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From nostalgic candy and toys to Americana and collectibles, the Guerneville 5 & 10 is as ageless as the Redwood forests that surround it.. Images: google Business page photos
From nostalgic candy and toys to Americana and collectibles, the Guerneville 5 & 10 is as ageless as the Redwood forests that surround it. Image:

Additional Businesses Reopen
As SIP Order is Ammended

May 8, 2020


Retail Stores Open for Curbside Pickup and Delivery

Inside the Guerneville 5 and 10. ‘What a step back into the past!” Exclaims one reviewer. Its also a craft shop, they even sell oil paints and wooden palettes. Image: Yelp Business page.The Sonoma County Health Officer today amended the Public Shelter-in-Place Health Order toreopen retail stores for curbside pickup and delivery, effective 12:01 a.m. on May 8, 2020.

These businesses include, but are not limited to bookstores,  jewelry stores,  toy stores,   clothing stores,  shoe stores,  home and furnishing stores, sporting goods storesantique stores,  music stores.

In addition,  manufacturers that produce goods for essential businesses and retail stores may resume operations.  Stores and shopping malls shall remain closed.

TreeHorn Books in Santa Rosa is probably one of the best browsing bookstores in the county and with the most eclectic selection. Image: TreeHorn Google business page photo

This expansion was made possible by the Governor moving today to the initial phase of Stage Two of his Pandemic Resilience Roadmap and the success of the Shelter-In-Place order in Sonoma County in interrupting community transmission of the Coronavirus.

Sebastopol's Main street has many shops that qualify for the new businesses allowed to open. Google business page photoThe Health Officer Amendment allows additional lesser-risk businesses to open based on a risk-assessment approach and implements Governor Newsom’s plan in Sonoma County.

Governor Newsom emphasize in his announcement that “this is not a return to normal and that the virus is still spreading” but that we can gradually reopen as “science, data and public health dictate. As we move into the next stage of reopening, we will do so with updated guidance to help qualifying businesses make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure to customers and workers.”

Many shops are due to open in downtow Santa Rosa 4th street. Image : Google business pages

To go further into Stage Two, Newsom set out a set of criteria which a County must meet before allowing additional businesses to reopen.

The State criteria include:

•  No more than 1 COVID-19 positive case per 10,000 people in the last 14 days;

•  No COVID-19 death in the past 14 days;

•  Minimum daily testing of 1.5 per 1,000 residents;

•  Ability to temporarily house at least 15% of county residents experiencing homelessness;

•  County or regional hospital capacity to accommodate a minimum surge of 35% in new COVID patients;

•  Hospital facilities must have a robust plan to protect hospital workforce;

•  Skilled nursing facilities must have more than 14 day supply of PPE on hand for staff with ongoing procurement from non-state supply chains; and

•  County metrics that serve as triggers for either slowing the pace through Stage Two or tightening modifications.

•  Sonoma County meets a number of criteria but has an incidence of virus spread and deaths that do not meet the State benchmarks at this time to reopen further as set out in the California’s Resilience Roadmap.

Lucky Mojo gift and book store in Forestville, California. Not sure if they opened but this is a fun trip and early holiday or original birthday gift shop of a gem. Photo:“I concur with the Governor’s assessment of our success and need for continued vigilance. We will continually assess whether we meet the State requirements and work with the business community to make sure we are able to safely reopen additional businesses as soon as conditions and the State permit,” said Dr. Sundari Mase, Health Officer for the County of Sonoma. She encouraged, “Shelter-in-Place has saved lives in Sonoma County - please continue to do your part by following the physical distancing and practicing the good hygiene guidelines for curtailing the spread of the virus.”

All businesses covered under this Order must plan, develop, post and implement their social distancing, face covering and worker/consumer safety protocols. Details pertaining to these protocols are in Appendix A of the May 1, 2020 Health Order C19-09 that can be found here: 

Click on image to view or download larger image. California moved into Stage 2 of modifying the state’s Stay-at-Home order on May 8, 2020. Our progress in achieving key public health metrics will allow a gradual re-opening of California’s economy. Image: Governor’s industry specific guidance for reopening can be found here: 

“I cannot begin to express how thankful I am for the sacrifices the community has made to fight the pandemic which has helped keep us safe and allowed us to take this step to further open our economy,” said Sonoma County Board Chair Susan Gorin. “County leadership is committed to reopening business and public spaces in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone.”

For more information about the Public Health Order, essential businesses, available County services, or updates regarding the public health emergency, please visit Residents may also call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to 898-211 in order to text with a 2-1-1 operator. Additional updates are available on County of Sonoma ( @countyofsonoma ) social media.



May 10, 2020
What about re-opening our beaches and parks for all Sonoma county residents? Evidence is showing extremely low rates of transmission during outdoor exposures. Emotional and physical well being vastly increases by exercising and being in nature.
- Loi Medvin

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