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Stay at home order

December 18, 2020

The State's Stay at Home Order goes into effect in Sonoma County on Saturday, December 12th, 2020 and will remain in effect until Saturday, January 9, 2021, unless it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer or State Public Health Officer.


What does this mean for local businesses?

Businesses that will be allowed to operate under the Stay at Home Order:

• Critical infrastructure

• Retail at maximum of 20% capacity

• Restaurant (takeout and delivery only)

• Schools with waivers in place


Businesses that will be forced to close based on the Stay at Home Order:

• Hair salons and barbershops

• Personal care services

• Museums, zoos, and aquariums

• Movie theaters (except drive-in)

• Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries (with exception for production, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sale for off-site consumption)

• In person dining

• Family entertainment centers

• Cardrooms and satellite wagering

• Limited services

• Live audience sports

• Amusement parks


More information and FAQ's can be found on the State's website:


COVID-19 Business Relief Options

• Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) 

• Reimbursement for paid leave costs related to Covid-19. Eligible businesses must have fewer than 500 employees.

• Small Business Relief Grant 

• $500 million in grants will soon be available for small businesses in California. Sign up at the following link to receive updates when the program officially launches.

• Main Street Small Business Tax Credit 

• Allows a small business hiring credit against California state income taxes or sales and use taxes. Eligible businesses must have 100 or fewer employees as of Dec. 31, 2019, and suffered a 50% decrease or more in income tax gross receipts, when comparing Q2 2020 to Q2 2019.

• Tax Relief & Extensions 

• Taxpayers returns due between Dec. 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021 (for all but the largest taxpayers) will be extended.

• CURA Project, Covid-19 Urgent Response & Aid 

• Community project delivering supportive services, healthcare navigation and emergency financial assistance to Latinx and Indigenous residents of Sonoma County most affected by Covid-19.


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