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 activities with youth and adults: Face masks required for everyone due to children under the age of 12 not being eligible for the vaccine.

Indoor activities with adults only: Face masks required for unvaccinated adults. Post the signs about facemask requirements (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 members and volunteers 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.

Statewide 4-H Events and Out of State Travel

Through August 31, 2021, the State 4-H Office will not hold any in-person or overnight statewide events. Nor will any out of state travel be granted to attend 4-H sponsored conferences and events which are coordinated, organized, or funded by the State 4-H Office or California 4-H Foundation. Decisions regarding these types of events for the period of September 1 through December 31, 2021 will be announced August 10, 2021.

Overnight events and Camps

Through August 31, 2021, California 4-H will not host any overnight events, including overnight 4-H camps. Resources for planning virtual camps and day camps are on our Camp Resources page.

Decisions for overnight events for the period of September 1 through December 31, 2021 will be announced August 10, 2021.