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Food Facilities and Food Handling



The Santa Cruz County Health Officer issued a new Order requiring use of face coverings indoors by all persons.

Regardless of vaccination status, all persons must wear face coverings at all times when indoors except:

i. in their own residence or working in a closed room or office alone or with members of their household;

ii. when they are actively performing an activity that cannot be done while wearing a face covering (e.g., actively eating or drinking, swimming or showering in a fitness facility, or obtaining a medical or cosmetic service requiring removal of a face covering); or

iii. as specifically exempted from use of face coverings under the guidance of CDPH at (e.g., to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired or where a face covering poses a safety risk).

For additional Santa Cruz County COVID-19 information see the link below:

Restaurant Inspections

California Food Regulation(s)

Laws and Regulations

California Food Handler Card and Food Safety Certificate

Communicable Disease Procedures


Host Facilities and Catering Operations

Restaurants and Food Establishments

Food Facility Evaluation

Plan Review

Food Establishment Permitting

Home-Based Operations

**Currently limited to Cottage Food Registrations

Mobile Food Facilities(Catering Trucks/ Trailers), Ice Cream Trucks & Produce Trucks)

Catering Trucks/ Trailers

Step 1-Structural Review

Step 2- Health Permit Application

Mobile Food Facility Permit Inactivation

Ice Cream, Produce Trucks and Prepackaged Food Vehicles
Carts (Pre-packaged and Limited Food Preparation)

Organized Community Events

Educational and Reference Materials