Public Health Official Shelter-in-Place Orders

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.

City Operations Under the Shelter-in-Place Order

The City of Scotts Valley changed operations to meet the requirements of the Order. By ceasing non-essential activities, we are meeting our duty to slow the spread of the virus.

The City is operating with the following essential functions:

  • Police Dispatch and Patrol Services will operate as normal. The Police have special protocols in place to protect themselves and others such as the use of personal protective equipment. The Police and the Scotts Valley Fire Protection District have strong operational mutual aid protocols.
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility will operate as normal
  • Essential City Maintenance crew will be on duty for response
  • Outdoor Parks and Recreation Facilities will operate as follows. Please note that all use of parks, open space and outdoor park amenities must strictly adhere to social distancing requirements including keeping at least 6 feet between park users not of the same family/living unit, frequent handwashing and proper cough/sneezing hygiene.
  • The Scotts Valley Skatepark is OPEN -- please maintain social distancing. 
  • Parks, open spaces, dog parks, pump track and public restrooms remain OPEN.
  • Tennis, pickleball, basketball and bocce ball courts, and picnic and BBQ areas remain OPEN for family/living unit use only. There can be no co-use by groups outside of a family/living unit.
  • Playgrounds / play structures and outdoor gym equipment are CLOSED.
  • Given the length of the Shelter-in-Place Order we know that families and individuals need a place to recreate. If there is crowding or disregard for the social distancing, the City may need to close down access. The City urges community members—adults and youth— to follow the rules so everyone can continue to use our parks.
  • County Beaches remain closed from 11am-5pm except for water-based activities. Outside of these closures, the beach is open for exercise only. Some parking lots are closed. Find up-to-date closures for beaches and parks here.
  • Closure of all public counters (City Hall, Police Department, Planning and Building, Public Works and Recreation) with limited essential services provided by appointment only. For Building appointments, please email For Planning information, please email Call (831) 440-5600 for more information about making essential appointments.
  • Closure of the Senior Center
  • Closure of the Community Center
  • Postponement of all event and facility rentals
  • Postponing all City Commission/Committee meetings unless essential
  • Providing alternative means of participation at City Council meetings, which are being held via Zoom Webinar. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Zoom Webinar by clicking on the link in the specific meeting agenda, which is available by clicking here. Meetings can also be viewed on Community TV, Channel 25, or online at Instructions on public participation, how to comment via Zoom, and how to comment via email are available on each specific meeting agenda by clicking here.