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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Santa Cruz County Issues Order Requiring Use of Face Coverings

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The County issued an order requiring all individuals to wear a face covering when in indoor settings.

With the increase on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the Santa Cruz County Health Officer is issuing a Health Order, effective August 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., requiring all individuals to wear a face covering when in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.
In accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the order will sunset once community transmission levels return to “Moderate” (Yellow Level), as determined by the CDC. 
To help assure compliance, all businesses and governmental entities must require employees to wear masks and post signage that is clearly visible and easy-to-read at all entry points for indoor settings informing the public of the mask requirement. 
Those at home or working in a closed room or office alone or with members of their household do not have to wear a mask, and masks are not required during indoor activities where they cannot be worn such as eating, drinking, swimming, showering in a fitness facility, or obtaining medical or cosmetic services.
While masking is a helpful tool to control spread during the Delta surge, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from infection, hospitalization, or death. For information on COVID-19 vaccine and a list of vaccine providers including local pop-up clinics, visit www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirusvaccine.
For local information on COVID-19, go to www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus, or call (831) 454-4242 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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