COVID-19 Updates

In an effort to assist you during this challenging time, we have compiled helpful resources and updates to share with you in response to COVID-19. Please find below official SVVGA updates and emails, as well as resources broken down by category. This page is updated on a daily basis.

Legislative and Federal Responses to COVID-19

Sonoma County Official Health and Shelter in Place (SIP) Orders

June 18: A new health order, slated to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 19, relaxes more restrictions and allows more businesses and activities to resume.
Read the Order here.

June 16: Leisure Tourism and Travel Permitted to Begin Friday, June 19

Read the Guidance here.

June 10: County of Sonoma to Allow Tasting Rooms for Wineries and Breweries to Operate without Serving Food Beginning June 12, 2020
Read the Official Press Release here.

June 5: Order extending Shelter in Place, allowing more businesses to operate in the County, and requiring mitigation measures such as Social Distancing, Face Coverings, and Hygiene Requirements.

Read the Official Order here.

May 22: Amended Shelter in Place Order to Allow Additional Businesses to Re-Open (Amendment No. 3)

Read the Official Press Release announcing the Order here.
Read the Official Order here.

May 15: County of Sonoma Health Officer Amends Shelter-in-Place Order to Allow Further Business Reopening

Read the Official Order here.

May 1: County of Sonoma Extends Shelter in Place Beyond May 3
Read the Official Order here.
Read the Press Release here.

April 13: New Health Order Requiring Face Coverings, from Sonoma County Health Officer
Read the Official Order here

March 31: Extending The Shelter In Place Order No. C19-03 Beyond April 7, 2020 To May 3, 2020
Read the Official Order here.

Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin Update on Impact Study for County of Sonoma
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California and Governor’s Official Orders and Updates

CA Governor Official Orders
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Guidelines for Retail Food, Beverage and Other Service Related Venues (tasting rooms)

CA Governor Issues Statewide Moratorium on Evictions
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Tax Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
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Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Click here to read the Bill.
Click here to read the summary of the Bill.
Section-by-Section Analysis of Small Business Provisions
Outline of Small Business Provisions in CARES Act
FAQs on Rebates

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Click here to read the Bill.
Click here to read an overview, provided by The Saqui Law Group.

Notice of Restricted Travel between U.S. and Mexico Boarder
Click here to read the Department of Homeland Security’s response, provided by The Saqui Law Group.

Road to Re-Opening: Official Orders and Documents

Sonoma County Roadmap to Reopening

Guidance for Civil Penalty Ordinance
Click here.

State Releases Guidance for Counties with Variance to Move Stage Three at Their Own Discretion
Read here.

Sonoma County has been collecting and monitoring data in each of these areas and has identified triggers (listed below) to quickly re-institute precautions and restrictions as needed in advance of any state action should local conditions worsen.

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May 7: Amendment to Sonoma County Health Order, Some Businesses Allowed to Re-open
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Official California’s Roadmap to Re-opening, Office of the Governor
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Restrictions on Sonoma County Parks Closures Eased
Sonoma County’s health officer today issued a modified parks closure order to allow residents to walk or bike to parks from their homes beginning April 29, 2020.

The order by Dr. Sundari Mase allows people to walk or cycle into their nearest parks for basic exercise. Driving to a park is not allowed. Parking lots, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas and sports courts will remain closed, as will Sonoma Coast beaches.

Opening Up America Again, Proposed Plan from The White House
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Wine Institute Resources & Guidance 

California Winery Tasting Room Reopening Protocols
Privacy Notice for Employees
Infectious and Communicable Disease Policy
Liability Waiver for Guests

States Begin Re-opening Bars & Restaurants, via Wine Institute
The State Relations Department, working with our lobbyists in the states, is tracking the new rules being implemented as states begin to re-open their bars and restaurants. This listing of state-by-state re-openings will be updated each day as new information becomes available. For additional information, please contact Steve Gross at

Coronavirus and the Workplace: Guidance for Employers Resuming Operations

As states and localities begin to relax shelter-in-place requirements and allow businesses to reopen, the coronavirus pandemic presents new challenges for employers. In addition to operational and logistical questions surrounding reopening, employers must navigate issues relating to workplace safety, medical privacy, hiring and re-hiring, preventing discrimination and harassment, employee time off, reasonable accommodations, and flexible work arrangements. Click here for a summary of considerations for employers as they resume operations and return employees to work.

Road to Re-Opening: Guidance, Resources, Supplies

Sonoma Safe
Sign this pledge to tell our elected officials that you are part of the solution and want Sonoma County reopened safely and successfully. Share your story, and if you can, please share your #SonomaSafe ideas! Click here.


Sonoma Valley Safe Reopening Supplies Kit
The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau and SVVGA have partnered with Vicor Restaurant Supply, a local business, to ensure Sonoma Valley businesses have access to the supplies and equipment they need to implement a SAFE and RESPONSIBLE reopening as soon as we are cleared to do so by the State of California and County of Sonoma.

We have developed the following “Reopen Kit” which will provide your business with quick & convenient access to the basics; masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc.

These items can be purchased as a kit or as individual, ala carte items. The kits are designed for a small business, so a larger organization may want multiple kits for bigger spaces/operations.

Ordering is available to any Sonoma Valley business, however Members of our organizations will receive a 5% discount.

Order here.

ProForma Supplies: Tasting Bar Guards and more
To order, members should contact:
Teri Beauchamp, Cell 707.637.6357,

Click here to view.

Fishman Supply Company

Click here to view.

Equipment for Safe Screening
Bright Event Rentals has created a COVID-19 screening package including essential equipment for safe screening. It has been apparent reopening plans will need to include additional testing, and as companies and emergency preparedness teams need assistance with reopening plans, Bright is here to assist. See below for a diagram of an outdoor testing tent example.
Click here.

Consumer Coronavirus Travel Sentiments Report

May 26: Destination Analysts’ Coronavirus Travel Sentiments Index Report – Key Finding
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May 19: Destination Analysts’ Coronavirus Travel Sentiments Index Report – Key Finding

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Weekly Highlights (Video)

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May 11: Destination Analysts’ Coronavirus Travel Sentiments Index Report – Key Findings
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5 Pro Tips for Post-Pandemic DTC Planning
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Economic and Financial Resources

Economic Development Board (EDB)
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Employment Development Department (EDD)
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Filing for Unemployment FAQs via EDD
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Tax Relief
Click here to read an overview, by Farella Braun + Martel

IRS: Employee Retention Credit Available for Many Businesses
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. Read here.

California Delays Sales Tax Payments for Small Businesses
Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will let businesses keep up to $50,000 in sales taxes over the next year. Restaurants and many other retailers have been hard hit by the Golden State’s shelter-at-home orders. Read here.

SBA Loan Resources and Information

Congress approves sweeping changes to PPP
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PPP Loan Forgiveness Steps
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Additional Funds Allocated to the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP)
An additional $320 billion will be allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) so those of you who did not get included in the first round of funding should apply. If you applied but did not get accepted before the program ran out of money, you should check with your banker to see if you should reapply for this next package.
Click here.

SBA Now Accepting Applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Under CARES Act
Detailed Information on SBA Loans and Forgiveness Programs
Official Press Release
One-Sheet Resources

10 Free Tools Small Businesses Can Access Now
These tools can help you reach new customers, manage your payroll and work together remotely — all for free.

Click here.

Additional Grant Opportunities Available Now

U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Dept. of Treasury have released additional information and guidance useful to agricultural employers seeking to use the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), in particular an Interim Final Rule allowing seasonal agricultural employers to use an alternative payroll period to calculate their payroll needs, guidance on calculating loan amounts when applying for PPP, and new Frequently-Asked-Questions on PPP.

Click here.

Funds are Available to Help Defray Costs of COVID-19 Protection
State Fund recently shared information about their Essential Business Support Fund, a fund created to help policyholders operating as essential businesses during the COVID-19 crisis make their workplaces safer.

If you have not yet had a chance to learn about the fund and apply for support, there is still time. Individual grants can total up to $10,000, or two times premium, whichever is less.

To apply for a grant, click here to complete an application and return it as soon as possible. We are reviewing applications on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hello Alice is offering grants of $10,000 to impacted small businesses.
Learn more here.

Salesforce will soon be offering Salesforce Care Small Business Grants of $10,000 to impacted small businesses. This national application process will be opened in two phases, based on location, and California’s application period begins on April 27 at 8:00 AM.
Learn more here

Verizon and LISC are making grants of up to $10,000 to small business owners impacted by COVID-19, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses, and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.
Learn more here.

Labor and Workforce Resources

Harvest COVID-19 Protocols Resources
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Department of Labor (DOL)
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Help for “Essential” Employees on the Road
In light of recent reports that law enforcement in some areas of the state are stopping farmworkers commuting to work and questioning them on why they are not sheltered at home, we are sharing useful tools to help workers travel to and from work without incident.
Click here


OSHA and CDC Issue Guidance to Help Agriculture Workers during Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued guidance that includes recommended actions to protect agriculture workers from exposure to the coronavirus.
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OSHA Issues New Enforcement Guidance
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) announced it will be reviewing COVID-19 compliance issues during inspections and has issued new enforcement guidance. This will include review of injury and illness logs (OSHA 300 log and 301 log) as well as the underlying medical records in the employer’s possession.
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Updated Cal OSHA Guidance Document: COVID-19 Daily Checklist for Agricultural Employers
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Updated Cal OSHA Guidance Document: COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Agricultural Employers and Employees
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Hospitality Employee Resources

Relief Efforts for Hospitality Employees Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Vineyard and Agricultural Employee Resources

Housing Program for Agricultural Workers
Click here.

Health & Safety Videos for Latinx Agricultural Workers

Español: (Video) Trabajadores agrícolas: sus derechos de salud y seguridad durante la pandemia de coronavirus en CA
Watch here.
Watch here.

English: COVID-19 Workplace Health & Safety for California Agriculture Workers (Video)
Watch here.
Watch here.

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Expansion of H-2A Visas Announced

FELS – Employment News
April 15 Update

La Luz Center
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Department of Industrial Relations – FAQs Laws enforced by CA Labor Commissioner’s Office
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FAQs for Agricultural Workers and Employees
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Masks for your vineyard employees- FREE!
To support you as growers and our local farm workers, the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation will be purchasing 5,000 KN95 masks (these are not N95 masks, but are very similar and would work now during the new health order and also for farming and potential fire crisis in the future). The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation will offer ONE mask per employee on a first-come-first-served basis.

Grape growers, if your vineyard employees are in need of KN95 masks, please reach out to Valerie Pearce,, via an email with your company name and how many masks you need. St. Joseph’s Health also has access to masks so please be sure to reach out to us if you are in need.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status.
Click here.

Health Resources

COVID-19 Testing Options, Locations and Resources for Sonoma Valley
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Center for Disease Control (CDC)
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World Health Organization (WHO)
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California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
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Sonoma Valley Hospital COVID-19 Screening
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Sonoma County Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Case Dashboard
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National Coronavirus Response, A Road Map to Reopening
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Covered California
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Mental and Emotional Health Support & Guidance

County of Sonoma Launches Warm Line for Emotional and Mental Health Support
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Mental Health and National Disaster Distress Support Line
Access mental health support by calling the National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990. You can also Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 Or TTY at 1-800-846-8517. English and Spanish.

The Food & Wine Pro Guide to Mental Health and Sobriety Resources
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Sonoma Valley Food Resources

Sonoma To-Go Program
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Sonoma Valley Food Security Task Force
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Sonoma Valley Together
Sonoma Valley Together is a community initiative working with the Sonoma Valley Food Security Task Force to respond to the coronavirus crisis we are all facing together. Visit the Facebook page for more information and updates on where you can receive meals.

Sonoma Family Meal
Click here

Sonoma Valley Food Assistance Calendar
The City created a Sonoma Valley Food Assistance Calendar web page after finding that it was difficult to find a list of food assistance distribution events for Sonoma Valley. View here.

Industry and Community Partner Resources

Agriculture Experiences Approved through Sonoma County Urgency Ordinance
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ABC Resources
ABC “Emergency Rules” Doing Away with Licensee Rights to Due Process and Fair Hearings – Comments in Response Due by May 18th

Notice of Regulatory Relief
Frequently Asked Questions About ABC’s Guidance on Virtual Wine Tastings

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Join the SVVGA Members Only Facebook Group
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City of Sonoma Updates and Resources
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City of Sonoma Resource Information Window Poster (English and Spanish)
Click here to download

Wine Institute Updates
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Sonoma County Tourism Latest Updates and Resources
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Marketing Resources

Virtual Tastings Best Practices
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TTB Approves Tasting Samples for Virtual Tastings
Read requirements here

How the Hospitality Industry Copes with COVID-19 (article)
Read here

6 Ways to Provide Great Customer Service During a Crisis
Read here


Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, August 13 7:00pm PT: Congressman Mike Thompson will host his thirteenth Virtual Town Hall with special guest Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. You will need to register for this event by emailing your name to Shortly before the event you will receive an email with instructions on how to join and we will also simulcast the event on my Facebook page.

Ongoing: US Virtual Winery Summit Series
DTC Wine Workshops with the support of the Wine Institute, is launching the first of its kind,
“US Virtual Winery Summit Series: Doing Business in a Changing Landscape”. This ongoing training
and support program will help attendees navigate through many new decisions.

Click here.


Available to View

Virtual Winery Offerings – Case Study
Watch here.

CAWG · COVID-19 Back-to-Business Webinar
Below you will find a PDF of the slide deck, a full recording of the webinar, and a checklist created by Fisher Phillips for back-to-business considerations:
PDF of presentation deck.
Recording of the webinar.

What You Need to Know About Changes Coming to PPP Loans: The Latest, by INC.

Watch here

Navigating the New Norm: Marketing Strategy Webinar
Featuring Dr. Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Chair of Wine Business Education
at Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute
Click here.

County of Sonoma Virtual Town Hall from April 14
Featuring important updates on COVID-19 from the Sonoma County Public Health Officer.
Click here.

Small Business Administration Assistance Programs
On Friday, April 3, 2020, Wine Institute hosted a webinar with the Small Business Association (SBA) and Rep. Mike Thompson to provide information on important assistance programs for wineries, including two key SBA programs – the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).

On the webinar, Julie Cowles, District Director for the SBA’s San Francisco regional office addressed a number of questions about how to access these programs. The presentation below, from Friday’s webinar, provides a great deal of information on assistance programs.

Click here.

EDB’s Christine Palmer on SBA Loans and Programs
SVVGA hosted a webinar with the Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s Christine Palmer, who discusses emergency assistance available to small businesses.
Click here.

American AgCredit: Navigating Uncertainty During Coronavirus
A brief summary from American AgCredit’s experts discussing the macroeconomic overview, news from Capitol Hill, SBA relief programs and what customers can expect from American AgCredit. Includes resources and links to financial indexes, SBA loan applications and labor information.

Click here.

Sonoma County Tourism All Partners Meeting
The PowerPoint deck from the meeting is accessible here.

A list of questions received before and during the meeting, along with our answers, are available to view here.

Occupational Health & Safety, presented by Wine Institute
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Business Insurance & Employment Law during COVID-19, presented by Wine Institute
Read here

Farella Braun + Martel Business Interruption Coverage Webinar
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Stimulus Package Town Hall with Inc., U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Neil Bradley
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Spanish Language COVID-19 PSA Videos
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Sonoma County Winegrape Commission Marketing & Program Update Webinar
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Volunteer Resources

California Volunteers
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Sonoma Valley Volunteers
Sonoma Valley needs a new volunteer force! Help meet the emerging needs of our community during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. People over 60 can contribute from home and people under 60 can help out in the community while social distancing.
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SVVGA Official Updates and Email Announcements

CORRECTION 07/09/2020 – 10:30AM: Click here

UPDATE 07/08/2020 – 9:30AM: Click here

UPDATE 06/19/2020 – 9:30AM: Click here

UPDATE 06/18/2020 – 1:30PM: Click here

UPDATE 06/10/2020 – 11:00AM: Click here

UPDATE 06/05/2020 – 5:50PM: Click here

UPDATE 05/29/2020 – 3:00PM: Click here

UPDATE 05/22/2020 – 5:45PM: Click here

UPDATE 05/22/2020 – 10:35AM: Click here

UPDATE 05/21/2020 – 4:43PM: Click here

UPDATE 05/13/2020 – 10:50AM: Click here

UPDATE 05/08/2020 – 11:30AM: Click here

UPDATE 04/23/2020 – 5:34PM: Click here

UPDATE 04/22/2020 – 9:15AM: Click here

UPDATE 04/16/202 – 11:48AM: Click here

UPDATE 03/31/2020 – 9:07 PM: Click here

UPDATE 03/31/2020 – 3:07PM: Click here

UPDATE 03/27/2020 – 11:50PM: Click here

UPDATE 03/20/2020 – 2:56PM: Click here

UPDATE 03/17/2020 – 5:37PM: Click here

UPDATE 03/17/2020 – 9:30AM: Click here

UPDATE 03/16/2020 – 3:43PM: Click here

UPDATE 03/12/2020 – 3:03PM: Click here