Coronavirus Updates

March 16, 2020: Santa Cruz County Public Health Department issued a Shelter In Place Order effective at 12:01 a.m. on 3/17/2020. Here are highlights:

  • All individuals currently living within Santa Cruz County (the "County") are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any Essential Activities, including obtaining food, goods or healthcare, engage in outdoor activity (with social distancing), care for a person or pet in another home, and perform work at Essential Businesses.
  • All businesses with a facility in the County, except Essential Businesses, are required to cease all activities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations. For clarity, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residence (i.e. working from home). All Essential Businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Businesses shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements including, but not limited to, when any customers are standing in line. 
  • Essential businesses include:
    • businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals,
    • businesses that ship or deliver food directly to residences, and
    • home-based care, residential facilities, shelters, childcare (subject to restrictions). 
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