• Phase 2 - Re-Opening Retail for Curbside Pickup
  • Social Distancing Protocol Notice: Starting May 8th
  • For Restaurants: Great Plates Program
  • Quick Chamber Of Commerce Survey
PHASE 2 Re-Opening Retail
Santa Cruz County will be eligible to transition to Phase 2 of the California State Re-Opening Roadmap , effective 11:59pm May 7th.

Beginning Friday, May 8, 2020, local retail businesses may begin providing curbside pick-up services to customers. 

Examples of such businesses include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, sporting goods stores and other over-the-counter retailers. In addition, manufacturing and supply chain workplaces supporting these businesses may open. 

Social Distancing Protocols must be followed in all of these settings. 

Other types of businesses, including shopping malls, dine-in services, hair and nail salons, movie theaters and more, remain prohibited from operating.

We are aware that this is very quick notice with little time to fully prepare what this would look like. We are quickly working to gather more helpful information for you, and putting together a suggested Guideline and List of Resources and Supplies that your business may find helpful to get started. This will be a work in progress that we will continue adding to in the coming days . We are also communicating with the City Economic Development Dept. who is also working hard on getting local guidelines and "restart kits" for businesses. We will keep you updated!

Further State guidance on allowable businesses is expected to be issued Thursday. Business owners are advised to review State guidance to determine whether their establishments may reopen as well as operational practices, so that they may avoid enforcement actions.

Read the official notices here:
Social Distancing Protocol Notice
Starting May 8th, your business must have this Social Distancing Protocol Notice posted by the front entrance, if you are open for business, and distributed to each employee.

" The Social Distancing Protocol must be posted at or near the entrance of the relevant facility, or construction site, and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees. A copy of the Social Distancing Protocol must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility, or construction site.

All Essential Businesses shall implement the Order of the County Health Officer to Shelter in Place ( effective May 1, 2020) Page 3 of 4 Social Distancing Protocol and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand."

Download and Print here:
Several Downtown restaurants have expressed interest in participating in this California initiative. This program provides revenue to restaurants in exchange for providing three nutritious meals daily to needy seniors. Santa Cruz County has now coordinated the program on a local level, and have posted the information:

Letters of Interest must be submitted by May 11th 4:00pm . Email to:  eoc032@santacruzcounty.us

Read requirements here: 

More info here:  

Press Release here:  
Santa Cruz County Chamber Of Commerce
Economic Impact COVID-19 Survey-2
COVID - 19 is a public health care crisis that is impacting the local economy in ways never imagined. 

Getting your input can help us direct our public policies to better respond to the community needs.  

Click here to take the survey:
Sent to you by your good friends at the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz!