Sonoma County to Enter Red Tier March 14

Posted on March 12, 2021

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A message from the County of Sonoma:


Sonoma County, for the first time, will be moving out of the most restrictive Purple tier within California’s four-tier, color-coded Blueprint for a Safer Economy beginning on Sunday, March 14. This change is a result of the State’s decision to adjust the minimum case rate requirement for transition to Red from 7 to 10 per 100,000 once California finished administering 2 million vaccine doses in the state’s 400 zip codes that have been most disproportionately impacted by the virus.


With the adjustment of the requirements for the Red tier, the state credited Sonoma County with two weeks of maintaining less than 10 cases per 100,000. Based on this decision, Sonoma County is being allowed to enter the Red tier at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March 14.


Moving from the Purple tier into the Red tier for the county means:

  • Restaurants are allowed to open indoors with 25 percent capacity or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Retail establishments are allowed to open indoors at 50 percent capacity.
  • Movie theaters are allowed to open indoors with 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Gyms are allowed to open indoors with 10 percent capacity.
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums can open indoor activities at 25 percent capacity.
  • Breweries, wineries and distilleries that do not serve meals may open outdoors only with modifications. The modifications include ensuring that patrons have reservations and patrons observe a 90-minute time limit. Service for on-site consumption must end by 8 p.m.
  • Bars that do not serve meals remain closed in the Purple (widespread) and Red (substantial) tiers.


Additionally, once the County is in the Red tier, schools in all grades (TK-12) may reopen after they have posted their COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) to their website homepage at least five days prior to starting in-person instruction. Schools must adhere to the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework.


For more information the County of Sonoma’s COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout, go to


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