COVID-19 Response:

Preparing For Reopening

Where We Are Now:

Santa Cruz County has been approved for extended Stage 2 of reopening. This means that dine-in restaurants and hair salons and barbershops can now reopen with social distancing protocols in place.

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:

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Indoor museums, kids museums, gallery spaces, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, arcade venues, pro sports,
  • Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism – non-essential travel
  • 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.

Jumpstart Your Restart Kits:

The City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Department is working hard to support businesses during this time. As the State and County move through the stages of recovery and reopening we are working to develop resources to help businesses gather the supplies and support they need to safely reopen when possible.

Our first step in this effort is putting together Restart Kits, which are available to businesses with a storefront located in the City of Santa Cruz.

Kits include supplies to help with initial reopening (a one month supply):

  • hand sanitizer gel (Each business will receive one 1 gallon jug and two 8oz bottles)
  • cloth masks for Employees (1 per employee, limit 25 per business)
  • floor signage to indicate social distancing
  • posters to notify customers of protocols for interacting with workers

The number of kits are limited, and retail, cafes, and restaurants will be prioritized.

Please fill out this form, and we will reach out with more information about how to pick up your kit: Request a Kit Here.

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