Santa Cruz County officials are urging the public to avoid crowding the county’s beaches in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
With shelter-in-place orders in place throughout California, non-essential workers are staying home, schools and universities are switching to online classes and some students are entering their customary spring breaks. While outdoor exercise is encouraged in keeping with social distancing guidelines, large gatherings are a violation of local and state orders meant to protect the health and safety of all Californians.
“Santa Cruz County is a popular destination for college students during this time of year,” Sheriff Jim Hart said. “However, the County is asking everyone to adjust their routines in order to protect everyone’s health including their own, as well as the operations of our critical health care infrastructure.”
Violations of health officer’s orders are a misdemeanor subject to citation and even arrest. However, the County is seeking voluntary compliance in order to protect public safety resources.
With more State Parks than any other county and 32 miles of beaches, Santa Cruz County offers plenty of outdoor opportunities to maintain health and well-being in compliance with social distancing guidelines.
Santa Cruz County as of Monday morning has 23 confirmed coronavirus cases.