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Wine Spectator: Across California, Wineries Are Reopening…Sort Of

May 28, 2020

It was a mad scramble when Sonoma County wineries learned late Friday night that some of them could reopen over Memorial Day weekend. Sonoma County’s health officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, announced an amendment to the county’s shelter-in-place orders, allowing certain businesses to operate at a limited capacity, effective May 23. But there was a catch—only wineries, breweries, and bars that could offer both outdoor seating and food service could reopen, so long as they comply with local guidance for health and safety protocols.

In several wine regions across California, similar partial reopenings have begun. Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced that the state is in Stage 2 of easing public restrictions triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. That doesn’t automatically include restaurants and wineries, but the state is allowing counties variances on the rules if they meet certain criteria. Wine Spectator has a full report.—Aaron Romano

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