Important Updates

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020
STATE ORDERS CLOSING OF SOME
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY SECTORS 

Based on increased spread of COVID-19 and in order to protect the health and safety of residents, the California Department of Public Health has added Santa Cruz County to the order modifying or closing operations in several sectors.  

  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Personal care services 
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors 
  • Indoor shopping malls  

Retail and existing outdoor restaurant operations are unaffected by the orders and may continue operations under State guidelines for their respective sectors. Additionally, hair salons and personal services (including skin care, cosmetology, nail services, and massage therapy but no electrology, tattooing and piercing services) may continue operations outdoors under State guidelines.  

Non-critical infrastructure sectors are defined by the Department of Homeland Security and are available here. Offices on this are not required to close operations but must continue following State guidelines for safe operations. 

Places of worship may continue outdoor operations in accordance with State guidance. 

Indoor dining, bars, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums and cardrooms were closed throughout California on July 13, 2020. 

 Any removal from the list would require further State action. 

The community can help reverse this trend by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands
  • Keep 6 feet of distance from those not in your household
  • Wear a face covering
  • Don’t gather in groups
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

For local information on COVID-19, go to www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus, call 211 or text “COVID19” to 211211. Residents may also call (831) 454-4242 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Santa Cruz County has also issued a new Face Coverings & Social Distancing order that will remain in place indefinitely. This order aligns more completely with the State’s recent guidance/order and includes some specific language around the requirements for face coverings at businesses which clarifies the right to refuse entry and/or service inside if a person is not wearing a face covering. The order also modifies the age requirements for face coverings to include everyone above the age of two years old.

REQUIRED SIGNAGE POSTING:

  • Businesses MUST post signage at each public entrance of the facility noting the following:
    • Avoid entering the facility if you have a cough or a fever
    • Maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another
    • Sneeze and cough into a cloth or tissue or, if not available, into your elbow; and
    • Not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact
  • PROTECTING EMPLOYEE HEALTH
    • Everyone who can carry out their work duties from home has been directed to do so
    • All employees have been told not to come to work if sick
    • Symptom checks are being conducted before employees may enter the work space
    • All desks or individual workstations are separated by at least six feet
    • Break rooms, bathrooms, and other common areas are being disinfected frequently, include posted schedule
    • Disinfectant and related supplies are available to all employees, list the location in which supplies are located
    • Soap and water are available to all employees
  • MEASURES TO PREVENT CROWDS FROM GATHERING
    • Limit number of customers in the store at any one time
    • Post an employee at the door to ensure that the maximum number of customers in the facility set forth is not exceeded
    • Place per-person limits on goods that are selling out quickly to reduce crowds and lines
  • MEASURES TO KEEP PEOPLE AT LEAST SIX FEET APART
    • Place signs outside the store reminding people to be a least six feet apart, including when in line
    • Place tape or other markings at least six feet apart in customer line areas inside the store and on sidewalks at public entrances with signs directing customers to use the markings to maintain distance
    • Separate order areas from delivery areas to prevent customers from gathering
    • All employees have been instructed to maintain at least six feet distance from customers and from each other, except employees may momentarily come closer when necessary to accept payment, deliver goods or services, or as otherwise necessary
  • MEASURES TO PREVENT UNNECESSARY CONTACT
    • Prevent people from self-serving any items that are food related
    • Lids for cups and food-bar type items are provided by staff, not to customers to grab
    • Bulk-item food bins are not available for customer self-service use
    • Customers are not permitted to bring their own bags, mugs, or other reusable items from home
    • Provide contactless payment systems or, if not feasible, sanitize payment systems regularly
  • MEASURES TO INCREASE SANITIZATION
    • Disinfecting wipes that are effective against COVID-19 are available near shopping carts and shopping baskets
    • Employees assigned to disinfect carts and baskets regularly
    • Hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant is available to the public at or near the entrance of the facility, at checkout counters, and anywhere else inside the store or immediately outside where people have direct interactions
    • Disinfect all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use
    • Disinfect all high-contact surfaces frequently