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

Your safety is paramount and we are proceeding with care and caution to ensure everyone’s safety as we move forward with re-opening many of our facilities. Your Department Head and your supervisor will be working with you and your team to determine the best path forward including when you will be asked to report to a city facility for work.

Timelines and protocols will vary by department, but the following will apply to most situations. If you need further assistance, or would like to talk to someone about your specific needs please contact your supervisor or Human Resources. 

The first difference you will see is new signage at each public entrance of our facilities informing all employees and customers that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; and that they need to wear a facial covering at all times.

Several additional measures to protect employee health are also being taken. Everyone who can carry out their work duties from home will be directed to do so, for now.  All employees have been told not to come to work if they are sick. Non-contact thermometers will be available at many facilities and symptom checks are being conducted before employees may enter the work space. All desks or individual work stations will be configured consistent with State and County recommendations to ensure your safety. Disinfectant and related supplies will be available to all employees at work, including hand sanitizer.

It will now be mandatory to wear facial coverings at work.  Please read the following policy regarding facial coverings in the work place:  Facial Covering Requirements.

Measures to prevent crowds from gathering are being taken. We will be limiting the number of customers in the public space at any one time. The maximum number of customers allowed in your public space will be dependent on the size of your space. The new maximum capacity will allow for customers and employees to easily maintain at least six-foot distance from one another at all practicable times.

Measures to keep people at least six feet apart are also being taken. In addition to new signage at the entrance and in your lobby, markings will be placed at least six feet apart in customer line areas inside and on sidewalks at public entrances with signs directing customers to use the markings to maintain at least a 6ft distance. We will also be separating public areas from employee areas by adding physical barriers, including sneeze guards, to help customers and employees maintain safe distances.


City of Santa Cruz COVID-19 Related Policies and Procedures 

Vendor Health Screening (Updated 7/31)

Guidance for Conducting Health Screenings and Self-Screenings for Employees (Updated 7/31) 

COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines (Updated 7/31)

COVID-19 Exposure Protocol (Updated 7/31)

Requirement for City of Santa Cruz Employees to Wear a Face Covering

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for the City of Santa Cruz 

Email from Human Resources Regarding New Sick Leave Bank  

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Leave Request Form (Non-Safety Employees) 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Leave Request (Public Safety Employees)


Citywide Virtual Meetings Hosted by City Manager Martin Bernal


Adapting to a New Normal: Our Path Forward to a Safer Workplace


COVID-19 and Shelter-in-Place Orders' Impact on the City Budget


Additional Information for Employees

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noun_advice-GreyEmployee Assistance Program (EAP)

noun_Businesswoman-GreyUpdates from HR Director, Lisa Murphy

     Updates from City Manager, Martin Bernal

noun_virus-GreyResources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

noun_California_GreyInformation from the State / County

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