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June 15, 2021

Exciting news! Aligning with the state’s reopening guidance that was announced June 15, 2021, Sonoma County has fully reopened and has lifted most of the coronavirus-related restrictions, including the lifting of the local mask mandate.

In light of this good news, we want to provide an update about our current status. Fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear masks when visiting Safari West. We do instruct and strongly recommend that guests who are not fully vaccinated bring a mask with them to use anywhere while on property and especially when social distancing outside is unachievable. Safari West may still require face coverings for indoor large gatherings or sensitive animal areas, e.g., animal presentations, and/or behind the scenes wild adventures.

With the new guidelines in place, every safari vehicle may depart with up to 10, maybe 12 guests on board. We will continue to thoroughly clean all trucks and other public contact services before and after contact with a guest. If you are uncomfortable with this arrangement, please contact a member of our reservations team and ask about booking a Private Safari Experience.

For now, be sure to bring a facial covering if you are not fully vaccinated when you visit, and please, if you are feeling at all under the weather, call us to reschedule your adventure.

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. 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.

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