Covid Update – May 30, 2020

Beth Costa on May 30, 2020

To all Wine Road wineries –

First off…don’t shoot the messenger. I am passing on what I know, as I know it.


I’m sure everyone has seen the Public Health announcement that no new businesses will be given the okay to open for the next two weeks. That would include winery tasting rooms – offering just their normal tastings.

Wine / Dine
This is the plan for tasting rooms that want to open NOW.
You must include a meal with your tasting.
The ABC has said, a sandwich, salad, charcuterie board are not meals.
This is the guidance from the ABC

THIS is the information sent to us last week from Public Health, regarding this wine/meal requirement.

Updates to the Health Orders that affect your facility

Attention Food Facility Operator:

The Sonoma County Health Officer has amended Health Order C19-09 to include outdoor dining for food facilities, restaurants, tasting rooms, wineries, breweries and distilleries. You may view the amended order at Attached please find a guidance document and checklist for the implementation of outdoor dining.

Under the amended Health Order, wineries, tasting rooms, breweries and distilleries are required to provide meal service when serving alcohol. If your facility does not currently possess a valid retail food facility permit which allows your facility to prepare and serve food to the public, please contact Environmental Health for guidance.

Food Facilities that wish to change their menu should contact Environmental Health to determine if there are any additional permitting requirements specific to their food facility.

If you should have any questions or need further information, please or call 707-565-6565. These mailboxes are monitored daily.


Who is OPEN ?
I have collected some information from you on who is now OPEN or opening soon.
Please proof this list I may have missed your note, typed your phone number wrong…who knows!
This is now on the home page of our website and we’ll begin sharing via social.
I will update daily as things change and you confirm your plans.

Our information will say the following –
We are SO HAPPY to welcome guests back to our tasting rooms!

Please note the following guidelines.

– Facemasks must be worn to check-in at any winery.

– All wineries are limited to groups of 6 or less. Those with an (*) are limited to groups of 4 or less

– All wineries visits are reservations only. They cannot accept walk-in tastings at this time.

– All tastings are OUTSIDE – some may only be available “weather permitting”, others are tented.

– All tastings are currently wine/dine options only – a meal must accompany your tasting (it’s confusing, we know).

———————————————————— (work in progress)
We will have a landing page listing the precautions being taken at our member wineries and lodgings and those members who have completed the safety check list (created by Sonoma County Economic Development).
Please continue to follow through with the Safe Sonoma Wineries check-list, then send us your certificate of completion. We will have our SAFE Sonoma Wineries signs next week to begin sending them out.


Marketing and PR
We are creating an ad campaign to begin (tentatively June 15) to promote WE’RE BACK!
This will include print, digital and Bay Area radio. We will also be working with bloggers/influencers to spread the word once we have more wineries open.


If you are looking for additional light reading;
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.


We are scheduled to re-open the Wine Road office June 15th.

#SipSonoma #SipSomeMore

Posted by Beth Costa