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Santa Barbara County Approved to Move Further Ahead in Stage 2 of California Resilience Roadmap

Health Officer Order Issued to Align with Reopening of Dine-In Restaurants and Destination Retail Beginning Today

Post Date:05/21/2020 2:08 PM

Santa Barbara County’s Attestation and Reopening Plan has been approved by the State of California. The County of Santa Barbara will begin moving further into stage 2 of the reopening process. A modified Health Officer Order has been released providing guidance regarding the criteria and procedures with which Santa Barbara County will move forward through the expanded stage 2 of the Governor’s 4-Stage Process.

The lower risk workplaces which are permitted to reopen safely while adhering to social distancing guidelines provided by the Governor and the Santa Barbara County Health Officer include:

  • Destination retail, including but not limited to clothing stores and shoe stores
  • Dine-in restaurants (other facility amenities, like bars or gaming areas, are not permitted)
  • Campground and RV Parks

“This is an exciting next step for our entire community and we are thankful for the diligent cooperation of residents. As local businesses work through reopening we encourage them to adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines while educating both staff and customers of new practices,” shared Van Do-Reynoso, Director for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

The State has provided Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants,  Checklist for Dine-In Restaurants, and Guidance for Retail that can be useful in the planning process. These documents help businesses understand how to adapt procedures and practices for this next stage of reopening.

For the full Health Officer Order, please visit:

The Health Officer Order went into effect today, May 21, 2020 at 9 a.m.

For general questions about stage 2 reopening and general COVID-19 information, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551.

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Face Coverings are Required for Employees and Patrons at Businesses in Goleta

As a reminder, the City of Goleta has a resolution requiring both employees and patrons at all essential businesses, and any other businesses that are allowed to be reopened in the City of Goleta, to wear face coverings. Face coverings include any fabric coverings, such as cloth masks, scarves and bandanas that cover the nose and mouth. This resolution is effective immediately.

City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “Wearing a face covering is one of the key steps necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The relatively minor sacrifice is worth it if it saves lives and accelerates our economic recovery.”

The resolution requires essential businesses to prohibit the entry of any person not wearing a face covering and encourages businesses to sell face covers to patrons who do not have one. Workers are required to wash or sanitize their reusable face covering at least once a day and to discard any single use face coverings in a trash receptacle. All essential businesses must provide the face coverings for their workers and ensure access to clean, sanitary restrooms and the necessary cleansing products to observe hand sanitation as recommended and required by Santa Barbara County Health Orders. The City will utilize public education efforts to obtain voluntary compliance. The intent of this resolution is not to be punitive but to serve as a protective measure for workers, patrons, and the larger community. Essential businesses that do not adhere to this resolution after the City has tried to work with them may be subject to immediate business license suspension and mandatory closure for the duration of the resolution.  To learn more about the resolution please go to the full staff report here:

This requirement for a face cover is applicable to all essential businesses and businesses that are allowed to be open in the future. A current list can be found in Public Health Officer Order 2020-8 (, but this is subject to change.

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