Posted: Mar 18, 2020
Seven Bay Area counties in California (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz) today issued shelter-in-place orders (“the County Orders”). The orders require individuals living in these counties to remain in their place of residence and leave only to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and governmental services.
Wine Institute has received inquiries from members about how these shelter-in-place orders impact wineries. In reviewing the seven county orders and consulting with industry counsel, we interpret winery businesses to meet the definition of “essential businesses” as defined in the County Orders Section 10(f)(15) which states that essential businesses include businesses that supply other essential businesses (grocery stores and other food outlets) with the support or supplies necessary to operate.
Essential businesses may engage in full operations. For wineries, this includes vineyard management, wine production operations, bottling, warehousing, sales, delivery and shipping. This does not include wine tasting and events which Governor Newsom recommended on March 15 to be temporarily closed or postponed.
The orders mandate that individuals and businesses follow “social distancing requirements” and other safety measures which include:
Wine Institute will continue to monitor and provide updates on the current situation here.
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