Public Health Official Shelter-in-Place Orders

Revised Public Health Order
(Issued June 9; Extended through July 6, 2020)

On Tuesday June 9th, Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel issued a new order removing local restrictions on lodging operators, allowing hotels, motels and vacation rentals to resume business activities in accordance with State guidelines effective Friday, June 12. The County was previously approved for a State variance and issued orders aligning the County with State guidance, which will allow movies theaters and family entertainment centers; museums, galleries and aquariums; gyms and fitness centers; swimming pools; campgrounds and RV parks; and tasting rooms, brewpubs and bars to reopen on Friday as well. The new order also extends partial beach closures through July 6, 2020, at which time the County will reassess beach access. Furthermore, the County is aligned with new State guidance on schools, childcare facilities and day camps. The County advises residents that not all operations or businesses will be ready to open on the effective date of sector guidance. Click here to see the full Press Release.

NEW GUIDANCE (Begins June 12)

Guidance for hotels for travel and tourism (includes swimming pools):

Guidance for family entertainment centers and movie theaters

Guidance for restaurants/bars/wineries/brewpubs

Guidance for museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums

Guidance for gyms and fitness centers (includes swimming pools)

Guidance for campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation (includes swimming pools)

Guidance for cardrooms

County Variance Authorized to Move Forward in Stage 2 
(Approved by Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors May 29, 
Approved by the State May 30)

On May 29th, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors held a Special Board Meeting to approve the County Variance Application, allowing Santa Cruz County to move forward into Stage 2 under Governor Gavin Newsom’s Resiliency Roadmap. Find the supplemental order here. The Public Health Officer now authorizes all business operations and activities allowed by the State of California in Stage 2 within the approved variance to resume. For now, this is limited to dine-in restaurant services and barber/hair-salons. Businesses are advised to carefully review State Orders and guidance to determine whether their business falls within the confines of the State Orders such that they can legally reopen. Those businesses that do not fall within those confines are prohibited from reopening and are subject to citation or violation of the Order if they open prematurely.

Reopening guidance, including State guidelines for specific sectors, can be found here. Some additional resources for restaurants and salons can be found at:

State of California COVID Industry Specific Guidance - Salons/Barber Shops 
State of California COVID Industry Specific Guidance – Dine-in Restaurants 
California Restaurant Association
National Restaurant Association Reopening Guide 
Re-Restaurant Toolkit (Kathleen Wood Partners)
California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Public Health Official Shelter-in-Place Order 
(Issued March 17; Extended on May 26 through July 1, 2020)

On May 26th, the County’s Public Health Official extended and strengthened the Shelter-in-Place Public Health Order. The Order is now in effect through 11:59 p.m. July 1st, 2020.

The revised Order can be found here. Please visit the County’s website for up-to-date information: This Order requires residents to continue to self-isolate and for non-essential business and governmental operations to cease. Residents are still able to obtain the medical services and supplies, food and goods they need. Residents also may go outside to walk, run and recreate so long as social distancing of at least six feet between people outside the residence is followed. All public and private gatherings outside of household or living unit are prohibited. The new order allows certain activities to resume such as office workspaces, in-store retail, religious services and cultural ceremonies, manufacturing, limited personal services, protests and outdoor museums to resume, effective 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday May 26th. (See supplemental order above for dine-in restaurant and barber/hair-salon services). All businesses and operations must continue complying with Social Distancing Protocols and Order to Wear Face Coverings, as well as sector-based guidance available from the State on the website.

Office spaces may open by following State guidance on safely reopening, found here. A checklist can be found here. Telework is still strongly encouraged. Childcare is now allowed for children of all workers and volunteers with open sectors. Guidance on childcare facilities can be found here.

In-store retail guidance can be found here. Retailers are required to follow and post local guidance under the Health Order known as Appendix A, available in English and Spanish. Low-risk personal services such as car washes and pet groomers should also follow guidelines for retail operations, and follow and post Appendix A.

The Order maintains language on daily beach closures between 11 a.m.-5 p.m., as well as language restricting patronage at local hotels, motels and vacation rentals, including asking lodging owners to maintain a log of the purposes customers are staying at local lodging establishments. Gyms, nail-salons, tattoo parlors, and other previously stated non-essential service must remain closed until authorized to open by the Health Official.

For County Guidelines on reopening these sectors, click here.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions on the Revised Order.