COVID In-person Update

Message from the Director

I am happy to announce that beginning July 1, 2021 the University of California 4-H Youth Development has relaxed some of the guidelines for in-person 4-H activities in accordance with State of California and University of California. The limited resumption of in-person activities will ensure the 4-H program continues to provide safe learning environments to protect youth and adults, while at the same time allowing for increased engagement and opportunities to build relationships and engage our communities.

I'm so very proud of how the California 4-H Youth Development Program conducted themselves and managed these very challenging 18-months. I greatly appreciate the leadership and dedication of our 4-H professionals and volunteers in successfully creating new opportunities to keep members engaged and thank all the members and families for your on-going interest and participation in the program.

Lynn Schmitt-McQuitty
Statewide 4-H Director
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
4-H Youth Development Program

Display the following poster in your 4-H meeting sites. Please click image to download.

4-H meeting guidance poster, updated 06-30-21
4-H meeting guidance poster, updated 06-30-21

Basic Safety Standards for Meeting In-person

These safety standards must be followed for all in-person 4-H activities.


Do not participate in any in-person 4-H activities if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms or if you or someone you have been in contact with has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Face Mask Use

Outdoor activities with youth and adults: No face masks required.

Indoor face mask guidelines

Activities with youth and adults — Everyone must wear a face mask.

Everyone must wear a face mask — In counties with substantial or high transmission of COVID-19 according to the CDC COVID data tracker and in counties with a state or local Public Health Order.

Persons who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 must wear a face mask while participating in 4-H activities indoors.

Please post the face mask signage appropriate for your location (PDF-3 pages)


Indoor Physical Distancing

Wearing a mask and maintaining a minimum of 3 feet between participants is required for indoor activities.

Maintain 6 feet of distancing during times when people are not masked due to eating or drinking.

Maintain hygiene practices

After each use, clean and disinfect workspaces and equipment, wash hands often, and/or use hand sanitizer.

Overnight 4-H Events and Out of State Travel

Updated August 23, 2021

Due to the continued cases of COVID-19, the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program will continue the following practices through December 31, 2021:

Overnight California 4-H Events

No 4-H funded, sponsored, or hosted overnight conferences, events, or activities will be allowed. This includes the 2022 Youth Summits.

Out of State Travel

No travel to 4-H funded, sponsored, or hosted conferences, events, or activities outside the state of California will be allowed.


These guidelines will be reviewed and updated for 2022 in December, 2021.