June 15th Re-Opening Guidelines

Beth Costa on Jun 14, 2021

Hello to all of our Winery Members –

Sonoma County Tourism has broken down the confusing guidelines for re-opeing tomorrow.
These are the take-aways:
As of June 15th the color tiered system is gone.
You can open your indoor tasting area at full capacity – there is no limit.
Social Distancing is no longer a requirement – however, you can certainly continue that practice at your discretion.
Facemasks – Per the California Dept of Public Health
Guidance for Individuals 
Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status:
Public Transportation, Medical facilities

Additionally, masks are required** for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public).

**Guidance for Businesses, Venue Operators or Hosts  
In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:

• Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.

• Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.  

• Require all patrons to wear masks.

You can read ALL of the fine print here – Calif Dept of Public Health
Please note that employers must continue to follow:
Cal/OSHA will consider revisions to its ETS regulations at its June 17 board meeting. If during the meeting, Cal/OSHA elects to align its rules with the state’s guidelines for reopening (which is expected), Governor Newsom stated he will make an executive orderto immediately allow vaccinated workers to remove face coverings while unvaccinated workers continue to wear masks. Without the executive order, Cal/OSHA’s new rules would not go into effect until at least June 28.
In the meantime, the protections adopted in November of 2020 remain in effect.
In other words – we will have more information after the Cal/OSHA meeting June 17th. 

Posted by Beth Costa