In the CERT program, we strive to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. In that spirit, it is incumbent upon the CERT leadership to keep our volunteer community safe. Concerning COVID-19, the CERT Auxiliary aligns itself with the Santa Cruz County Department of Health, and California Department of Public Health and their policies.
Santa Cruz County lifted universal mask requirements for most indoor public settings Wednesday, February 16, 2022. Effective March 1, 2022, the requirement that unvaccinated individuals mask in indoor public settings moved to a strong recommendation that all persons, regardless of vaccine status, continue indoor masking.
Therefore, prior to attending any CERT program (in-person training, meetings, exercises, activation, etc.) all persons wishing to attend must be vaccinated and show proof of vaccine status. Indoor activities with fully vaccinated CERT members will NOT need to be masked. Masking is now optional for fully vaccinated CERT members. Proof of vaccination need only be documented once as Yes or No. This information is then kept in a secure file with limited access. We strongly encourage people to wear a mask (surgical or better) when in close-quarter activities.
These requirements do not fall under HIPAA regulations as CERT Auxiliary is not a healthcare or a covered entity per definitions in the 1996 HIPAA law.
Updated March 4, 2022