Mar 18, 2020
by Lynda Hopkins, 5th District Supervisor - Sonoma County
I know times are tough, and many of us are anxious. None of us are exactly sure what the next few weeks and months will bring. As we navigate our new reality, here’s my commitment: I will check in with you as often as possible. I will post social media updates throughout the day, and send out this daily briefing. I will read as many of your comments as I can to hear what’s on your mind. And I’ll also take 15-30 minutes out of my evening a few times a week to check in with you via Facebook live. My first "Fireplace Chat" took place last night at 8:30 pm and we will have our second FB Live Chat on Thursday at 8:30. To view, go to my public facebook page here.
I am also not an epidemiologist... I am not your medical doctor... I will not provide you with medical advice. But I am your local representative, and I will try to share local government updates from the day, and answer your questions, and read your concerns that you can type out to me in real time. At this point, I plan to answer questions submitted in English in English, and my bilingual husband has committed to help me translate and answer any questions submitted in Spanish. So — while I don’t have the capacity to translate the entire video at this point in time, please feel free to ask questions in Spanish.
Day 1 ending with the Shelter in Place Order
The most common questions we are receiving are around what businesses are open. The below list is the overall type of businesses that remain open. In the next section, we are starting a series listing regional restaurants that are offering delivery or take-out options.
Grocery stores, restaurants (take-out only), pharmacies, doctor’s offices, hospitals, gas stations, banks, public transit, childcare, and senior care.
Tiendas de abarrotes, restaurantes (solo para llevar), farmacias, clínicas médicas, hospitales, estaciones de servicio, bancos, transporte público, cuidado de niños y cuidado de personas mayores.
Two frequent questions:
Can we delay paying taxes?
Can we waive Sonoma County Park fees?
I. Property Tax:
Erick Roeser, the Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector, reminds taxpayers that property taxes are due April 10, 2020. Mr. Roeser said that State officials have not yet extended the due date as a result of COVID-19, and that neither the Board of Supervisors nor the Tax Collector have the authority to extend property tax due dates.
II. State Taxes: Deferred to June 15
III. IRS taxes: Deferred to July 15.
Regional Parks Eliminates Parking Fees during the Pandemic
I've been thrilled to work with Regional Parks to eliminate parking fees during the pandemic. Thank you to the Regional Parks team for fast action... and help in getting people outside into the fresh air! Please follow the guidelines of Recreational Parks:
We want to let you know the regional parks will remain open under Sonoma County's latest health order, and we are waiving parking fees during this emergency.
While the order calls for us to limit our time in public beginning March 18, it acknowledges we are allowed to go outside to be physically active – if we practice the recommended social distancing and personal hygiene and are not in a high-risk population.
With the support of Sonoma County's leadership, we are keeping our parks, beaches and trails open, but we are closing non-essential services like campgrounds and picnic areas. (More details)
The ability to stay physically active and benefit from the calming effects of nature is crucial at a time like this. However, if you visit the parks, please follow these steps for protecting yourself and others:
• Practice the CDC's guidelines for personal hygiene — wash your hands, carry hand sanitizer, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and avoid high-touch surfaces. If you are ill or have cold or flu symptoms, please stay home.
• Keep the minimum recommended social distance of 6 feet or more between you and other visitors as you walk, run, bike or hike.
• Warn other trail users of your presence to allow proper distance. Step off trails to allow others to pass. Signal your presence with your voice or bell.
• Be prepared before you leave home and time your visit so that you are not dependent on park restrooms. Carry your own sanitizer or soap in case the restrooms run out. If you do use restrooms, limit occupancy to one person at a time.
• Bring your own water — park drinking fountains should not be used at this time.
• Pack out your trash to help keep parks clean and to protect park workers.
Thank you for your cooperation. We wish you well.
This list is by no means exhaustive. This list comes primarily from the Russian River area. We will post the Coast/Bodega Bay/Roseland et al in future briefings. Please let us know restaurants in your area that should be included.
Big Bottom Market
16228 Main St, Guerneville, CA 95446
Place your order by 9 am each morning. Delivery window is from 11-2 each day and people can also pick up their order. Big Bottom cannot specify when something will be delivered, but it will get there in that time frame.
Howard’s Station Café
3611 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental
8:30 am – 1:30 pm – call in order and pick up at the take-out window
Duncan Mills Store/Cazadero Store
Business as usual and curbside service 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
16440 4th St, Guerneville
Reopening Friday 3/20 serving their complete menu to go or delivery only. Grub hub, take-out and curbside service available.
15025 River Rd, Guerneville
Curbside Service – 7 am to 7 pm
25191 Main Street, Duncans Mills
Open for to-go orders.
3782 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental
Takeout, curbside, phone orders from 5-8 pm. Orders may be placed over the after 3 pm. Orders can be texted to (510) 277-2628. Daily menu will be posted on Facebook page – @restauranthazel. Orders paid for over the phone can be delivered curbside.
Rio Nido Roadhouse
14540 Canyon 2 Rd, Rio Nido
Takeout and Delivery
16218 Main Street, Guerneville
Take out during regular business hours. 40% off bottles of wine and beer. Please call for menu details or brotguerneville.com. Please note menu may change upon availability.
6665 Front St, Forestville
Open regular hours. Pre-bagging all bread so that cashiering and bread packaging are completely separate from each other.
Koala’s Fine Food
16380 Mill St., Guerneville
Currently open. Takeout, delivery, phone orders. No delivery fee.
21780 Highway 1, Jenner
Providing room service in the hotel and take-out orders. Check the web menu and call in your order.
6536 Front Street, Forestville
Wild Flour Bread
140 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone
Grab and go!
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