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.
- We suggest starting with the State of California's Safe Economy website for guidelines based on your county and business type.
- If you are an employer, also see the COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening by the California Department of Public Health.
- If you have any questions about reopening, check with your city or county, as guidelines are continually changing.
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 BUSINESS REOPENING REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
- SoCo Launch - Business management plans for businesses reopening in Sonoma County
- Business Mitigation Checklist - A checklist to help you meet or exceed necessary requirements to reopen.
- Business Self-Certification Assessment - An online portal for businesses to self-certify that your business is committed to meeting or exceeding requirements of the Business Mitigation Practices put into place by the County of Sonoma to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Best Management Practices Plan for Sonoma County Businesses by Sonoma County EDB:
- Soco Lazamiento - Soco Launch en español
- Sonoma Valley businesses can also be eligible for the Mini-Grant program, providing a package of supplies so businesses can safely reopen (worth $230), thanks to the Sonoma Valley Chamber.
Additional Food & Restaurant Guidance for Safe Operations
- Guidance for Restaurants providing outdoor dining, takeout, drive-through, and delivery - by the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA
- Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants - by the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA
- Checklist for Dine-in Restaurants - by the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA
- Safety First: Guidelines for Serving Food and Protecting People During Covid-19 - by the Aspen Institute Food and Society Program, World Central Kitchen, Off Their Plate, and the James Beard Foundation
- What Grocery and Food Retail Workers Need to Know about COVID-19 - by the CDC
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.