New county order on face coverings

To: UC Santa Cruz community

From: Lisa Ehret, UCSC Director of Emergency Management

Santa Cruz County issued a new order today that requires staff and patrons at essential businesses to wear face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 24, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the county health officer. 

The order is applicable to all members of the public including the UC Santa Cruz community.

Everyone in our campus community is asked to abide by the new county order and to continue to practice safe physical distancing. 

Face coverings means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or permeable materials without holes, which may include:

  • Homemade masks

  • Bandanas

  • Neck gaiters

  • T-shirts

  • Towels or other cloth materials

  • Scarf

Face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

  • Be secured with ties or ear loops

  • Include multiple layers of fabric

  • Allow for breathing without restriction

When putting on or taking off face coverings, be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth. Face coverings should be washed regularly. 

Santa Cruz County’s shelter-in-place order remains in effect through May 3. More information about the campus’s response to COVID-19 is available online.