Covid Response

Covid Response

UPDATE: Santa Cruz County has lifted the mask mandate as of September 29, 2021.

Read the full update here.

Excerpted below:

Santa Cruz County, Calif. – Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), updated their COVID-19 Data Tracker to show that Santa Cruz County moved to Moderate (yellow) community transmission. Under the County’s Face Covering Order, County face covering requirements are rescinded, effective immediately.

This does not impact face covering requirements issued by the State of California including for unvaccinated individuals, school districts, businesses, venues or organizations requiring face coverings by policy. Residents are asked to continue respecting these requirements by carrying a face covering with them at all times while in public. For more information see


August 21, 2021 update

Dear MBC family — This week, the Santa Cruz County Health Officer issued a health order requiring all individuals to wear a face-covering when in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. In view of the order, we ask everyone attending the service tomorrow to wear a mask while indoors. Masks will be available at the entrance. Children less than two years of age do not need a mask. Once community transmission levels return to the “Moderate” level, the county mask requirement will be lifted. We will keep you informed when the status changes. We appreciate your understanding.


MBC Elders SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER ISSUES ORDER REQUIRING USE OF FACE COVERINGS IN INDOOR SETTINGS Santa Cruz County, Calif. – 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 (see “While vaccination remains the best and most effective tool in preventing COVID-19, the Delta variant spreads quickly among the unvaccinated and may even be passed between vaccinated persons, although their symptoms are usually mild. Face coverings will provide added protection until everyone is able to be vaccinated, especially children,” Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel said. 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.


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