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Stay Safe This Holiday Weekend

As we continue to be a resource for safe and responsible travel to Santa Cruz County, Visit Santa Cruz County wants to share some important updates, restrictions, and best practices for this holiday weekend. We ask that visitors and locals alike respect the health and safety of the community and to keep some important information top of mind as our region begins to restart the summer season.


Face coverings are required in Santa Cruz County in all businesses including retail stores, restaurants, visitor centers, drive-thrus, and in public areas where social distancing cannot be kept. Please note that face coverings are also required when paying for parking fees at state parks (those who are open) and the Santa Cruz Wharf. And as of mid-June, California has adopted a statewide mandate on the use of face covering. Will you take our Safety Pledge to protect others and yourself by wearing your mask and social distancing?

Social Distancing is required in public areas and within businesses with those not from your household. In stores and public areas, 6 feet social distancing signage may be found to guide in these efforts.


California State Parks is temporarily closing vehicle access to all state beaches in Santa Cruz County to reduce the density of visitors over the Fourth of July weekend. The parking closure remains in effect from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5. The beaches will be open to walk-in visitors only, but please remember to practice social distancing, wear a mask in public areas and when physical distancing cannot be kept, pack your trash, and be respectful of others enjoying the beauty of Santa Cruz County.

Safety must remain the top priority for the Santa Cruz County community and its visitors. Please pass on a beach day if the beach looks too crowded to maintain physical distancing. Stay safe and please enjoy the beauty of the Santa Cruz County coast responsibly.


The City of Santa Cruz is implementing a Safety Enhancement Zone from 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020. During this time, fine penalties will triple for violations such as: fireworks possession, possession of open containers or consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places, graffiti, noise violations, littering, trespassing, and misconduct on public property.

Santa Cruz Police and Fire Department would like to remind residents and visitors that possessing, discharging, or selling of all fireworks, including those marked “Safe and Sane,” is illegal in the City of Santa Cruz.

If residents or visitors witness the discharge of illegal fireworks, the Santa Cruz Police encourages them to call the non-emergency line (831) 471-1131 to report the incident. Patrol teams will be busy, but will respond to complaints of illegal fireworks. The City relies on its partnership with the community to keep us all safe this 4th of July.


All public fireworks displays have been cancelled for the Fourth of July holiday, and personal fireworks are not permitted within Santa Cruz County – including those marked “Safe and Sane.”


Visit our website for the latest information on lodging, retail, and restaurant businesses that are open, plus their enhanced safety procedures. We ask that anyone visiting Santa Cruz County, respect our local health ordinances, pack your trash, and help keep our community safe! #LetsCruzAgain – safely!

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