Updated Santa Cruz County order allows more businesses to open

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services

Santa Cruz County issued on May 6 an updated Shelter-in-Place Order allowing local businesses to conduct limited reopenings as Gov. Gavin Newsom launches Stage 2 of his Reopening Roadmap.

I encourage all of you to read the latest order—which supplements the March 31 and April 29 orders— to see how it impacts your individual situation.

Beginning Friday, May 8, some categories of local retail businesses may begin providing curbside pick-up services to customers. In addition, manufacturing and supply chain workplaces supporting these businesses may open. 

Physical 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.

The BayTree Bookstore remains closed for walk-in shopping. However, online orders can be picked up at the will-call window which is located near the front entrance of the bookstore. The store is open from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed on Saturday and Sunday. The Express Store is open to customers from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed on Saturday and Sunday, with physical distancing and face covering orders being observed.

According to the county, further business reopenings depend on meeting specific readiness criteria defined by the State of California, including measures of a community’s ability to withstand and inhibit the spread of COVID-19. 

We are continually assessing the revised orders and guidelines being issued by state and local officials to determine what adjustments we can and should make to our operations. 

More information about the campus impacts of COVID-19 is available online