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Local Mask Order Rescinded for Vaccinated Individuals

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Effective February 16, 2022 – until further notice.

Sonoma County has lifted universal mask requirements for vaccinated individuals in most indoor public settings beginning Wednesday, February 16. This aligns with similar measures in other Bay Area counties, as well as the State of California.

Safari West will follow this guideline.  Effective February 16th masks are not required indoors or outdoors for vaccinated guests and individuals.  We do require and strongly recommend that guests who are not fully vaccinated bring a mask to use anywhere on property, especially when social distancing outside is unachievable.  Anyone who wishes to continue to wear a mask can certainly do so on a voluntary basis.

The one exception to this change is that it will not apply to our Animal Department, Behind the Scenes Activities or Animal Close Encounters where guests and staff must still continue to wear a mask. We have seen over the past couple of years the transmission to animals may happen and we want to avoid this at all costs.  Kindly respect the rules for these activities and wear your mask.

Please, we ask all our guests do not visit Safari West if individuals within your group are unwell or have an above normal temperature.

Safari Tour Truck and Number of Guests:
Safari vehicles may depart with up to 12 guests onboard. If you’re uncomfortable with this arrangement, please contact a member of our reservations team and ask about booking a Private Safari Experience.

Guest Safety and Well-Being: 
We recognize and understand that these can be uncertain times, and all have different levels of comfort when it comes to how quickly the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. As an institution housing numerous rare and endangered species, we have always had highly stringent policies and practices to mitigate disease transmission and general cleanliness.

At Safari West our paramount goal is the well-being of our guests, our team, and our animals. Your safety, and peace of mind is our top priority at every moment of your visit.


The Safari West Team

How You Can Help Protect Yourself and Others

While COVID-19 is a novel disease, it is subject to the same control measures as the common cold or seasonal flu. The following recommendations come directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and more useful information can be found on their website.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Thank You and Stay Safe