COVID-19 Best Management Plans

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Appendix A. The Sonoma County Health Officer requires all businesses to create a Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep businesses open. Here is how you can get started: 
1. Review required  state guidance for your industry. 
2. Create a plan following  Appendix A of  Health Order C-19-15
3. Self Certify your business with  Sonoma Safe
4. Review and distribute the plan with employees. 
5. Post your Appendix A plan and your self-certification certificate in your business where it is accessible to the public and employees.

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Best Management Plans

SoCo-Launch-Logo-Purple-widespread-300Our team has partnered with local business sectors, economic development partners and the Department Of Public Health to develop mitigation strategies to help reopen local businesses as quickly and safely as possible.

The plans in place are in alignment with those of several local efforts to catalyze this work. With the collaboration of local industry stakeholders, we were able to develop comprehensive, yet concise virus mitigation strategies for use in each of our respective local industry operational settings.

Also included on this page are required California State Guidance. All provisions of the State Stay at Home Order and related guidance, whether framed as discretionary, recommended or mandatory are hereby incorporated as enforceable elements of Order C19-15: Stay Well Sonoma County.

For businesses located in an incorporated city, check with city for compliance guidelines and permits needed for reopening and expanding services.

    Agriculture and Livestock

    Inclusive of Wine, Cannabis, Fruits, Vegetables, Timber, and Poultry

    Auto Dealerships

    Inclusive of auto dealerships and rentals. 

    Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation

    Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering Facilities, and Racetracks

    Childcare Programs and Providers

    Communications Infrastructure


      Inclusive of both Residential and Commercial properties and Limited Services such as HVAC, Electricians, Plumbers etc.

      Creative Sector

      Inclusive of performance arts centers, galleries, and museums. 

      Day Camps

      Delivery Services

      Energy and Utilities

      Family friendly Practices for Employers

      Food Packing and Processing

      Inclusive of facilities that process or pack meat, dairy, or produce.

      Gyms and Fitness Facilities

      Hotels and Lodging

      Inclusive of Bed and Breakfasts, Inns, Hotels, Motels, Vacation and Short Term Rentals

      Life Sciences

      Limited Services

      Inclusive of laundromats, dry cleaners, other laundry services, auto repair shops, car washes, landscapers, pet grooming, and dog walking.

      Logistics and Warehousing Facilities


      Inclusive of Mechanical, Technological and Food/Beverage Production

      Mining and Logging

      Movie Theaters and Family Entertainment

      Inclusive of bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, arcades, and movie theaters.

      Museums, Galleries, Zoos, and Aquariums

      Inclusive of galleries, botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, and other similar places.

      Music, Film, and TV Production

      Office Workspaces

      Outdoor Museums and Galleries

      Personal Services 

      Places of Worship


      Professional Sports (without live audiences)

      • To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, athletes, coaching staff, medical staff, broadcasting staff and others at sporting facilities or events should abide by COVID-19 protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers.
      • State Required Office Workspace Guidance for back office staff.

      Public Transit and Intercity Passenger Rail

      Real Estate Transactions

      Inclusive of both Residential and Commercial Real Estate


      Inclusive of bookstores, jewelry store, toy stores, clothing and shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, florists, and other like retail.

      Retail Shopping Centers

      Inclusive of shopping centers, shopping malls, and strip malls

        Restaurants, Wineries, and Bars

        Inclusive of restaurants, brewpubs, craft distilleries, breweries, bars, pubs, and wineries.


        Inclusive of schools and school based programs. 

        Support for Working Families

        Guidance provides information to help you locate child care, find assistance to pay for child care, and connect you to additional supports for your family.

        Tribal Casinos

        Youth Sports

        Contact Information

        Lauren Cartwright

        Business Retention and Expansion Program Manager

        Economic Development Board

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        Marcos J. Suarez

        Asistencia a Negocios en Español

        Economic Development Board
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        Christine Palmer

        Business Development Program Manager

        Economic Development Board

        Contact me by Phone

        141 Stony Circle, Suite 130
        Santa Rosa, CA 95401