COVID-19 Response:

Preparing For Reopening

Where We Are Now:

Santa Cruz County has been approved to move further in the Resilience Roadmap of reopening and we are now on track with the State as far of what is allowed to reopen now.


The City and County do not need to provide approval for businesses to reopen. It is the responsibility of the business to review the appropriate guidance for their industry and develop a reopening plan accordingly.

The following is a list of industries allowed to reopen following the State's guidance. We are updating this list as things change, but please also check the State's website for the latest information.

Businesses Allowed To Operate Friday, June 19:

Expanded personal services include hair and nail salons, estheticians, skin care, cosmetology, electrology, microblading, waxing, body art, tattoo parlors, body piercing shops and massage therapy.

Businesses and professionals should follow State guidance in order to minimize risk to clients and providers. State guidance for expanded personal services can be found here.

Businesses Allowed To Operate as of Friday, June 12:

  • Family entertainment centers
  • Restaurants, wineries, and bars
  • Zoos and museums
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Hotels (for tourism and individual travel)

View the guidance documentation for these industries and learn more here.

Business Allowed To Operate Now With Social Distancing Protocols:

  • Agriculture and livestock
  • Auto dealerships
  • Child care
  • Communications infrastructure
  • Construction
  • Delivery services
  • Energy and utilities
  • Food packing
  • Hair Salons & Barbershops
  • Hotels and lodging (for essential travel only)
  • Life sciences
  • Limited services
  • Logistics and warehousing facilities
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining and logging
  • Offices (when telework not possible)
  • Outdoor museums
  • Places of worship
  • Ports
  • Public transit and intercity passenger rail
  • Real estate transaction
  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping centers
  • Outdoor Museum
  • Limited Personal Services

Find industry guidance and more details about what businesses and activities are included in these groups here.

Businesses NOT Allowed to Operate Now:

The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:

  • Indoor playgrounds such as bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
  • Live theater
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Higher education

Resilience Roadmap:

Governor Newsom announced the release of industry guidance to help businesses reduce risk and establish a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Read the guidance, find industry-specific checklists and learn more about California’s resilience roadmap.

Before reopening, all facilities must:

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols
  5. Implement physical distancing guidelines

To provide your input on future industry guidance, fill out the California Recovery Roadmap survey.

Guidance for Reopening

The State, County, and City are working to provide guidance to businesses for reopening. The following resources are available for Stage 2 businesses.

Stage 2 Businesses Allowed to Reopen

The following list of Stage 2 sectors, businesses, establishments or activities qualify to reopen upon certification that the county meets CDPH criteria and implement the relevant Industry Guidelines.

Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocols

All businesses allowed to open under Stage 2 must post a completed Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocols document on their storefront.

Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocols - Español

All businesses allowed to open under Stage 2 must post a completed Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocols document on their storefront.

Social Distancing Poster To Notify Customers & Employees

Click the link to download a poster to display on your storefront notifying customers and employees of social distancing requirements as required by the County's Appendix A protocols.

Industry Specific Guidance

The State has prepared industry specific guidance to prepare for reopening. View the checklists and guides for operations to prepare for reopening.

California's Resilience Roadmap

Californians have been staying home and saving lives since the start of our statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on our roadmap for modifying the statewide order.

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