Coronavirus Updates

Most Recent Updates

MARCH 30, 2020 – Chamber of Commerce & City of Scotts Valley provide comprehensive list of all open essential businesses updated daily.

March 30, 2020 – SBDC has resources related to COVID-19 to help navigate through the chaos COVID-19 is having on our communities. Please reach out to your SBDC center if you have questions regarding how your business can maximize the available help.

MARCH 24, 2020 – Scotts Valley City Council halted coronavirus-related evictions in passing an emergency residential and commercial eviction moratorium. This ordinance is effective immediately through May 31st, 2020. The tenant will have 120 days after the end of this ordinance to repay in full any rents not payed in April and May. Under these temporary measures, tenants cannot be removed due to non-payment of rent when the inability to pay rent is caused by: income or business losses or substantial medical expenses (related to the COVID-19 pandemic). “We hope to protect safety, welfare and public health by reducing further economic destabilization, loss of housing, businesses and jobs opportunities in Scotts Valley from COVID-19”. Here is the full list of covid-19 related circumstances

MARCH 24, 2020 – CA State Parks, Effective immediately, State Parks has temporarily closed vehicular traffic to parks experiencing high visitation. For those wishing to take a break in the outdoors, public health officials are advising them to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and walk to parks. Click here to view the list of the impacted parks.

MARCH 24, 2020
Due to extraordinary impacts to residents and businesses from the COVID-19 pandemic and in alignment with communities throughout California, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously passed a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions. Press Release Here.

MARCH 22, 2020 – The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. Stay informed and stay home thru April 7th. City of Scotts Valley

City of Scotts Valley Operations

With the order to stop non-essential government and business operations, Scotts Valley has shifted to provide only essential services. Police and dispatch service will operate as normal, so will our Wastewater Treatment Plant and maintenance response crews. Essential building inspections and permitting will occur by appointment. The Senior and Community Centers and Recreation programs are closed. All outdoor parks and open space remain open, including playgrounds and bathrooms, with enhanced cleaning schedules.   The City will work with our businesses regarding the Public Health Order to cease non-essential business operations. Our approach is education and voluntary compliance . We know that this Order appeared quickly and businesses are grappling with adjusting operations. If the City receives complaints of a business improperly operating, we will make contact with owners/managers to explain the order and seek voluntary compliance. 

We understand the tremendous impacts this Order will have on our business community and the City will work with the Chamber to support business during and after this Order period. The City is grateful for part you are playing to contain this public health threat. For more information: County Public Health website

City of Scotts Valley COVID-19 webpage:

New Public Health Call Center

Santa Cruz County has launched a new public health call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. Call (831) 454-4242 Monday through Friday 8 AM – 6 PM.

Shelter in Place Order

On March 16, 2020, Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel issued a shelter in place order.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, residents are hereby ordered to shelter in place and limit public activities to essential services. The order is intended to help restrict the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

For the latest news on COVID-19, text “covid19” to 211211. This service has been set up by the Santa Cruz County Public Health Service and the United Way.

Business Resources & Guidance

Small Business Development Center

The SBDC (Small Business Development Center) has expert business consultants available to provide free, individualized and confidential one-on-one advising to help you develop a strategy to plan and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBDC is also available to help you understand the financial resources available and prepare applications for funding.You can email them directly at

Employment Development Department

EDD Employment Development Department is providing programs that are available and what situations may be applicable to your circumstances. We encourage you to apply for the program you believe best fits your needs and the EDD will determine your eligibility for benefits such as Disability or Paid Family Leave Benefits, Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Employer Information

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