Sonoma County Health Orders

Mandatory Shelter-in-Place Order

Sonoma County ’s mandatory shelter-in-place Order started at 12 AM on Wednesday, March 18, and has been extended through Sunday, May 3, 2020. The Sonoma County Health Officer may further extend or otherwise change the length of time as necessary.

The intent of this Order is to ensure that people remain in their homes and minimize social interactions outside of their immediate family. The Order states that you may leave your home for a handful of reasons, which include:

  •  ensuring the health and safety of you and your family
  • engaging in outdoor activity that does not involve close contact with other people
  • getting necessary services and supplies for you and your family
  • performing employment functions permissible under the Order, such as work that operates and maintains "essential infrastructure" such as water, sewer, gas, electrical, solid waste oil refining, roads and highways, public transportation, communications, and public works construction.

Go here for the full text of the Order. Go here for the press release on the extension of the Order.

City of Healdsburg Health Officer: Healdsburg Fire Chief Jason Boaz. Phone (707) 431-3363. Email: jboaz @

New Order Requires People to Wear Face Masks in Public

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The County of Sonoma Public Health Officer has issued a new Health Order, effective 12 AM on Friday, April 17, 2020, that requires everyone to wear face masks outside the home to further slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Note: Wearing a face mask does NOT take the place of social distancing. You still need to keep six feet away or more from others in public. Wearing a face mask does help to protect other people from you in case you have contracted the coronavirus but you don’t show any symptoms. 

These face masks should NOT be N95 or other medical-grade masks; those should be reserved for healthcare workers. Instead, you can easily make your own face mask from t-shirts, scarves, bandannas, or even tea towels. 

This new Health Order also applies to employers who continue to operate “essential businesses.” Employers who require their employees to leave their homes to work must ensure that their employees also wear face masks. 

There are a couple of exceptions to this Health Order. 
- You don’t have to wear a face mask if you’re driving alone in your car, or if you’re driving with  members of your household. However, if you need to buzz down your car window to speak with first responders, food service workers, or other people you don’t live with, then you need to put your face mask on. 
- Don’t place these face coverings on children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or who otherwise can’t remove the mask without help.

More Info on Face Masks

Face masks must: 
- Be worn only by one person. 
- Cover the mouth and nose and fit snugly around the face. 
Fitted carefully to prevent frequent adjustment.
- Washed frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. If you must re-wear the face mask before you can wash it, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.
- Discarded if it gets stretched out or damaged and cannot stay on the face or has holes/tears in the fabric.

And remember to thoroughly wash your hands any time before or after touching and adjusting the face mask.

Make your own face mask: This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has instructions to make a face mask (with no-sew and sew options).