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Resuming In-Person Activities During COVID-19

Requirements to for Limited In-person Activities

Some in person meetings are resuming using our 5 basic safety protocols: social distancing, face coverings, increase cleanliness and sanitation, symptom screening, and holding virtual meetings when possible. 

The safety protocol training below must be completed by volunteers in order to resume in-person 4-H meetings, programs, or activities.

**Last Update 8/24/2021**

Training Requirements

Adult Volunteers must complete the following:

  1. Read COVID-19 Safety Standards Summary
  2. Read 4-H Safety Protocol Checklist 
  3. Watch 4-H Volunteer In-Person Safety Training
  4. Submit Training Verification: https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=35598 




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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Meeting In-Person During COVID-19

Q: What if someone arrives and is sick? 

A: All attendees must answer "NO" to all of the questions on the Symptom Survey before they are allowed to enter the meeting area. Anyone who answers "YES" to any of the questions must leave the meeting premises immediately.


Q: What if someone refuses to wear a mask? 

A: If someone refuses to wear a mask, remind them this is a statewide public health requirement for the protection of others, as well as a UC ANR program requirement. If they will not comply, ask them to leave until they can comply with this requirement. If this behavior persists, this should be handled like other 4-H policy or code of conduct violation. 


Q: What if someone reports they can't wear a mask for a medical reason? 

A: If a participant (4-H member, volunteer, or parent) tells you that they cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, contact your 4-H staff in the County office to discuss the situation and alternatives. In some cases, a clear plastic face shield may be an appropriate alternative.


Q: What if someone reports they have been diagnosed with COVID-19? 

A: If a volunteer, parent, or 4-H member tells you that they have COVID-19 or believe they were exposed at a 4-H activity, immediately report this information to your local 4-H staff.

The Attendance Log from the event must be submitted to Public Health contact tracing personnel if a participant and/or a member of the participants’ household is diagnosed with COVID-19.