Editor’s note: Amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Santa Cruz County, the Good Times team is gathering resources to help our community navigate this evolving situation. We’re proud of the action being taken by our readers and our leaders who are doing what’s best for public health. We’re continuing to cover the latest on the coronavirus and its impacts locally.
This is a time when local businesses and community groups need our support more than ever. We’re writing about interesting local musicians, important music and film releases, and all kinds of other things you can check out while sheltering-in-place. Below, we’re also compiling resources to help you find information about the outbreak and action you can take now in the community, from finding business assistance to learning about ways to support the arts or volunteer with nonprofit groups helping those in need.
Write to us at [email protected] to let us know what else we should share here. We’re all in this together.
The county and state ordered non-essential businesses to close in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The county has an explainer on what qualifies as an essential business.
Find Business Assistance
- The Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce has a resource kit for businesses with tips about preventing workplace exposure, financial resources, and more: santacruzchamber.org/covid-19.html
- The City of Santa Cruz has information for impacted businesses, including details on disaster loans: choosesantacruz.com/information-for-businesses-in-response-to-covid-19
- Disaster assistance is available to all California small businesses that are economically impacted by the coronavirus: oesnews.com/sba-amends-disaster-declaration/
Find Open Businesses
- Find information about downtown Santa Cruz businesses that have online stores, offer pickup or delivery, and sell gift cards online: downtownsantacruz.com/shoponline
- Businesses that are open for delivery, takeout and online orders are being added to a list here, too: whatsopensantacruz.com
Arts and Entertainment
Arts venues like DNA’s Comedy Lab are exploring creative ways of remaining financially sustainable while they are temporarily closed. We will add to the list here as more information becomes available about ways to support local arts and entertainment:
- Bookshop Santa Cruz: Offering curbside pickup and online ordering: bookshopsantacruz.com/bookshops-response-covid-19
- DNA’s Comedy Lab: To donate, go to fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/dna-s-comedy-lab.
- Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History: Offering ways to engage online: santacruzmah.org/blog
- Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History: Offering a virtual “The Museum at Your Side” experience: santacruzmuseum.org
- Santa Cruz Symphony: Established a Musician Relief Fund to support musicians affected by the lack of work during the coronavirus outbreak: santacruzsymphony.org/musician-relief-fund
Food and Drink
Many local restaurants are now offering curbside takeout options. Others are encouraging patrons to buy gift cards to help provide cash flow until restaurants are allowed to reopen their doors.
Check with your favorite places about their options. There’s a list of downtown Santa Cruz restaurants offering takeout and delivery here.
We will also add to the list here from places throughout the county as more information becomes available:
- Alderwood: Offering pickup and delivery. Menu and ordering info: alderwoodsantacruz.com
- Alfaro Family Vineyards: Offering curbside pickup Saturdays 1-3pm, discounts on purchases over $250 and reduced shipping prices: alfarowine.com
- Back Nine: Offering delivery via DoorDash. Menu and ordering info: backninegrill.com
- Bad Animal: Offering pickup: badanimalbooks.com/shop
- Bargetto Winery: Offering curbside pickup daily 12-5pm, free shipping on 6 or more bottles: bargetto.com
- Birichino Winery Tasting Room: Posting updates to their Facebook and Twitter about times for pickup: birichino.com
- Bittersweet Bistro: Open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-7pm, for takeout orders, or delivery to the greater Aptos area on orders over $100: bittersweetbistro.com.
- The Buttery: Offering takeout, or delivery via DoorDash. Menu and ordering info: butterybakery.com/
- Cafe Sparrow: Offering pickup 11:30am-7:30pm daily. Menu and ordering info: cafesparrow.com/pickup-delivery
- Cat and Cloud Coffee: Locations open in Aptos, Eastside and Westside with social distancing in effect: catandcloud.com/pages/locations-social-distancing-in-effect
- Charlie Hong Kong: Offering takeout and delivery noon-9pm daily. Menu and ordering info: charliehongkong.com
- Costanoa: Offering meal and supplies deliveries: costanoa.com
- El Palomar: Offering takeout food and drinks. Menu and ordering info: facebook.com/ElPalomarRestaurant
- Engfer Pizza Works: Offering takeout Tuesday-Sunday, 4-9:30pm. Menu and ordering info: engferpizzaworks.com
- Gabriella Cafe: Offering takeout and delivery: gabriellacafe.com/
- Home: Offering pickup Tuesday-Sunday, 4-7pm. Menu and ordering info: homesoquel.com/
- India Joze: Offering pickup Tuesday-Saturday, 5-8pm. Menu and ordering info: indiajoze.com/order/eat/
- Laili: Offering takeout and delivery, 11:30am-8pm daily. Menu and ordering info: lailirestaurant.com/
- La Posta: Offering pickup Tuesday-Saturday, 4-8pm. Menu and ordering info: lapostarestaurant.com
- Mentone: Offering pickup: mentonerestaurant.com/
- Parish Publick House: Offering takeout food and drinks from Westside Santa Cruz and Aptos locations: theparishpublick.com
- Persephone: Offering takeout. Menu and ordering info: persephonerestaurant.com
- Pizza My Heart: Offering takeout and delivery: pizzamyheart.com
- Ristorante Italiano: Call 458-2321 to place an order, or order online through DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Doorbell Dinning.
- Silver Mountain Vineyards: Offering pickup Saturdays 12-3pm at the Santa Cruz and winery tasting rooms with case specials available: silvermtn.com
- Soif: Offering pickup for food and wine Monday-Friday, 3-7pm. Menu and ordering info: soifwine.com/news
- Solaire at Hotel Paradox: Offering pickup 4-9pm daily. Call 600-4545 for more info.
- Soquel Vineyards: Offering curbside pickup for advanced orders Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm. Order Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm via phone or email: soquelvineyards.com
- Stockwell Cellars: Offering curbside pickup daily 3-7pm, with case specials available: stockwellcellars.com
- Sushi Garden: Offering takeout from all locations: sushi-garden.com
- Woodstock Pizza: Offering pickup and delivery: woodstockscruz.com
Health and fitness
- The Luma yoga center has suspended in-person classes and is offering an online schedule: lumayoga.com/schedule/. Anyone looking to support the center can provide a one-time contribution or become a sustaining member.
- Toadal Fitness: Offering online classes for members: toadalfitness.com/covid19-updates
Community groups and nonprofits
Local groups that help those in need even when our community is not grappling with a public health emergency are feeling the strain of trying to continue their services amid all of the upheavals.
Many groups are seeking volunteers or looking to get the word out about services they are providing to those in need. We will add to the list here as more information becomes available about ways to pitch in:
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County created a COVID-19 Local Response Fund with a focus on assisting residents facing financial hardships caused by the public health emergency. The fund will provide financial support for groups in Santa Cruz County that serve vulnerable populations amid the COVID-19 response.
Tax-deductible donations can be made at cfscc.org/donate/COVID. Donations will be accepted as long as the need continues. Contact the Community Foundation at 662-2061 or [email protected] for help making a donation.
Community Bridges expanded its Lift Line services to all Santa Cruz County seniors over the age of 60 and people with disabilities, regardless of income. The program provides free transportation for grocery store trips and essential medical appointments. To schedule, call Lift Line at 688-9663, Monday-Friday 8am-4pm or Saturday-Sunday 8am-3:30pm. If possible, call one or two days in advance.
Meals on Wheels
All Santa Cruz County seniors over age 65 are eligible to receive home-delivered meals through Meals on Wheels, regardless of income level. A suggested donation of $2.50 per meal is requested, but no senior will be denied if they can’t pay. Those looking to receive home meal deliveries can download an application at communitybridges.org/mealsonwheels and email completed applications to [email protected]
Grey Bears closed some of its services like its thrift store and computer repair shop to focus on healthy food deliveries for seniors. They are being affected by the hoarding of food and emptying of grocery store shelves. To get as many supplies as possible, Grey Bears is working directly with growers. Additionally, staff sent home all volunteers who over the age of 65, so the nonprofit needs more help.
Those able to volunteer can contact Grace Mora at [email protected] or 479-1055 at extension 241.
Volunteers created a hub of information to help with technical support for students who are learning at home and residents who are working from home. They are offering support with networking or technical issues, and they are looking for people willing to help provide this kind of assistance. To learn more, visit cruz.one.
Santa Cruz County has a shelter-in-place order directing residents to only leave their house for essential activities such as trips to the grocery store, bank, gas station, hardware store, and pharmacy. The order is in effect through April 7, though it could be extended. Read the full order.
Gov. Newsom issued a statewide shelter-in-place order on March 19, similar to one that was already in effect in Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas. The statewide order is in effect until further notice.
- Learn more about what is and isn’t allowed during the shelter-in-place period. The county has also issued an explainer about shelter-in-place.
- Santa Cruz County provides regular updates on the coronavirus, including the latest tally of confirmed cases: santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus
- You can also call 211, or text “coronavirus” to 211211, for more county info.
- Santa Cruz County officials set up a call center to help direct residents’ questions about the coronavirus outbreak. You can call 454-4242 from 8am-6pm, Monday-Friday. Residents will be directed to the appropriate resources when calling that number.
- Citing “overwhelming call volume,” the county is asking people to refrain from calling the County’s Public Health Division or Communicable Disease Unit.
- See what county services are available: co.santa-cruz.ca.us/Countyupdate.aspx
- City of Capitola updates: cityofcapitola.org/cityadministration/page/coronavirus-updates
- City of Santa Cruz updates: cityofsantacruz.com/community/city-newsroom/response-to-covid-19
- City of Scotts Valley updates: scottsvalley.org/covid19
- City of Watsonville updates: cityofwatsonville.org/1915/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19
- Statewide information: cdph.ca.gov/covid19.
- Federal information: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
- The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is providing regular updates with resources for teachers, parents, students, administrators and support staff: santacruzcoe.org/superintendent/health-and-wellness/coronavirus/
- Santa Cruz METRO is making changes to its schedule effective March 23. All service will run on the Saturday-Sunday schedule until further notice. For full schedule and timetable information, visit scmtd.com.
The new coronavirus, or COVID-19, presents a serious risk for some groups, particularly people over 60 years old and people with certain pre-existing medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and lung diseases.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to the flu, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The symptoms can take two to 14 days to appear after exposure. People showing symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their health care provider, especially if they have traveled to areas with an outbreak of the disease or had contact with a person known to have COVID-19.
Santa Cruz County public health officials urge community members to take precautions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Health recommendations include:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, rubbing for at least 20 seconds
- Use at least 60% alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand, or use a tissue and discard
- Avoid shaking hands
- Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands
- Regularly clean surfaces touched by many people using normal household cleaners
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick
- Get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from flu, which has similar symptoms to COVID-19
- Call your health care provider if you experience symptoms of COVID-19