COVID-19 UPDATE | The City is coordinating closely with our public health officials at the Santa Cruz County Health Department to prevent the further spread COVID-19. In an effort to protect you and our community, changes and measures have been adopted in daily operations and activities. For further details please click here for the City’s Response to COVID-19

Information Last Updated: 4/1/20

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Santa Cruz County continue to rise the City of Santa Cruz is taking necessary precautionary efforts to contain the spread of this virus and mitigate its impact.

Our goal is to work with our public health officials at the Santa Cruz County Health Department to control community spread of COVID-19; maintain essential City services, maintain fiscal accountability for COVID-19 response, and maintain open, transparent, and timely communication with the community. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO ALL RESIDENTS: The Health Officer for the County of Santa Cruz directs all individuals living in the County to continue to shelter at their place of residence through May 3rd. Please refer to the full order for more details and information. The County has also prepared an updated FAQ document to answer questions related to the Shelter in place order.

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A message from Fire Chief Jason Hajduk on the Shelter in Place Order:

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 A message from Police Chief Andrew Mills on the Shelter in Place Order:

What the City of Santa Cruz is doing:

On Friday, March 13, 2020, City Manager Martin Bernal announced that the City will be closing select facilities starting Tuesday, March 17 to protect employees and the community. Essential operations that are critical to the health and safety of the community will remain operational, including police, fire, water, wastewater, building inspections, and trash collection. Specific information will be forthcoming and the following information will be updated on Monday, March 14 to reflect impacts from the facility closures. 

Supporting Our Vulnerable Unsheltered Community Members: The City is working closely with the County to provide supportive services to our unsheltered community members. Temporary hygiene facilities are being deployed around the community to promote handwashing and provide increased restroom access.  Health screening protocols are being developed to ensure those in shelters with limited access to healthcare are being monitored and supported. Encampments are being assessed and outreach conducted to provide alternative shelter options and limit the density of unsanctioned encampments.  With rapidly evolving response needs, the City will ultimately be following guidelines set forth by the State and County health officials, which are currently outlined in the Guidance for Homeless Assistance Providers on Novel Coronavirus. Additional information can be found in County's April 1st, 2020 County Press Release.

Public City Meetings and Public Records Act Requests

For more information, please refer to to the March 16th City Press Release for more information. 

City Operational Changes (as of March 17, 2020)

The following updates are provided to keep the community informed of changes in service delivery during the Covid-19 outbreak. 

City Manager's Office
Fire Department
Police Department
Economic Development Department
Parks & Recreation Department
Planning & Community Development Department
Santa Cruz Public Library
Public Works Department
Water Department
Finance Department
Human Resources Department
Information Technology Department

Best Practices to Slow the Spread and Support Our Community: 

  • Stay home if you are sick, wash your hands, and give each other space when out in public.
  • Take steps to prepare. Keep your pantry stocked with a two week supply of essentials, but don't hoard massive amounts of goods because you may prevent others from accessing the essentials they need.
  • Always look for information from reliable sources and think twice before you share something on social media that you are not sure is factual.
  • Keep your spending local! Our local businesses are often the most impacted by events like this and we can all do our part to continue to support business owners and employees.

What to Do if You Think You're Sick:

Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.  

Remember that our community has faced major challenges and impacts before. It is important to stay calm, but take the necessary steps to prepare and protect yourself and our community.

Do your part to stop the spread of germs: Wash your hands!

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