Mark your calendars: Boardwalk to host open-air market, tease reopening plan reveal
The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and will feature about 30 local artisans selling jewelry, art, gifts, health and beauty products, and more.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is hosting an open-air market later this month, a move that comes as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease countywide.
The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and will feature about 30 local artisans selling jewelry, art, gifts, health and beauty products, and more. To see a list of vendors, click here.
Rides, indoor arcades and miniature golf will not be open during the market. Masks and other health protocols will be enforced, the Boardwalk said.
Parts of the boardwalk have been closed for months as surging COVID-19 case rates put the county in purple and red tier restrictions on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Tuesday, Santa Cruz County finally achieved the thresholds for the less restrictive orange tier, in which amusement parks will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity. However, in order for the county to move to the orange tier, improving trends must hold steady for two more weeks, Santa Cruz County Health Officer Gail Newel told Lookout Tuesday.
In the orange tier, amusement parks can open outdoor attractions at 25% capacity but only for in-county visitors.
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Earlier this month, the boardwalk wrote on its website: “We are excited by the State’s announcement that amusement parks in California will be allowed to reopen beginning April 1. We are currently reviewing the new guidelines and preparing to reopen our rides and attractions in a manner that is safe for our guests and employees. We look forward to announcing a reopening date for rides and attractions soon.”