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Health Officer Order Issued to Close Bars in SB County

Update on COVID-19 Cases in the County

Post Date:06/29/2020 7:23 PM

Below are two important messages from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (

Health Officer Order Issued to Close Bars in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a health officer order mandating the closure of local bars at the recommendation of the California Department of Public Health. This guidance is effective at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. This Order will continue until 5 p.m. on July 26, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

The following guidelines must be followed:

  • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, should close unless they are offering sit-down, dine-in meals. Alcohol may only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
  • Dine-in restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that provide sit-down meals should follow the dine-in restaurant guidance and should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible.
  • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that do not provide sit-down meals, but wish to operate under this Order must obtain an Emergency Food Permit.

Wineries and tasting rooms may remain open at this time. Additional guidance and the full health officer order can be found here.

“We have made the decision to close bars to be in compliance with State guidance, especially since our case count continues to rise day by day. This action, particularly in anticipation of the holiday weekend, is a proactive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 locally,” said Dr. Henning Ansorg. “We have to keep each other safe during this time. Changing our habits by making physical distancing and wearing a face covering part of our daily routines will save lives.”

This health officer order is closing bars due to the findings that physical movement of people within bars, the duration of time spent in the establishment, and the degree of social mixing within individuals and groups are all greater in these settings.

More information about the COVID-19 response locally, visit or call the County Call Center at 1(833) – 688 – 5551.

Santa Barbara County Reports One Additional Death of a Person with COVID-19

Ninety-six Confirmed Cases Reported Today

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the twenty-ninth death of a resident who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual resided in the City of Santa Maria and was over 70 years of age. As of today, there are 2,896 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, 993 cases are at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, 1,903 are community cases, and 2,292 have fully recovered. PHD is reporting 34 new cases for Saturday, June 27, 54 new cases for Sunday June 28, and 96 new cases for Monday June 29, respectively.

“As we share this information with you, we know there are people across our community who have suffered tremendous loss. We offer our condolences to those mourning the passing of a loved one. Physical distancing and wearing face coverings to slow the spread of this virus and prevent future deaths are so important and are actions all of us can take every day. Each one of us has the power to protect those around us. I hope we all understand how powerful that can be.” said Van Do-Reynoso, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director.

Although most cases of COVID-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, PHD recommends additional measures to prevent exposure among vulnerable people, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, immunodeficiency, asthma, COPD and others). PHD recommends that residents:

  • Stay home when possible.
  • Remain six feet away from others and wear a facial covering when engaging in tasks away from home.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go to work or other places.

All local employers and business owners are urged to adhere closely to sector health and safety guidelines. Ensuring a safe environment for both employees and customers is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and assuring that businesses remain safely open during this time. 

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551. 

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County Call Center: (833) 688-5551
Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373
Community Wellness Team Information and Referral Line: (805) 364-2750
Behavioral Wellness Crisis Line: (888) 868-1649

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