• Allowed to Open: Dine-In Restaurants and Barbershops/Hair Salons
  • Temporary Outdoor Space For Expanded Dining and Retail
Santa Cruz County is now allowed to move further ahead in Stage 2 of the  California Resilience Roadmap. Dine-in restaurants and barbershops/hair salons are allowed to open with health and safety modifications. 

Prior to opening, businesses must implement 6 feet Social Distancing Protocols and design worksite-specific plans, train employees and implement control measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and barbershops/hair salons wishing to prepare their establishments should review the State sector guidance, available at: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

You can also visit the Santa Cruz County Reopening Guidance Documents

Learn more about the order and read the California industry specific guidance to prepare your business to reopen: 

Let us know if you're open so we can help promote!
Thank you for all your input through the INPUT FORM regarding temporary use of outdoor space (sidewalks, parking spaces, streets).

With over 100 responses, your input allowed us to hear from you so we could best advocate with the City Staff and Council for what our Downtown businesses want right now, and what would best ensure your success.

City staff is working right now on an Emergency Temporary Use Permit, and online application, for expansion into the sidewalks, adjacent parking spaces and private property - using Boulder, Santa Barbara and Newport Beach as models.

They are looking at developing clear guidelines and requirements so that we can have a quick and easy approval process. For outdoor dining on sidewalks and commercial uses on sidewalks, expansion may be approved without application as long as the distancing requirements and Order specifications are met. Hopefully we will have a signed Emergency Order allowing this streamlined process this week .

Once available, it will be put out in a press release, and will be available on the ChooseSantaCruz  website. We will keep you updated!

In the meantime, for your planning purposes, please reserve a 6-8 ft right of way on the sidewalk adjacent to your business for pedestrian passage as you begin to create your site plan.

Also, if you plan on extending your alcohol use to outside space, we recommend that you start moving forward with your ABC approval simultaneously so no time is wasted. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly as well.

Thank you!

Abra Allan, Interim Executive Director

Sonja Brunner, Operations Director and Membership Coordinator
Sent to you by your good friends at the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz!