It’s a tough time everywhere, and our wonderful Petaluma paradise is among them. With the “Shelter in Place” order issued in all of Sonoma County, it can be hard to find some semblance of normalcy with store, service, restaurant, and school closures. This will serve as a place to gather resources that helped us and our clients get up to moment information and ideas on how to turn the necessary social distancing into productive time! We hope to keep this as up to date as possible, and welcome your finds and suggestions! Please share with us via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or at email@example.com!
Local Business Information – Restaurants, Services, Beverages
The order issued the closure of all “non-essential” businesses as well as things like wineries, breweries, bars, and entertainment venues. Restaurants are required to be “take-out” or “curbside pickup” only. For the latest info on what restaurant and business are still offering their services, the Petaluma Downtown Association has compiled a great and frequently updated list! It isn’t totally comprehensive, but social media and news stories have helped fill in the gaps.
Local reporting has done a terrific job filling in the gaps and highlighting some of the important places you can still enjoy during the order.
45 Petaluma area eateries offering curbside pick up – Argus Courier
Business Owner/Employee Information
Forced closures and uncertain timeframes can put a real strain on your business. For the most up to date information on what you can do to lessen the burden, Petaluma Downtown Association has also compiled a list of resources for you. These should help if you have questions about the next steps or the recent pushback of tax payments to July.
Things to Do
Take a Hike
The order specifies outdoor activity, such as county parks and beaches, remains open with a suspension of all non-essential services. That also means that parking fees have been waived! Social distancing and CDC personal hygiene should be followed by all guests, but hiking, biking, and nature walks are all on the table. Get out and enjoy spring to the best of your ability! Shollenberger Park in Petaluma provides coronavirus escape – Argus Courier
Unfortunately, after a busy weekend at the parks and beaches, all Sonoma County and City parks have been temporarily closed.
If you’d like to go somewhere a little further off, Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks in a 360-degree virtual tour!
Be a Part of the Community — Virtually
The Argus Courier lists 6 great Facebook groups that are Petaluma focused that you can be a part of! We’re part of them all, and find hidden gems, useful information, and neighborly love in all of them!
Visit a Museum or Zoo — Virtually
Take a world tour of some of the best museums in existence, from the Guggenheim to National Gallery of Art, all from the comfort of your couch.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is hosting a Home Safari every weekday at 3pm to highlight the amazing animals!
Fun and Educational for Kids
School is out and parents are reeling to fill their child’s time with something fun, educational, and engaging. Here are some projects and fun options!
Scholastic’s Learn at Home program has day-by-day projects to keep everyone Pre-K to 9th grade reading, thinking, and growing!
Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls has a near endless list of projects and activities to learn from.
Grab your favorite pens, pencils, and crayons and do a Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems!
Sonoma Index-Tribune has a constantly updated list of resources and ideas to help parents amuse and educate their kids.
If you still need Real Estate help…we’re still working hard! We’re taking necessary precautions to keep the virus at bay and away from our team and clients. This can include Facetime or Video Conferencing for meetings that would generally happen in person. We can do a “Virtual Walk-Through” of a home you’re interested in seeing. We are still showing homes and taking listing appointments, as the virus and market volatility hasn’t quite impacted our market yet. Homes are still selling with multiple offers and for over asking!