Shelter-in-Place

A shelter in place order will be effective at midnight 3/18 through 4/7. See socoemergency.org, call 2-1-1, or text 898-211 for more info.

 

The Sonoma County Health Officer has issued a Health Order directing residents to shelter in place effective at midnight (12:00am) on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, This Health Order will be in place for three weeks until April 7,2020. The Health Order limits activity, travel, and business functions to only the most basic and essential needs.

The recent Order comes after the county received two additional cases of local transmission from corona virus (COVID-19) yesterday, and two cases over the past weekend.

All individuals currently living within the county are ordered to shelter at their homes. To the extent individuals are using outdoor spaces, they must at all time as reasonably as possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.

The guidance comes after substatial input from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and from international health experts.

Essential businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and homless services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; fresh and non-perishable food retailers (including convenient stores) pharmacies, childcare facilities, gas stations, banks, laundry businesses and services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residence.

Health care operations are also essential businesses and include hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, licensed cannabis businesses, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare service providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary health care services.

Health care operations also include veterinary care and all health care services provided to animals. This does not include fitness and exercise gyms and similar facilities. Licensed cannabis retail facilities/dispensaries shall operate only for the purpose of providing medical cannabis, and only via curbside pick up or delivery.

Essential businesses also include: agriculture, food, and beverage cultivation, processing, and distribution, including but not limited to farming, ranching, fishing, dairies, creameries, wineries, and breweries in order to preserve inventory and production (not for retail business).

In addition health care, law and safety, and essential government functions will continue under the recommended action.

Campgrounds, hotels and motels are considered shelters and therefor an essential service and will remain open.

The goal is to limit groups congregating together in a way that could further spread coronavirus.

The Health Officer will continue to asses The quickly evolving situation and may modify or extend this Order, or issue additional Orders, related to COVID-19.