoma County most affected by Covid-19.

For more information, please visit:



The County of Sonoma has announced the opening of a new COVID-19 testing site in Petaluma. OptumServe will begin testing at Herzog Hall (located at the fairgrounds). Regular site hours will be 7:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday-Friday. The site will have two testing stations with a capacity of 330 tests per day. Security and Interpreter will be on site.

PLEASE NOTE: The new OptumServe site is one of two testing sites at the fairgrounds. The other site is fee-based while OptumServe is free to the community.

To reach OptumServe, call 1-888-634-1123 or schedule an appointment online HERE.


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