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. Review and distribute the plan with employees. 
4. 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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Show customers that you are doing everything to ensure their safety and the safety of your employees by getting your Sonoma Safe certification. Sonoma Safe certifies that you have a Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan and have implemented it in your business. Once certified, post your Sonoma Safe certificate in a location customers and employees can see it. Certification is free and online. Self certify your business with Sonoma Safe today!

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    Best Management Plans

    SoCo-Launch-Logo-red-substantial-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

        Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances

        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