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COVID-19 Information for 4-H In-person Activities

Updated March 18, 2021

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program is implementing the more restrictive COVID-19 guidance from the State, San Mateo County, and UC ANR/4-H. At this time, no one (including 4-H volunteers, families and members) is allowed to engage in-person 4-H meetings or programs without approval from San Mateo/San Francisco Counties Cooperative Extension County Director.

Our county is now in the Orange (moderate) tier (refer to Blueprint for a Safer Economy for updates) We will conduct meetings/programs/activities virtually when possible.
All other safety protocols apply (symptom screening, distancing, use of face masks, hygiene/sanitation, etc.) You may hold indoor and outdoor activities and must receive approval by filling out the application listed below.

Occupancy Limits for UC 4-H Activities and Programs

County Tier Status

Indoor*

Outdoor

Widespread (purple)

CLOSED for indoor in-person meetings, programs, or workshops

Allowed - maximum 10 persons (required 2 adult volunteers and up to 8 youth)

Maintain 6 ft. distance between all participants during activity.

Substantial (red)

Conduct meetings/programs/activities virtually when possible. All other safety protocols apply (symptom screening, distancing, use of face masks, hygiene/sanitation, etc.)

Allowed - maximum 16 people (required 2 adult volunteers and up to 14 youth) OR maximum 25% of room capacity**, whichever is lower.

Allowed - maximum 16 people (required 2 adult volunteers and up to 14 youth)

Maintain 6 ft. distance between all participants during activity.

Moderate (orange),
Minimal (yellow)

Conduct meetings/programs/activities virtually when possible. All other safety protocols apply (symptom screening, distancing, use of face masks, hygiene/sanitation, etc.)

Allowed - maximum 16 people (required 2 adult volunteers and up to 14 youth) OR maximum 50% of room capacity**, whichever is lower.

Allowed - maximum 16 people (required 2 adult volunteers and up to 14 youth)

Maintain 6 ft. distance between all participants during activity.

*Indoor meeting places must allow social distancing, at least 6 feet between all participants. If 6 feet of distance cannot be provided, then you must find a new venue OR reduce the number of participants in your activity.

** Capacity = Area of Room / 36sq. ft. per person

4-H volunteers (youth and adult) must read and confirm understanding of the new guidelines, listed below, before holding any in-person meetings. 4-H adult volunteers are required to complete the COVID-19 Phase 2 - Project Leader In-person Activity Clearance Application to receive approval of limited in-person activities.

Mandatory Reading 

Please complete the San Mateo-SF Counties COVID-19 Training Verification Form for 4-H Volunteers to indicate that you have read and understand the mandatory reading.

In addition, the following seven mitigation protocols must be followed for all activities.

  1. Do not attend or participate in any in-person 4-H activities if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms (frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell) or if you or someone you have been in contact with is
    diagnosed with COVID-19. Participants will need to fill out the Health Screening Form. Contact 4-H County Office if you would like an online version (google account required).
  2. Maintain six feet of distance between people at all times. Outdoor meetings may be safer for in-person meetings.
  3. Wear face coverings (cloth or paper masks, cloth bandanas, etc.) at all times during in-person activities.
  4. Maintain sanitary practices – frequently clean and disinfect workspaces and equipment, wash hands often, and use hand sanitizer.
  5. Meetings should be conducted remotely whenever possible. In-person activities must follow occupancy limits and other protective measures as noted, based on a county’s tier assignment on the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
  6. Post 4-H COVID-19 poster at meeting location.
  7. Maintain a 4-H Attendance Log. For county leased farms, a Daily Visitor Log must be posted for members to sign in and out.

NOTE: Any unauthorized in-person activity will not be covered by 4-H insurance and the host(s) will be held responsible for any subsequent outcomes. 

Forms and Links

Approval for in-person activities requirements:

Guidelines:

In-Person Activity Forms:

County of San Mateo COVID-19 Graphics and Images: https://cmo.smcgov.org/covid-19-graphics-and-images-social-media-and-other-uses