California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Friday, June 5th, that wineries within the state can resume tasting room operations beginning Friday, June 12th, in counties that have met the criteria to advance further into phase 2 reopening and have received approval from their respective health officer.
Santa Clara county, where our Monte Bello winery resides, has not yet met both of these required approvals. We are optimistic that it will very soon and when that time comes we will be ready to safely welcome guests back. We are closely monitoring the situation and will update you as soon as new information is announced. For more information on this situation, visit this website: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
Effective Friday, June 12th, Lytton Springs will be open for appointment-based, outdoor seated tastings. We have implemented a variety of measures to ensure the safety of our guests and our staff, including enhanced cleaning protocols, face coverings for all staff, proper social distancing measures, pre-shift health screenings, staggered tasting times to limit crowds, regular hand washing, and ongoing sanitizing of all surfaces before and after each visit.
We are offering club members 50% off Overnight shipping rates for online and phone orders with code OVERNIGHT50. Case discounts of 15% for members and 10% for non-members also apply. Visit our online store for details.
FedEx has put new protective measures in place to help you receive your wine shipment safely. If you do not feel comfortable touching FedEx equipment to sign for your package, your driver can offer the following alternatives:
According to the World Health Organization, it is safe to handle packages even if they’ve travelled through locations with COVID-19 cases: “The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.” The CDC also maintains that the risk of transmission from surfaces is low. All of our wine shipments are fulfilled in-house and our warehouse team has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our employees and your package including:
We have transitioned to a work-from-home setting for most of our employees. Additionally, we have increased our standard sick leave for full time employees from two weeks to four weeks per the new Federal directive for COVID-19. This is an assurance that our employees are not coming to work with any flu-like symptoms.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will respond based on the advice of government and public health authorities. We wish everyone the best in these unusual times, hope you all stay safe, and look forward to welcoming you at our wineries in the not-too-distant future.