Napa Sonoma SBDCSanta Rosa and Napa, California

Guidelines for Businesses in Sonoma County

Are you ready to reopen in Sonoma County? The pandemic has affected industries differently, creating a variance in how to reopen businesses. The State of California's Resilience Roadmap shows what stage we are in for allowing businesses to operate.

Sonoma County Reopening Steps

In order to reopen, you need to ensure that:

1. Your business industry/activity is approved to reopen. Check guidelines for what is required to be closed at this time.

2. Your business has a Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan in place.

3. Your business meets any other specific requirements for the industry it operates, below.

IMPORTANT! As of 8/6, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved fines to encourage public compliance with COVID-19 health orders. Businesses could face up to $10,000 in fines for non-compliance. Download Info Flyer (pdf)

  • 1st Violation = $1,000
  • 2nd Violation = $5,000
  • 3rd (and following) Violation = $10,000


Additional Food & Restaurant Guidance for Safe Operations

Also see California State Guidelines for Reopening



This is the most up to date information that we know, but information is constantly changing. Please refer to your city or county for help or questions with your reopening plan.

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