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Face Coverings Required Inside for Everyone

The County of Sonoma along with 6 other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley have joined together in mandating new face covering requirements. The Public Health Order directs that face coverings shall be worn, regardless of vaccination status, over the mouth and nose, in all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and workplaces, such as, but not limited to: offices, retail stores, restaurants, bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference centers, schools, daycares, and State and local government offices serving the public. This Order becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. on August 3, 2021. Businesses are required to implement the indoor face covering order. Exemptions are are listed in section 6 of the Public Health Order.

Health officials also recommend that all employers make face coverings available to individuals entering their businesses.

Signage Required
Businesses and other indoor operators are also required to post clearly visible and easy-to-read signage at all entry points to communicate the masking requirements to all patrons. Bilingual signage is available for distribution through the EDB. Email to request signage or click here to download poster (11x17 in).

COVID-19 Mask Ordinance
The Administrative Citation and Civil Penalty Urgency Ordinance from August of 2020 is still in effect. Read more.

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Workplace Requirements Beyond June 15th

The State has lifted most business capacity and distancing restrictions (with limited exceptions for Mega Events). Furthermore, the State has revised the face covering requirements to align closer with current CDC guidance. The State will continue to issue best practice guidance, including revisions to existing industry sector guidance

With the loosening of restrictions, employers are still required to follow the current Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Cal/OSHA revised the ETS to better align with the State. Governor Newsom signed an executive order to make revision effective June 17, 2021. 

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    Guidance for Businesses, Venue Operators or Hosts

    In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:

    • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
    • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
    • Require all patrons to wear masks.

    No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

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    Lauren Cartwright

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    Economic Development Board

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    Christine Palmer

    Business Development Program Manager

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    141 Stony Circle, Suite 130
    Santa Rosa, CA 95401