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State lifts Regional Stay at Home Orders

January 29, 2021

The State of California has lifted the Regional Stay at Home Order and has returned to the color tier system. County of Sonoma is in alignment with State Public Health Orders, but may restrict County Public Health Orders if needed. The following has changed.


• Hair salons and barbershops open indoors with modifications

• Personal care services open indoors with modification

• Museums, zoos, and aquariums open outdoors only with modifications

• Restaurants open outdoor only with modifications

• Wineries open outdoor only with modifications

• Bars, breweries, and distilleries where a meal is provided open outdoor only with modifications

• Limited services open

• Family entertainment centers open outdoor only

• Retail stores (clothing, books, jewelry, etc.) may open at a maximum 25% capacity with modifications

• Indoor shopping malls may open at a maximum 25% capacity. Food courts and common areas remain closed

• Grocery stores may open at a maximum 50% capacity with modifications


Additional Resources:

• Visit our What’s Open in Sonoma County page on for a more detailed list of business activities.

• Guidelines for Temporary Tents, Canopies and Membrane Structures for Outdoor Business Operations (PDF): These guidelines align with State Public Health Orders and provide more clarity on requirements for safe outdoor dining and other outdoor business operations. 


Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan


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 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.


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), CA Grant


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Status: Open! All lenders are eligible to submit applications for a 1st or 2nd Draw PPP loan.

Deadline: March 31, 2021 if funding is still available

Small businesses and eligible nonprofits may apply for their first PPP loan or, if they meet the criteria, a second PPP loan, if they have used all the funds from their first PPP loan. This loan is forgivable if borrowers used the funds in the authorized manner and spend at least 60% of the loan proceeds on payroll costs and no more than 40% on authorized non-payroll costs.

For more information: Paycheck Protection Program


California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Status: Application Opens February 2nd

Deadline: February 8

Grants of up to $25,000 will be distributed to underserved micro and small businesses throughout the State of California. Please note, this is NOT a first come first serve grant. Applicants who submitted their application and submitted all documentation in the first round do not need to reapply; qualified applications will be automatically rolled over into the next funding round for consideration.

For more information: California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program


Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL)

Status: Open! 

Deadline: December 31, 2021

The EIDL program offers a working capital loan for small businesses and nonprofits adversely affected by COVID-19. Loans direct from SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance are available with a 3.75% interest rate (2.75% for nonprofits) and 30-year term and payments are deferred for 12 months.

For more information: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans



Targeted EIDL Advanced Grant

Status: Coming Soon

Newly created as part of the recent legislation, the Economic Aid Act, to provide businesses located in low-income communities with additional funds of up to $10,000 to ensure small business continuity, adaptation, and resiliency.

For more information: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

Status: Coming Soon

Visit the SVOG website for additional information on the types of entities eligible, how to calculate how much you may be eligible for under this grant program and the proposed plan for phased implementation. You can also watch the webinar which provides an overview: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Overview - YouTube

For more information: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant