Sonoma County’s health officer issued a new stay-home order on Thursday to counter the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the county (the rate of new infections has nearly doubled in the past two weeks, causing concern among hospital workers about the potential for a surge in cases to overwhelm their resources). The new order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and is set to expire Jan. 9
The county’s new stay-home order will end indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants and service at breweries and wineries, halt nonessential hotel and vacation home stays and bar services like haircuts. Under the new order, retail operations are allowed to remain open at 20% of customer capacity, or 35% capacity for stand-alone grocery stores. (Learn more about the new stay-home order here).
Following the announcement of the new stay-home order, local businesses took to social media to let customers know how they will be affected by the shutdown, and how customers can continue to patronize these businesses through, for example, online shopping, takeout and curbside pickup, as well as by buying gift cards. Click through the above gallery to see some of the social media posts.