To receive email and/or text updates from the City on COVID-19, click here, or text GOLETA COVID-19 to 468311.
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is holding press conferences on COVID-19 Mondays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. on Channel 20 and YouTube at "CSBTV 20." The Tuesday update will be presented at the Board of Supervisors meeting at 9:00 a.m., also available on Channel 20 and YouTube at "CSBTV 20."
Please visit Santa Barbara County's https://readysbc.org/ for information on recovery, re-opening your business and more.
|The City of Goleta announced a Goleta to Go campaign to rally support for our local restaurants who need us now more than ever during this COVID-19 crisis and Stay at Home order. Goleta to Go is a reminder to support our restaurants by ordering take out or delivery. Learn more below.||The City of Goleta launched its #GoodLandGoodPeople Photo Campaign to uplift spirits and promote positive images to the community - learn more below.|
Updated June 3, 2020
Goleta City Council Approves Outdoor Restaurant Dining Program
Goleta Councilmembers voted to suspend zoning and development permit requirements for open-air spaces and parking lots on private property and adopt an emergency expanded restaurant dining and other uses program. The Goleta City Council approved a resolution to help restaurants and other specified uses expand their outdoor dining and use areas to serve more customers. With the physical distancing guidelines in effect from Public Health, restaurants are in need of additional space to serve customers now that they are allowed to reopen under Stage 2 of the State’s reopening plan and County RISE Guide. Other specified uses that would be allowed to expand outdoors include retail sales, fitness and yoga classes, and faith-organizations.
Read the full staff report here: https://tinyurl.com/y85drrnp.
View's the City's list of COVID-19 Resources for the Goleta Community.
Santa Barbara County is taking steps to reopening society and our economy within the framework of Governor Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap. To support implementation of the roadmap for phased reopening, a localized supplemental guide has been produced.
The Santa Barbara County RISE Guide, or Reopening In Safe Environment, was developed by medical experts and supported by feedback from all sectors of the community to create a science-based framework for residents, businesses and organizations by which to reopen in a phased manner, while prioritizing public health and protecting our most vulnerable populations.
The RISE Guide outlines the steps for reopening that can be safely taken in our community, balanced with the importance of resuming individual and economic activities as the COVID-19 epidemic evolves. The reopening approach is broken down into four phases, each with public health criteria for moving to and from phases:
- Stage 1: Safety & Preparedness
- Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces
- Stage 3: Higher Risk Workplaces
- Stage 4: End of Stay-at-Home Order
The RISE Guide is available at https://recoverysbc.org/the-rise-guide/.
Stay Well at Home Orders
- May 26: Local Guidance Provided for Barbershops, Hair Salons, Places of Worship, and More in Santa Barbara County - read more here.
- May 22: Temporary Requirement to Use Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - read more here.
Health Officer Order
The County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D. has issued Health Officer Order No. 2020-10. This Order will be effective starting 5:00 p.m. (PDT) May 26, 2020, continuing until 5:00 p.m. (PDT), on June 30, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County of Santa Barbara Health Officer (“Health Officer”). The intent of this Order is to temporarily require the use of Face Coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. Read the full order here.
To clarify essential businesses within the County of Santa Barbara, the County Health Officer Henning Ansorg, M.D. has issued Health Officer Order No. 2020-8.1. This Order will be effective starting 5:00 p.m. (PDT) Friday May 8, 2020 and continuing until 5:00 p.m. (PDT), on May 31, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County of Santa Barbara Health Officer (“Health Officer”). Read a summary of the order here.
June 2: Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Reopening Metrics Dashboard
On May 20, 2020 Santa Barbara County’s Attestation and Reopening Plan was approved by the State of California. The Attestation included the County’s ability to reopen while keeping COVID-19 cases low enough to be swiftly contained. Today, Santa Barbara County Public Health is releasing a dashboard to the public that keeps track of the metrics that Santa Barbara County agreed to maintain in order to stay open and to continue to reopen in the coming weeks. Read more here.
May 21: Santa Barbara County Approved to Move Further Ahead in Stage 2 of California Resilience Roadmap
*Additional information: On May 26, the County suspended zoning regulations and permit restrictions on wineries and wine tasting rooms seving food. Click here to learn more.
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
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: https://publichealthsbc.org/health-officer-orders/.
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.
May 8: Santa Barbara County to Begin Re-Opening of Low-Risk Businesses for Curbside Pick-Up in Line with Governor's COVID-19 Phase Two Reopening RoadmapSanta Barbara County will begin the reopening of specified, low-risk businesses on Friday, May 8, 2020. Information provided in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-60-20 provides guidance regarding the criteria and procedures with which Santa Barbara County is moving through Stage 2 of the Governor’s 4-Stage Process.
A limited number of businesses will be able to reopen on May 8, 2020 with appropriate safeguards in place. Businesses permitted to reopen for curbside pick up with safeguards include:
- Antique Stores
- Book Stores
- Clothing Stores
- Home and Furnishing Stores
- Jewelry Stores
- Music Stores
- Shoe Stores
- Sporting Goods Stores
- Toy Stores
These businesses will be open for curbside pick-up only and must also maintain physical distancing protocols for staff and customers. Supply chains supporting the above businesses, in manufacturing and logistical sectors may also reopen while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines.
The County is also republishing the Social Distancing Protocol to provide guidance and resources for businesses falling in this Phase 2 Category. Low-risk businesses will be able to reopen safely while adhering to physical distancing guidelines provided by the Governor and the Santa Barbara County Health Officer.
Please visit Santa Barbara County’s coronavirus web page for other COVID-19 resources and updates at https://publichealthsbc.org/.
For general questions about COVID-19 and guidance currently recommended by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551.
City Services Update
The City held its first virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 7. Virtual Council meetings will be the format during the COVID-19 crisis. The public can watch the meetings live and participate via phone or email. Learn more here.
In response to trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, City Hall has taken significant measures which continue to evolve as the situation changes. City Hall Reception Office and Planning and Building Counters are CLOSED to visitors. In addition, all non-essential meetings, including Board and Commission meetings, have been cancelled until further notice. The Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries are also CLOSED. The due date for all books has been extended to May 4, and there will be no overdue fees during this time period. There are a number of digital options available for library patrons, learn more here. In addition, access to play structures and exercise equipment in all City parks, beaches and open space is prohibited. The skatepark at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park at 170 S. Kellogg Avenue is closed as well; in addition the City has closed basketball and volleyball courts, and group picnic areas to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While we know this is a hardship on our community, the City is doing its part to comply with the Governor’s Order and to limit exposure of the novel coronavirus on hard surfaces. Please scroll down to City Services (below) for more information on all City departments and more.
As of 5:00 p.m. on May 7, tennis and pickleball courts have reopened at Evergreen Park, Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, Berkeley Park, and Stow Canyon Open Space. Residents must comply with these regulations which follow the Santa Barbara County Public Health Order in order for the courts to remain open.
Previous Action Taken by the City of Goleta
Goleta City Council took emergency action at the March 17, 2020, Council meeting to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery; bars, theaters, bowling alley, etc... are ordered to close; access to play structures prohibited; moratorium on evictions issued. Read the full press release here. To view the resolution approved at the March 17, 2020, Council meeting, click here (Resolution 20-18: A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Goleta, California, Confirming the Existence of a Local Emergency with Attendant Orders).
On March 14, City Manager Michelle Greene proclaimed a local emergency and it was ratified by the Goleta City Council on March 17. The proclamation will enhance the City’s ability to access federal and state dollars for COVID-19 response.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Latest News
As of June 2, Santa Barbara County Public Health confirmed 1,697 COVID-19 cases in the County. There have been 14 deaths. For the latest information visit the SBC Public Health information portal here: https://publichealthsbc.org/. Scroll down to the section Previous City Emails for more information from Public Health.
As part of a state initiative to expand COVID-19 testing, a number of three testing sites have opened in Santa Barbara County. Residents can visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call 888-634-1123 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. to make an appointment to be screened and subsequently tested. Learn more here.
Face Coverings Required at Essential Businesses
At the May 5 City Council meeting, council unanimously approved Resolution No. 20-30 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: https://tinyurl.com/y7jyq6fm.
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 (https://tinyurl.com/ydcjq6tn), but this is subject to change.
City of Goleta enters into Safe Parking Agreements with New Beginnings Counseling Center for Parking at Goleta Community Center and Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park
On April 29, 2020, the Director of Emergency Services issued Emergency Order No. 20-03 to allow for the entering into safe parking agreements with New Beginnings Counseling Center for parking at Goleta Community Center and Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park. The Emergency Order provides temporary parking at the Community Center and Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park allowing people living in their recreational or standard vehicles to comply with State and local orders to shelter in place and slow the spread of COVID-19.
The emergency order provides The Safe Parking Program with up to three (3) RV spaces and fifteen (15) standard vehicle spaces between the two facility parking lots during both day and nighttime hours.
The Order will expire at the end of the shelter-in-place orders issued by Governor Newsom and the rescission of the City’s local emergency, whichever occurs last in time.
City of Goleta Implements Construction Safety Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
On April 24, 2020, the Director of Emergency Services issued Emergency Order No. 20-02 implementing construction safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The order includes measures requiring safe practices at construction sites such as (1) handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer at entrances to construction projects (2) shared tools and equipment shall be regularly sanitized (3) signage shall be posted at entrances to construction projects or common areas where work is occurring instructing workers of social distancing and sanitation requirements (4) face coverings shall be worn by all persons present at the construction site (5) workers shall not gather in groups larger than three during breaks and shall maintain a six-foot distance (6) high risk areas shall be identified and controlled so social distancing is maintained (7) interactions when picking up or delivering equipment or materials shall be minimized to allow social distancing.
Failure to abide by the requirements may result in an issuance of a stop word order by the Building Official for unsafe and dangerous practices or any other legal remedy available by law.
The order will terminate at the conclusion of the local emergency or upon the order to terminate by City Manager/Director of Emergency Services or City Council.
City of Goleta Resolution Adding Penalties for Violations of Eviction Orders
On April 7, 2020, the City Council adopted a resolution amending Resolution No. 20-18 to add increase the administrative penalties for violations of the temporary moratoria on residential and commercial evictions. The penalties for a violation of the eviction orders include, an administrative citation pursuant to Goleta Municipal Code Chapter 1.02 Section 1.02.080. The amount of fine for a violation shall be $5,000 per occurrence for the first violation; $7,500 per occurrence for the second violation; and $10,000 per occurrence for third violation or subsequent violations committed within one year of the first violation.
Read: Resolution No. 20-20, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Goleta, California, Amending Resolution No. 20-18 to Add Penalties for Violations of Eviction Orders.
City of Goleta Deferment of Transient Occupancy Tax
On April 7, 2020, The City Council adopted a Resolution authorizing operators of hotel, motel, and short term vacation rentals to defer the payment and reporting of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) for two months, covering the months of May and June 2020, as an exercise of emergency powers pursuant to the City’s Emergency Declaration. The City Council authorized the City Manager to allow a hotel, motel and shorten term vacation rental operator, upon written request, to defer payment of the TOT for months subsequent to April 2020 in two-month increments.
The Resolution does not relieve an operator from collecting from transients the amounts required to be collected, as specified in Section 3.06.020 of the Goleta Municipal Code (GMC). Also, each operator that collects, or has collected, TOT shall continue to comply with Section 3.06.040 of the GMC requiring an operator to report to the City’s Tax Collector the total rents charged and received, and the amount collected for transient occupancies.
Read: Resolution No. 20-19, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Goleta, California, Authorizing Hotel Operations to Defer the Payment and Reporting of Transient Occupancy Tax as an Exercise of Emergency Powers Pursuant to the City’s Emergency Declaration.
City of Goleta Suspends Duration Limit of Recreational Vehicle Parking at Elks Lodge
On April 4, 2020, the Director of Emergency Services issued Emergency Order No. 20-01 suspending a duration limit on recreational vehicle parking at the Elks Lodge. The order suspends the requirements associated with Conditional Use Permit No. 18-124-CUP AM, for the duration of the local emergency, which requires that RV parking be limited to Elks Lodge members and for a maximum of 14 consecutive days for overnight stays. The order allows for nonmembers of the Elks Lodge who have no other primary residence to use the RV parking area. In addition, only half of the spaces will be allowed to be used and social distancing is required in that the RV must be parked at least one parking space away from another except for an RV at the end of a parking aisle.
All Elks Lodge guests will continue to be required to adhere to the RV parking area rules, including registering with the Elks Lodge and signing the agreement to abide by the park rules.
The suspension will terminate upon the City’s rescission of its emergency declaration.
City of Goleta Proclamation of Local Emergency & Additional Orders
On March 14, 2020, The City Manager, as the Director of Emergency Services, declared an existence of a local emergency, activated its Emergency Operations Center, and canceled or postponed all non-essential City-hosted and sponsored programs and events to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On March 17, 2020, City Council ratified the Director’s declaration of the existence of a local emergency and adopted attendant orders, including(1) requiring the closing of restaurants, banquet facilities, bars, nightclubs and lounges except for take-out orders and deliveries; (2) requiring the closing of commercial gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, movie theaters, and arcades; (3) prohibiting the use of City play structures and exercise equipment in City parks and beaches (4) prohibiting residential and commercial evictions for non-payment of rent due to lost income due to the COVID-19 Crisis. The orders are to remain in effect for 60 days, or until May 16, 2020, unless extended by the City Council.
Read: Resolution No. 20-18, A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Goleta, California Confirming the Existence of a Local Emergency with Attendant Orders.
TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES BASED ON NONPAYMENT OF RENT OR MORTGAGE DUE TO LOST INCOME CAUSED BY COVID-19
NOTE: This moratorium applies only to evictions based on nonpayment of rent due to lost income caused by COVID-19.
The State of California and City of Goleta have both issued orders prohibiting residential and commercial evictions and foreclosures based on the nonpayment of rent when the tenant or mortgagors have suffered lost income and cannot pay rent due to COVID-19. (Governor Newsom Executive Order N-37-20, Governor Newsom’s Financial Relief Package “Financial Relief Package”, Ordinance No. 20-07 U.)
The information available on this webpage summarizes the major points of the orders but tenants, landlords, mortgagors and mortgagees are advised to review the orders (linked above) so that they can fully understand their rights and obligations.
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS
- Notify landlord in writing within seven (7) days before rent is due that the tenant needs to delay all or some payment of rent because of the inability to pay due to financial impacts related to COVID-19, which may include but are not limited to the following:
- Tenant was unable to work because s/he was sick with suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19;
- Caring for a household or family member who was sick with suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19;
- Lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other economic or employer impacts of COVID-19;
- Compliance with a recommendation from a government health authority to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregating with others during the state of emergency;
- Extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses;
- Childcare needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19.
- Documentation of the above reasons must be provided no later than the time of payment of back-due rent;
- Documentation may include but is not limited to:
- Termination notices, payroll checks, pay stubs, bank statements, medical bills, or signed letters or statements from an employer or supervisor explaining the tenant’s changed financial circumstances and
- Medical documentation.
- Pay all unpaid rent amounts no later than12 months after the City’s emergency declaration is declared over.
- Draw down on a security deposit during the repayment period if agreed upon by the landlord and must replenish the security deposit by the end of the 12-month period.
- Not evict a tenant who satisfies the above.
- Maintain the confidentiality of financial and medical documents provided by tenants.
- Not charge a late fee, penalty, or interest upon repayment of back-due rent.
- Landlords are encouraged to offer repayment plans to tenants for repayment of deferred rent beyond the 12-month period.
- Notify landlord in writing within 30 days after the date that the rent is due of the inability to pay rent due to a full or partial closure of the business related to COVID-19.
- Provide documentation or an explanation of business closure due to the State or local orders.
- Pay any pro-rated share of rent if a tenant suffers only a partial loss of income, with the amount of rent that corresponds to the income they generated during the period of loss.
- Pay all unpaid rent amounts no later than six (6) months after the City’s emergency declaration is declared over.
- Not evict a tenant who satisfies the above.
- Maintain the confidentiality of financial documents provided by tenants.
- Not charge a late fee, penalty, or interest upon repayment of back-due rent.
- Landlords are encouraged to offer repayment plans to tenants for repayment of differed rent beyond the 6-month period.
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL FORECLOSURES
Mortgagors can determine whether they are eligible for financial relief under Governor Newsom’s Financial Relief Package here: https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/25/governor-gavin-newsom-announces-major-financial-relief-package-90-day-mortgage-payment-relief-during-covid-19-crisis/
Residential and Commercial Mortgagor must:
- Pay within six (6) months of the expiration of the local emergency, unless a different time is agreed upon between the parties.
Mortgagee/Financial Institutions must:
- Not initiate or proceed with foreclosure action against a property owner during the period of local emergency.
- Not charge or collect a late fee, penalty, or interest for payments that are delayed.
VIOLATIONS OF ORDERS
Violations of these orders are punishable by:
- Civil: Issuance of an administrative citation with the following penalties:
- $5,000 per occurrence for first violation,
- $7,500 per occurrence for second violation, and
- $10,000 per occurrence for third violation or subsequent violations committed within one year of the first violation.
- Criminal: Prosecution of a misdemeanor with one or both of the following penalties:
- Up to $1,000 fine and/or
- Up to 6 months in jail.
In order to help protect the health and safety of our community, the City is implementing enhanced measures to limit transmission between employees and between employees and the public. The actions below have been updated as of March 20, 2020, to incorporate the Governor's stay at home order issued for the state of California.
- Even though City Hall is closed, it’s important to know that City Staff are working remotely and are available by e-mail or phone.Desk Reception is open during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday) by calling 805-961-7500. Messages will be forwarded to the appropriate departments.
- Any service requests from the public can be made by using our City Assist System. We monitor this system Monday-Friday during regular business hours.
- City Council meetings are virtual. The community is encouraged to watch the meetings live on Channel 19 or https://tinyurl.com/GoletaMeetings, beginning Tuesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. You can also participate by phone or email. Learn more here. City Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. live on Channel 19 or on our website at https://tinyurl.com/GoletaMeetings. Public comment can be e-mailed to the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be reviewed by Council if submitted by noon the day prior to the scheduled meeting.
- The Goleta Valley and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries are CLOSED. This includes the book drops; the date due for all checked out items is May 4. There will be no overdue fees for any items during this time period. Community members are encouraged to take advantage of free online resources and e-materials, such as e-books, audio books, and movies. Go to www.GoletaValleyLibrary.org to learn more.
- The Planning and Building Counter is CLOSED for in-person consultations, but the public can communicate with staff via email or phone. The City can only accept and process materials electronically. Paper submittals via drop-off or mail will no longer be accepted.
- The City is now doing virtual inspections via webcam, where possible. Click here for more information.
- Public Works is conducting inspections on private development projects related to health and safety.
- All other inspections typically performed by Building, Planning, and Public Works are temporarily suspended.
- Public Works is monitoring incoming winter storms and creek levels will continue to operate and maintain all public infrastructure and facilities.
- The Finance Department has suspended counter service but is accepting e-mail submissions for items such as business applications.
- Access to play structures and exercise equipment in all City parks, beaches and open space is prohibited.
- The skatepark at Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park at 170 S. Kellogg Avenue is closed as well.
- The City has closed basketball and volleyball courts, and group picnic areas.
- As of 5:00 p.m. on May 7, tennis and pickleball courts have reopened at Evergreen Park, Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, Berkeley Park, and Stow Canyon Open Space. Residents must comply with these regulations which follow the Santa Barbara County Public Health Order in order for the courts to remain open.
- The Goleta Community Center is CLOSED to programming with the exception of food distribution.
- Stow Grove Park reservations are cancelled with no new reservations through April 30th.
- Special Event Permits issued for the months of March and April are being cancelled and no new permits are being issued through April 30th.
- To reach a City department by telephone during regular business hours, please use the directory below and calls will be routed accordingly. A full staff directory is available here. Leave a message for staff and they will respond as soon as possible.
City Hall Department Directory (805) 961-7500 Planning & Environmental Review Information Desk (805) 961-7543 Building & Safety Permits (805) 961-7552 Building Inspection Request Line (805) 961-7550 Business Licenses - Finance Department (805) 961-7530 Public Works (805) 968-6843
COVID-19 testing is available in Santa Barbara County at community-based testing sites by appointment only and in healthcare settings. For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website at https://publichealthsbc.org/.
About Community-Based Testing
Santa Barbara County, The State of California and OptumServe are in partnership to increase testing for COVID-19 in our county. Testing is by appointment only. Insurance information will be collected when you register, but no co-pay required. If you do not have insurance, the State of California will pay for your test. Please bring your identification, if you have one.
Everyone is eligible to apply for screening. Once screened, testing order will be prioritized for people with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Additional prioritization will be offered to populations of higher risk, including: First Responders and Health Care Professionals.
Testing sites will be operational five (5) days per week from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Days and times for appointments will be adjusted based on community need.
Community-Based Testing Locations
Community based testing site locations will be available throughout the county. Testing will be by appointment only.
Santa Maria Fairpark 937 Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, CA, 93458
Earl Warren Showgrounds 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Anderson Recreation Center 125 West Walnut Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436
Request a Community-Based Testing Appointment
- Online appointment registration: https://lhi.care/covidtesting
- Telephone appointment registration: (888) 634-1123
If you need help making an appointment, please contact the Santa Barbara County Call Center at 1 (833) 688-5551 Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. –5:30 p.m.
Other Testing Options:
Please contact your Primary Care Provider to inquire about additional testing option.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Information Portal
Press Conferences Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4:30pm on Channel 20 and YouTube
Santa Barbara County Call Center: (833) 688-5551, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2-1-1 Call Center: In 805 – Dial 211; Outside 805 – (800) 400-1572
Santa Barbara County Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373
Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649
District Attorney Joyce Dudley, Sheriff Bill Brown, and Fire Chief Mark Hartwig held a joint press conference on public safety on April 7, 2020. A video of the entire press conference is available to watch at https://youtu.be/8rqlKElFZ-c.
District Attorney Joyce Dudley emphasized the importance of coming together as a community to watch out for our most vulnerable. DA Dudley believes people are experiencing elevated levels of in-home abuse: Domestic Violence, Spousal Rape, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse and Animal Abuse and encouraged those victims or witnesses to call 911. In situations where they cannot call 911, she urged them to call a District Attorney Victim/Witness Advocate at 805-568-2400.
The District Attorney also stated that at this time, she believes the above in-home crimes are being grossly under-reported and that vulnerable members of our community’s lives are at stake.
Ms. Dudley emphasized that now, more than ever, family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and even strangers must pay attention and report any concerns they have to their local law enforcement agency. DA Dudley added that community members should not hesitate to call 911 if they SEE, HEAR or SENSE that a vulnerable member of the community needs medical or legal help. Additionally, DA Dudley emphasized how important it is for pharmacists, grocery store personnel, package and mail deliverers and gas station attendants to realize that they may be someone’s only chance of avoiding continuous abuse. Ms. Dudley assured the community that this is local law enforcement agencies countywide highest priority and the only chance they have to respond is if a caring person calls 911.
The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office for police services. To reach the non-emergency dispatch line, call 805-683-2724.
We know this is a stressful time. Review these important tips from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department on how to take care of your mental health during this crisis.
- Practicing mindfulness and relaxation exercises
- Stay connected by phone and electronically
- Keep current connections strong
- Stay informed through reliable sources
- Limit your screen time
- Eat healthy and drink plenty of water
- Call elderly and house-bound friends and neighbors to see how they are feeling. Bring them meals and special treats, being mindful of their vulnerability and susceptibility.
- Play board games with your kids
- Read to your children and have them read to you
- Take on a home project, paint that wall that you have been thinking about
- Work in the garden
- Have push-up contests or do yoga together
- Make special meals and involve the whole family, eat healthy!
- Get outside – go for walks, runs, and hikes (maintain social distancing)
We are wired to be socially connected. Doing so safely requires diligence and creativity. Keeping a positive and informed perspective that we will get through this, together, is critical to reducing the emotional impacts and continuing to create resiliency.
City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said, “It’s important that we stay connected and support one another. Call and check on people who are on your mind to let them know you are thinking of them. We are fortunate to live in a tight-knit community that looks out for each other.”
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Additional information from the CDC, including how to make your own face mask, is available here.
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
Click here for more information on social distancing from the CDC.
Prevention and Treatment Guidelines
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Learn more about how to protect yourself and others here.
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Information Portal
- ReadySBC for economic recovery, re-opening businesses and more (email COVIDbiz@countyofsb.org)
City of Goleta
The COVID-19 situation is evolving and the City will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary. Stay up to date on COVID-19 news and information from the City by signing up for email and/or text updates, and by following us on Facebook (@CityofGoleta), Twitter (@GoletaPIO) and Instagram (@CityofGoleta).
County of Santa Barbara & Public Health
County Public Health: www.PublicHealthSBC.org, Twitter and Facebook
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org, Twitter, Facebook
2-1-1 Call Center: Dial 211 or outside the area, call (800) 400-1572
Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373
Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649
Community Wellness Team: (805) 364-2750
The City of Goleta is receiving a great response to our newly launched Goleta to Go campaign. The goal is to rally support for our local restaurants during this COVID-19 crisis and Stay at Home Order by encouraging locals to order takeout or delivery from the more than 70 Goleta restaurants listed on our website. The City is taking this campaign a step further by asking community members to take a photo of themselves or their family getting takeout or delivery from a Goleta restaurant and sending it to us with a mention of their favorite menu item. We will share the post on our Facebook (@CityofGoleta) and Instagram (@cityofgoleta) accounts.
Please send your photo and short caption to PIO@cityofgoleta.org and be sure and use the hashtag #GoletaToGo. While it may be tempting to just show photos of the delicious food you are ordering, we would prefer photos of people in them as well!
City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte said “During this COVID-19 crisis our local restaurants are so grateful for all the support they receive whenever possible. And eating out, whether at your favorite restaurant or trying a new one, can also help provide a sense of normalcy.”
We are continually updating our Goleta to Go list of restaurants open for takeout or delivery on our website at www.CityofGoleta.org/COVID19. If you see any restaurants located within the City of Goleta not listed, please email us at PIO@cityofgoleta.org and we will make sure and add them!
Restaurants (including coffee shops, breweries, and wineries) currently open for take-out or delivery in Goleta:
For a list of Santa Barbara County restaurants open for business go to Noozhawk or The Restaurant Guy. You can also view the Santa Barbara News-Press COVID-19 restaurant guide here. KEYT has an online directory of all businesses still open, click here to search it.
Thank you for helping to support local restaurants! We can’t wait to see your photos!
We also want to remind you to continue sending us photos for our #GoodLandGoodPeople photo campaign. We are looking for positive images of people doing great work on in our community or creative ways you and your family are getting through this crisis. Send a photo and short caption to PIO@cityofgoleta.org and make sure to include #GoodLandGoodPeople.
Pictured left to right: Los Arroyos, Pollofino
We are so lucky to live in such a supportive community filled with good people. Everywhere you look there are people stepping up to help others and coming up with creative ways to stay positive, sane and entertained during this crisis.
The City wants to know how You, our Goleta community, is getting through the COVID-19 crisis. Please share your #GoodLandGoodPeople images with us. We are looking for three types of photos:
- Creative or Simple ways you and your family are working/schooling/playing/staying busy during the Stay at Home Order.
- People in our Goleta community we can pay tribute to for helping others during this time. This includes medical professionals, grocery store workers, first responders and more.
- Uplifting images from the Goleta community that will make us smile.
To participate, email your photo and a brief description/caption to PIO@CityofGoleta.org. Follow us on Facebook (@CityofGoleta) and Instagram (@CityofGoleta) to see what photos we share! Thanks for helping us spread some happiness and humor to keep us all going!
Mayor Paula Perotte said, “Now more than ever, we need positive connections to each other. The #GoodLandGood People photo campaign is an excellent way for us to celebrate all the good that is going on in our community during this most difficult chapter. I can’t wait to see all the good photos on Goleta’s social media”
Thanks for sending in your photos and remember to share on your social media as well and use the haghtag #GoodLandGoodPeople.
Photo: National Guards making a home delivery. The photo is courtesy of USANG Capt. Jason Sweeney.
- June 2: Santa Barbara County Announces Two Additional Deaths of Persons with COVID-19
- June 2: Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Reopening Metrics Dashboard
- May 29: COVID-19 Testing Opportunities in Santa Barbara County
- May 26: County Eases Restrictions for Wineries and Tasting Rooms Serving Food
- May 26: New Stay Well at Home Order: Local Guidance Provided for Barbershops, Hair Salons, Places of Worship, and More in Santa Barbara County
- May 22: Stay Well at Home Order: Temporary Requirement to Use Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- May 22: Santa Barbara County Announces Additional Death of a Person with COVID-19
- May 20: Face Coverings Available for Critical Workers and At-Risk Community Members
- May 18: New Video Message from City of Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte
- May 18: Goleta City Council to Receive Update on City Finances and the Impacts of the COVID-19 Crisis
- May 15: County Publishes Reopening in a Safe Environment (RISE) Guide
- May 15: New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County
- May 14: 14 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County
- May 14: Face Coverings Required at Santa Barbara Airport beginning May 15
- May 13: Six New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - May 13, 2020
- May 12: Ten New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
- May 11: Fifty-Four New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - May 11, 2020
- May 8: Stay Well at Home Order
- May 8: Santa Barbara County Announces Two Additional Death of COVID-19 Patients
- May 7: Santa Barbara County to Begin Reopening Low-Risk Businesses for Curbside Pick-Up
- May 7: New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County
- May 6: Community Rallies to Meet Food Resource Needs of Santa Barbara County Residents Affected by COVID-19
- May 6: Seventy New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - May 6, 2020
- May 6: Goleta City Council Approves Resolution Requiring Employees and Patrons at All Essential Businesses to Wear Face Coverings
- May 5: Santa Barbara County Public Health Seeking COVID-19 Responders
- May 5: Santa Barbara County Announces Ninth Death of Patient with COVID-19
- May 4: Twelve New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - May 4, 2020
- May 3: Six New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County
- May 2: Four New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County
- May 1: Ten New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - May 1, 2020
- May 1: State Operated COVID-19 Community Testing Begins in Santa Barbara County
- April 30: New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Santa Barbara County
- April 29: Community Based COVID-19 Testing to Begin
- April 29: Santa Barbara County Announces Eighth Death of Patient with COVID-19
- April 29: Face Coverings to be Required on all MTD Buses Starting May 1st
- April 29: Support Goleta to Go Campaign by Submitting Photos
- April 28: Four New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 28, 2020
- April 28: Upcoming Business Webinars from Santa Barbara County and Caltrans
- April 27: Two New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 27, 2020
- April 26: Three New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County
- April 25: Santa Barbara County Announces Seventh Death of Patient with COVID-19
- April 24: County Health Officer Issues New Stay Well at Home Order
- April 24: County Beach, Park and Trail Parking and Vehicle Access to Close if Too Crowded
- April 24: Santa Barbara County Announces Sixth Death of Patient with COVID-19
- April 23: 11 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 23, 2020
- April 22: 11 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 22, 2020
- April 22: Goleta City Council Takes Action to Help Residents and Businesses Suffering Financial Hardships Due to COVID-19 Crisis
- April 21: Santa Barbara County Announces Fifth Death of Patient with COVID-19
- April 21: Updated Information on Foodbank Distribution Locations and Cox Communications Offer
- April 21: South County Non-Congregate Shelter Opens
- April 20: 22 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 20, 2020
- April 19: Nine New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County
- April 18: Santa Barbara County Announces Fourth Death of Patient with COVID-19
- April 17: 19 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 17, 2020
- April 17: Goleta Chamber Launches Masks4Biz Program to Provide Masks for Frontline Workers
- April 16: Santa Barbara County Announces Third Death of Patient with COVID-19
- April 15: 21 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 15, 2020
- April 14: 29 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 14, 2020
- April 14: Warning Regarding Scams Targeting Public During COVID-19 Crisis
- April 13: 17 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 13, 2020
- April 12: New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 12, 2020
- April 11: Four New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County
- April 10: New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 10, 2020
- April 10: City of Goleta Encourages Residents to Continue to Stay at Home over the Holiday Weekend
- April 9, 2020: New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 9, 2020
- April 8, 2020: New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 8, 2020
- April 8, 2020: Goleta City Council Takes Action and Approves Several Measures to Protect Residents and Businesses During COVID-19 Crisis
- April 7, 2020: Watch a Video of the Public Safety Press Conference with D.A. Joyce Dudley, Sheriff Bill Brown and Fire Chief Mark Hartwig
- April 7, 2020: New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County - April 7, 2020
- April 6, 2020: Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Update - April 6, 2020
- April 5, 2020: Santa Barbara County Announces Second Death of Patient with COVID-19 - April 5, 2020
- April 5, 2020: Clarifications Issued to Stay Well at Home Order
- April 4, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Santa Barbara County - April 4, 2020
- April 3, 2020: City of Goleta Closes Basketball/Pickleball/Tennis/Volleyball Courts and Group Picnic Areas to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19
- April 3, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Santa Barbara County - April 3, 2020
- April 2, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
- April 2, 2020: Goleta City Council Meetings Go Virtual
- April 2, 2020: Santa Barbara County Announces Death of Patient with COVID-19
- April 1, 2020: Watch Important Video Message from Mayor Paula Perotte
- April 1, 2020: MTD to Further Reduce Bus Service Beginning Monday, April 6
- March 31, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Santa Barbara County - March 31, 2020
- March 31, 2020: COVID-19 Summary for March 31, 2020, from SB County Public Health
- March 31, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
- March 30, 2020: Santa Barbara County COVID-19 Update for March 30, 2020
- March 29, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Santa Barbara County - March 29, 2020
- March 29, 2020: COVID-19 Update for March 29, 2020, from SB County Public Health
- March 28, 2020: Public Health Announces New COVID-19 Cases and Partnership to Accept Personal Protective Equipment
- March 28, 2020: COVID-19 Update for March 28, 2020, from SB County Public Health
- March 27, 2020: New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed Including Two Cases in the City of Goleta
- March 27, 2020: COVID-19 Resources for the Goleta Community
- March 26, 2020: New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
- March 26, 2020: Foodbank Launches SAFE Food Net
- March 24, 2020: Social Distancing on Trails and Open Spaces During COVID-19
- March 23, 2020: Access to Play Structures, Exercise Equipment and the Skatepark is Prohibited
- March 22, 2020: Five New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County
- March 21, 2020: Four New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in SB County and Important Reminders Issued
- March 21, 2020: Updates to the Goleta Library System During Stay at Home Order
- March 20, 2020: Mayor of Goleta Assures Public of City’s Commitments Following Stay at Home Executive Order
- March 19, 2020: Governor Gavin Newsom Issues Stay at Home Order for all of California
- March 19, 2020: Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County & Health Order Issued
- March 19, 2020: Public Encouraged to Take Advantage of All the Goleta Library System has to Offer During Closure
- March 18, 2020: Information to Share from Allied Agencies
- March 18, 2020: The Latest COVID-19 Announcements from SB Public Health Department & Sheriff's Office - March 18, 2020
- March 18, 2020: Goleta City Council Takes Emergency Action to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
- March 17, 2020: Goleta City Council to Practice Social Distancing at Tonight’s City Council Meeting and Will Consider Several COVID-19 Emergency Matters
- March 17, 2020: Two Important COVID-19 Announcements from Santa Barbara Public Health Department
- March 17, 2020: Santa Barbara County Animal Services' Response to COVID-19
- March 16, 2020: City of Goleta Proclaims Local Emergency and Implements Enhanced Measures to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19
- March 15, 2020: First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Santa Barbara County and Potential Exposure in Isla Vista
- March 13, 2020: Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries CLOSED Until Further Notice
- March 13, 2020: Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries Suspend Programming Through End of April
- March 13, 2020: City of Goleta Response to COVID-19
- March 11, 2020: SB County Public Health Releases Coronavirus Disease Information Portal for Community
- March 7, 2020: Santa Barbara County Public Health Releases COVID-19 Preparedness Info
- March 6, 2020: City of Goleta Continues to Monitor Coronavirus Situation
- February 29, 2020: City of Goleta Monitors Coronavirus Status and Works With Health Officials
- Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades Recursos para COVID-19 from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Correos electrónicos anteriores de la ciudad
- 15 de mayo: La guía de reapertura en ambiente seguro (RISE)
- 15 de mayo: Nuevos casos confirmados del COVID-19 en el Condado de Santa Barbara
- 13 de mayo: Nuevos casos confirmados del COVID-19 en el Condado de Santa Barbara - 13 de mayo
- 7 de mayo: El condado de Santa Barbara comenzara a reabrir negocios de bajo reisgo con servicio de recoger en la acera
- 6 de mayo: Nuevos casos confirmados del COVID-19 en el Condado de Santa Barbara - 6 de mayo
- 6 de mayo: El Concejo Municipal de Goleta Aprueba una Resolución que Exige Coberturas Faciales
- 1 de mayo: Pruebas con base en la comunidad de COVID-19 comienzan en el condado de Santa Barbara
- 30 de abril: Apoye la nueva campaña GOLETA TO GO
- 30 de abril: La ciudad de Goleta lanza la campaña fotográfica #GoodLandGoodPeople
- 29 de abril: Se requieren cubiertas faciales en todos los autobuses MTD comenzando el 1 de mayo
- 28 de abril: Nuevos casos confirmados del COVID-19 en el Condado de Santa Barbara - 28 de abril
- 21 de abril: El Banco de Comida del Condado de Santa Barbara distribuciones de alimentos de emergencia
- 21 de abril: Se abre un refugio contra congregacion en el sur del condado
- 12 de abril: Nuevos Casos Confirmardos de COVID-19 en el Condado de Santa Barbara - 12 de Abril
- 8 de abril: El Concejo Municipal de Goleta Toma Medidas y Aprueba Varias Medidas para Proteger a los Residentes y las Empresas Durante la Crisis de COVID-19
- 6 de abril: El Condado de Santa Barbara Anuncia el Segundo Paciente que Fallece con COVID-19
- 3 de abril: La Ciudad de Goleta Cierra Canchas de Baloncesto/Pickleball/Tenis/Voleibol y áreas de Picnic Grupal para Ayudar a Prevenir la Propagación de COVID-19
- 1 de abril: MTD reducirá aún más el servicio a partir del 6 de abril
- 27 de marzo: El Foodbank presenta Red de alimentos SAFE que proporciona “Servicios esenciales” durante el confinamiento en California
- 24 de marzo: Distancia Social en Senderos y Espacios Abiertos Durante COVID-19
- 24 de marzo: Actualizaciones al sistema de la biblioteca Goleta durante la orden de estadía en casa
- 23 de marzo: La Ciudad de Goleta Recuerda a los Miembros de la Comunidad que el Acceso a Estructuras de Juego, Equipos de Ejercicio y el Parque de Patinaje (“Skatepark”) está Prohibido
- 20 de marzo: La Alcaldesa de Goleta Asegura al Público de los Compromisos de la Ciudad Durante la Orden Ejecutiva de Estadía en Hogar
- 18 de marzo: El Ayuntamiento de Goleta toma medidas de emergencia para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19
- 17 de marzo: La Ciudad de Goleta proclama emergencia local e implementa medidas mejoradas para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de COVID-19
- 17 de marzo: El Concejo Municipal de Goleta practicará el distanciamiento social en la reunión del Concejo Municipal de esta noche y considerará varios asuntos de emergencia de COVID-19
- 13 de marzo: La Ciudad de Goleta responde a COVID-19
Additional Resources & Information
Below is a list of resources by category the City has gathered for the Goleta Community. Sign up to receive email/text updates on COVID-19 from the City of Goleta at https://tinyurl.com/goletacovid19 or text GOLETA COVID19 to 468311.
District Attorney Warns
of Scams Related to Coronavirus
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley is informing the public that scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency continues. Read the full article in Noozhawk.
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County SAFE Food Net Emergency Food Distributions
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is hosting additional food distributions in order to meet the growing need in the community caused by COVID-19. The food at these sites is prepared and distributed in a way that utilized social distancing and followed CDC recommendations. Many locations offer a drive-thru option to minimize contact, and others are scheduling food pick-up appointments for individuals to prevent crowds. You may be asked to wear provided hygienic gloves. No documentation/registration required. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit FoodbankSBC.org.
Please DIAL 211 for after-hours support, senior home delivery or other questions. Or visit the County of Santa Barbara’s 211 website.
Food Bank South County
4554 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Mon. – Fri.: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and utilities under its jurisdiction are supporting communities during these challenging times.
California Public Utilities Commission
With most Californians staying at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, residential energy use has increased by 15 to 20% (for electric) and 5 to 50% (for gas) and utility bills will go up. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is working to help consumers manage their energy bills and usage.
Customers who have lost their income should call their utility today to receive a 20 to 35% discount on their bills through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program and/or the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program: www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=976. The CPUC has a similar program for telecommunication customers, California LifeLine: www.cpuc.ca.gov/lifeline
Additionally, CPUC has worked with utilities to provide the Climate Credit in April, which will help off-set higher bills.The Climate Credit is from a state program that requires electricity providers, natural gas providers, and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits. The credit is the utilities’ customer’s share of the payments from the program.
CPUC is working on additional actions to help reduce the impacts of increased residential demand on energy bills during the summer months including the possibility of additional bill credits and changes to the overall rate structures.
Finally, there are also simple, no-cost energy behaviors that can help save Californians energy and money during this difficult time:
- On cooler days, set thermostats to 68 or lower during the day/62 at night
- Unplug unused devices and/or turn off power strips
- Open blinds/curtains on sunny days to avoid using too many lights
- Wait to use dishwasher when it’s full
- Turn down screen brightness and use eco-mode features on work from home and entertainment devices
Below is information on local utilities and services:
Southern California Edison
Southern California Edison (SCE) has put together a Community Resource Guide, available here. SCE has announced that it is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees, effective immediately, for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. Programs for income-qualified customers are available at sce.com/billhelp or by calling 1-800-655-4555.
Learn about bill payment options and services during COVID-19 here. If your household income has recently changed, you may now qualify for 20% off your natural gas bill with CARE. Apply online at socalgas.com/CARE. Late payment fees are being waived for Small Business Customers. Please contact SoCalGas for more information and view their customer information flyer here.
Through June 30, Cox extends its pledge to: not terminate internet or telephone service to any residential or small business customer because of an inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic; waive any internet or telephone late fees that any residential or small business customer incurs because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and keep open its Cox WiFi hotspots to help keep the public connected in this time of need.
- Free Connect2Compete service, Cox’s low-cost internet product for families with school-aged children who are enrolled in low-income assistance programs. Customers must sign up before May 15 to qualify. All new customers that have enrolled since March 13 will receive free service through July 15. Learn more at cox.com/connect2compete.
- Upgraded speeds of 50 Mbps download for residential customers in the company’s Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete packages.
- For those tiers, free Cox Complete Care phone and remote desktop support for residential customers providing assistance for loading new applications they may need to use during this time like online classroom support applications and web conferencing services.
MarBorg’s regularly scheduled trash collection services are continuing. And as of May 11, in an effort to follow the State Cal-Recycle guidelines to implement waste reduction and recycling programs while maintaining health and safety protocols, MarBorg Industries will be resuming regular operations at their Goleta (20 David Love Place) and Santa Barbara (132 Nopalitos Way) Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Customer Service assistance is available at 805-963-1852 or email@example.com. Mon-Fri – 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Santa Barbara MTD has lowered service levels on several lines associated with area educational institutions, in light of these schools ceasing campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, as of March 19, all MTD fixed-route bus service will be provided free of charge until further notice. Passengers without disabilities will be directed to use the rear door of the vehicle for boarding and alighting to minimize contact with bus operators at the front door and farebox area. Passengers using mobility devices or who need the ramp will be allowed to board and alight from the front door of the vehicle.
The following service changes are now in effect:
- No Line 15x (SBCC/UCSB Express) Service
- No Line 16 (SBCC Shuttle) Service
- No Line 28 (UCSB Shuttle) Service
- Line 27 (Isla Vista Shuttle) will operate on the “UCSB out” alternate schedule as published in the schedule guide
- No booster service to Junior Highs, High Schools, or Alpha Resource Center
Call (805) 963-3366 for assistance.For the full list of utilities and services, please visit https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/covid.
Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)
- Wear a face covering in the terminal – a face covering will be required to enter the terminal and fly with any one of SBA’s airlines. All Airport visitors and airline employees also are required to wear a face covering. If you forget a face covering, the Airport and airlines will be providing disposable face masks beginning on May 15th
- Maintain a safe distance from others – look for helpful signs and decals in the terminal. Airlines also will follow new boarding procedures to increase distance. Follow all Airline employee directions.
- Travel with hand sanitizer to use on hands and hard surfaces – the TSA now allows 12 oz. containers onboard. Use it to disinfect your hands or anything you touch. If you don’t have hand sanitizer, it will be available at multiple locations in the Airport.
- And most importantly, do not travel if you have any symptoms of illness – all of SBA’s airlines waive booking fees if you need to delay your flight.
- Nightly mist disinfectant cleaning in the terminal
- Increased disinfecting of high-touch surfaces such as escalator handrails and elevator buttons
- “Counter Guards” to shield interactions at ticketing and gate counters (anticipated in early June)
- Increased queuing area where available, stanchions to space travelers
- Increased seat spacing and/or seating removal in hold rooms
- Increased table seating space in restaurant, more grab n’ go food (anticipated early June)
MTD Bus Capacity to Increase, Face Coverings are Still Required
Santa Barbara MTD has increased the number of passengers allowed on board all MTD buses. As the County of Santa Barbara has received approval to move into the later stages of Phase 2, allowing certain businesses to reopen, demand for bus service will continue to increase. Load limits have increased to 15 passengers on a 40 foot bus and 10 passengers on a 30 foot bus. These amounts are still less than half of a fully seated busload. Though these allowable loads are increasing, a bus may pass up a person waiting at a bus stop if the amount of passengers onboard has already reached the limit. Read the full press release here.
Face Coverings to be Required on all MTD Buses Starting May 1st
Beginning Friday, May 1st, 2020, MTD will require that all passengers wear a cloth face covering or mask in order to ride an MTD bus. A grace period through Tuesday, May 5th will be granted to provide the public with time to obtain an appropriate face covering. Read the full press release here.
MTD to Further Reduce Bus Service Beginning Monday, April 6
Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, Santa Barbara MTD will be lowering service levels further in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This reduction is due to the Governor’s continued stay at home order intended to flatten the curve of COVID- 19 cases, reduced ridership, and MTD workforce constraints.
These reductions are in addition to the ones enacted as of March 19, 2020, on several lines associated with area educational institutions, in light of these schools ceasing campus operations for the remaining 2019-20 school year. Those reductions included the following:
- Line 15x (SBCC/UCSB Express)- No service Line 16 (SBCC Shuttle)- No service
- Line 28 (UCSB Shuttle)- No service
- Booster services- No service
- Line 27 (Isla Vista Shuttle)- Alternative “UCSB out” service as published in the schedule guide and online
These service reductions will continue until further notice.
In addition to the reductions above, additional service reductions will occur. Beginning the morning of Monday, April 6, 2020, the following additional service changes will go into effect, until further notice:
- Line 10 (Cathedral Oaks)- No service
- Line 30 (Downtown Shuttle)- No service
- Line 34 (Waterfront Shuttle)- No service
- Line 36 (Seaside Shuttle)- No service
- Line 37 (Crosstown Shuttle)- No service
These lines serve areas in Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria, but all three areas will still have active transit service. Passengers with questions about schedules and affected routes can call (805) 963-3366 for assistance.
Transit Center Customer Service
Customer Service functions are still available via phone at (805) 963-3366, and electronically via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, the www.sbmtd.gov website, and all MTD social media channels (@santabarbaramtd on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram).
Customer service still operates on normal Transit Center business hours (Monday through Friday, 6am to 7pm, and weekends, 9am to 5pm), At this time there are no walk-up sales, person-to-person transactions, or Ticket Vending Machines available at the Transit Center.
The public is reminded to stay home if they are sick, follow proper health hygiene practices, and maintain appropriate social distance on buses, at the Transit Center, and at bus stops. Due to the Governor’s stay at home order, only people making essential trips or going to work in essential industries should be riding the bus at this time.
The following Agencies on Aging are responsible for planning and administering services for seniors across the state.
528 S Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454, (805) 925-9554, https://centralcoastseniors.org/
Meals for Seniors
If you are or know of a senior who is in need of a meal now or in the near future, visit Meals on Wheels of America to contact your local resources: www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/find-meals
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Please DIAL 211 for after-hours support, senior home delivery or other questions. Or visit the County of Santa Barbara’s 211 website.
Zooomers to Boomers
A group of local San Marcos High School students came up with a great way help by delivering groceries to neighbors who are elderly or immunocompromised. Zoomers to Boomers is an online site where seniors can submit a grocery list and a staff of high schoolers will head out to do the shopping and deliver to their homes. There are no tips or additional payments necessary. Any tips included by customers will be donated to those in need in the Santa Barbara community. Zoomers to Boomers chapters, started in Santa Barbara, are now popping up all over the country.
Older adults are particularly vulnerable during this time. If you or someone you know needs help with groceries or meals, dial 211, if you are feeling lonely and need to talk, call the Friendship Line at 1-888-670-1360, and if you suspect elder abuse, call Adult Protective Services at 1-833-401-0832.
Santa Barbara County Economic Recovery (readysbc.org)
California is committed to assisting workers hurt by COVID-19, read below for resources that may fit your situation.
Sick or Quarantined
If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. The executive order issued by the Governor waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
If you have lost your job or have had your hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19, please visit https://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/Filing_a_Claim.htm
If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Parents of children that have to miss work due to school closures may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.
All information and resources can be found at labor.ca.gov/Coronavirus2019.
Local Hotel Day Rates
The Goleta Chamber of Commerce has put together a list of local hotels offering a day-rate for local employees who need a private room to work remote during the day. Click here for the current offers and rates our local hotels are providing.
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the COVID-19 outbreak: https://business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
Santa Barbara County Economic Recovery (readysbc.org)
Work Sharing Program (State of California Employment Development Department)
Santa Barbara Foundation & Partners
The Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) and the United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) announced a partnership that will provide financial support to address the needs of individuals and families in Santa Barbara County as well as the nonprofits who serve them. To support the efforts of the nonprofit community, the Santa Barbara Foundation is organizing webinars and organizations by topic areas that have been identified by grantees and other social sector partners; you can find the list of webinars at https://www.sbfoundation.org/sbf-events/
COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County Expanded
The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and the Hutton Parker Foundation are leading a countywide funders’ collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable. This COVID-19 Joint Response Effort for Santa Barbara County announced today that they will provide over $1 million in assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively assisting members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit https://www.sbfoundation.org/covid-19-response-grants/.
- COVID-19 Santa Barbara County Non-Profit Resources from the Santa Barbara Foundation
COVID-19 Teleconference Town Hall 3: Support for Small Businesses - listen here
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Monique Limón, and Congressman Salud Carbajal invited the community for a teleconference town hall today on April 1, 2020, to learn about the financial and technical assistance available to businesses affected by COVID-19.
Resources discussed at the town hall include:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
- Small Business Majority (information including recorded webinars in English and Spanish): https://smallbusinessmajority.org/covid-19-daily-updates-for-small-businesses
- Economic Development Collaborative (schedule phone calls for free guidance in English and Spanish): https://edcollaborative.com/covid19/
- Women's Economic Ventures (English and Spanish phone assistance and Quick Response Loan opportunities): https://www.wevonline.org/wev-covid-19-message/
COVID-19 Teleconference Town Hall 2: Worker Protections - listen here
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Congressman Salud Carbajal and Assemblywoman Monique Limon invited the community to attend a teleconference town hall on March 25, 2020, to learn about the state programs available to workers affected by COVID-19 as well as your rights under state law.
The discussion included the differences between Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Paid Family Leave, how to determine which program applies to you, and how to file a claim info on worker rights and protections.
CA Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBANK) Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program
IBANK's Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program is currently available to small businesses needing assistance to overcome economic injury caused by COVID-19. Financial Development Corporation (FDC) partners throughout the State are assisting businesses in securing a 95% guarantee on bank loans of up to $1 million.
Economic Development Collaborative Disaster Loan Fund
Western Bank contributed $500,000 to EDC Disaster Loan Fund. EDC is offering 4.25% interest loans from $5,000- $50,000 through our Disaster Loan Fund to give a cash flow boost to businesses impacted by reduced sales, supply chain disruption or other challenges related to COVID-19. The loans are not forgivable.
Santa Barbara Foundation Community Disaster Relief Fund
The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and Hutton Parker Foundation are providing grants to individuals, families, and non-profit organizations. Santa Barbara Foundation and Hutton Parker Foundation will provide grants up to $25,000 to nonprofit organizations serving individuals impacted by COVID in regions of Santa Barbara County.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Save Small Business Fund
Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to small businesses.
Women's Economic Ventures COVID Quick Response Loan Program
The Quick Response Loans program provides financial support and assistance to businesses experiencing economic hardship as a result of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 for up to $10,000, 4.50% fixed interest rate, 36 month repayment and no fees.
The Federal Reserve Programs
Main Street Expanded Loan Facility & Main Street New Loan Facility
The Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (“Facility”), which has been authorized under section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, is intended to facilitate lending to small and medium-sized businesses by Eligible Lenders. Under the Facility and the Main Street New Loan Facility & Main Street New Loan Facility, a Federal Reserve Bank (“Reserve Bank”) will commit to lend to a single common special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) on a recourse basis. The SPV will purchase 95% participations in the upsized tranche of Eligible Loans from Eligible Lenders. Eligible Lenders would retain 5% of the upsized tranche of each Eligible Loan. The Department of the Treasury, using funds appropriated to the Exchange Stabilization Fund under section 4027 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), will make a $75 billion equity investment in the single common SPV in connection with the Facility and the MSNLF. The combined size of the Facility and the MSNLF will be up to $600 billion.
Municipal Liquidity Facility
The Municipal Liquidity Facility (“Facility”), which has been authorized under Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, will support lending to U.S. U.S.cities with a population exceeding one million residents, and U.S. counties with a population exceeding two million residents. Under the Facility, a Federal Reserve Bank (“Reserve Bank”) will commit to lend to a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) on a recourse basis. The SPV will purchase Eligible Notes directly from Eligible Issuers at the time of issuance. The Reserve Bank will be secured by all the assets of the SPV. The Department of the Treasury, using funds appropriated to the Exchange Stabilization Fund under section 4027 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, will make an initial equity investment of $35 billion in the SPV in connection with the Facility. The SPV will have the ability to purchase up to $500 billion of Eligible Notes.
Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility
Under the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (“Facility”), the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (“Reserve Bank”) will lend, on a recourse basis, to a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) that will purchase in the secondary market corporate debt issued by eligible issuers. The SPV will purchase in the secondary market eligible individual corporate bonds as well as eligible corporate bond portfolios in the form of exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”). The Reserve Bank will be secured by all the assets of the SPV. The Department of the Treasury will make a $75 billion equity investment in the SPV to support both the Facility and the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility (“PMCCF”). The initial allocation of the equity will be $50 billion toward the PMCCF and $25 billion toward the Facility. The combined size of the Facility and the PMCCF will be up to $750 billion.
Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility
The Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility (“Facility”) will serve as a funding backstop for corporate debt issued by eligible issuers. Under the Facility, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (“Reserve Bank”) will commit to lend to a special purpose vehicle (“SPV”) on a recourse basis. The SPV will (i) purchase qualifying bonds as the sole investor in a bond issuance; and (ii) purchase portions of syndicated loans or bonds at issuance. The Reserve Bank will be secured by all the assets of the SPV. The Department of the Treasury will make a $75 billion equity investment in the SPV to support both the Facility and the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (“SMCCF”). The initial allocation of the equity will be $50 billion toward the Facility and $25 billion toward the SMCCF. The combined size of the Facility and the SMCCF will be up to $750 billion.
Questions for the California Department of Education (CDE) about an emergency?
Related issues may be directed to EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov.
SB 117 (urgency measure): The bill contains changes for education programs that ensure local educational agencies continue to receive funding during the COVID-19 emergency and allow for flexibility for local educational agencies to continue to provide educational options to their students. It addresses school district funding, afterschool programs, child development programs, special education, and English learners, among other topics.
California Department of Education Guidance:
The CDE has issued guidance related to the following topics, and plans to update the information every Friday:
- Distance learning
- Ways to gain access to the internet
- Special education
- Nutrition and student meals
- Child care and student supervision
- Special education: U.S. Department of Education guidance
Executive Orders Regarding the CDE:
- March 18 Executive Order: The order suspends standardized testing and seeks federal waivers.
- March 13 Executive Order: The order provides that even if schools close temporarily because of COVID-19, school districts must:
- Continue delivering high-quality educational opportunities to students through other options, distance learning and independent study;
- Safely provide school meals through the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture;
- To the extent practicable, arrange for supervision for students during ordinary school hours
- Continue to pay employees.
The California Grocers Association (CGA) is encouraging consumers to listen to their local health officials’ directives and consider online shopping and delivery services to get essential products.
For consumers who must go grocery shopping, please follow these ten tips from the CGA. And remember, Please Buy Smart & Don’t Overfill Your Cart.
- Only visit the grocery store when it’s essential, and then buy only what you need for one week, or a little more. Be creative with what you have on hand before going to the store and don’t overbuy. There is enough for all if we keep shopping patterns normal.
- Wash or disinfect your re-usable grocery bags after each use. For your safety, some grocers ask that you bag your groceries if using reusable bags, while others have decided to temporarily not allow reusable bags to be brought into their stores.|
- Help reduce store crowding. Don’t bring extra people on your visit to the store if at all possible.
- Practice social distancing within the store. The CDC guideline is 6-feet – the safe distance to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. An average grocery cart is 3-feet long, so keep a distance of two grocery carts between you and others.
- Inspect produce with your eyes, not your hands. To avoid unnecessary handling of fruits and vegetables use a produce bag to make your selection.
- Avoid unnecessary handling of all items in store. Try not to pick up cans or boxes or other products unless you plan to buy. Let your eyes guide your choice.
- Don’t crowd the checkstand.
- Keep your distance from the person in front of you. As a courtesy, some grocers have marked the floors in and around the checkout area to assist you in keeping a safe distance.
- Wait until the customer in front of you has finished collecting their groceries before unloading your groceries at the checkstand.
For more information, please go to https://enoughforallca.com/.
Tax and Fee Administration
Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order in response to the COVID-19 State of Emergency through May 11, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by complying with a state or local public health official's imposition or recommendation of social distancing measures related to COVID-19. This assistance includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for refund. Taxpayers may request assistance by contacting the CDTFA. Requests for relief of interest or penalties or requesting an extension for filing a return may be made through their online services. More information here.
Businesses Requesting Sales and Use Tax Extensions
Earned Income Tax Credit
Is assistance available to people who haven’t filed tax returns in the past?
With a few exceptions, undocumented workers qualify for benefits and remedies provided to workers by both federal and California law. More information: https://legalaidatwork.org/factsheet/undocumented-workers-employment-rights/
Undocumented people still qualify for emergency Medi-Cal. More information.
The 805 UndocuFund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrant individuals and families who are excluded from federally funded safety net programs; that have been economically impacted by the loss of their homes, wages, and/or employment due to disasters in our community like wildfires, mudslides, and COVID-19.
They are currently fundraising and hiring staff to serve the community. They will open applications to receive assistance soon.
Goleta is a caring community, and there has never been a time that we need each more than now. Check on your neighbors, specifically the most vulnerable, to see if they need help. You may be able to pick up groceries for them or set them up with technology. Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines. You can also keep in touch with family and friends through text messages and video chat.
The County of Santa Barbara is in search of community members who would like to utilize their wisdom and talents by volunteering for various COVID-19 related projects. Volunteer assignments will be based on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of each individual volunteer and may include supporting emergency shelters, food distribution call centers, alternative care sites or other emerging needs.
Community members interested in volunteering can sign up by completing the Volunteer Registration Form found on the Santa Barbara County Public Health portal and emailing the completed form to EOCLogistics@santabarbaraca.gov or by contacting the Santa Barbara City CERT Spontaneous Volunteer Center, Monday through Friday from 10am – 2pm @ (805) 564-5780 to sign-up over the telephone.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations are also being accepted. Learn more here: https://publichealthsbc.org/volunteering-and-donations/.
Below are different volunteer opportunities available in Goleta:
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is working to ensure the nutritional health of all residents of Santa Barbara County as our community battles COVID-19. There are a number of volunteer opportunities available, including:
- help assemble pre-packed bags of food to be distributed to our community.
- help manage and receive disaster related inquiries from community members by phone. Bilingual volunteers are preferred.
- Pick up donated food and bread from local grocery stores.
- Assist with the packing and distribution of food at our new SAFE Food Net distribution sites.
- Able and willing to make face masks at home and drop them off at warehouse locations. Masks should meet CDC requirements and be in a plastic bag when dropped off.
Learn more and create a volunteer account at https://foodbanksbc.org/give-help/volunteer/.
United Boys & Girls Clubs
United Boys and Girls Clubs are a Food Bank Distribution site during this time. They could use volunteers to help bag canned goods. The Goleta location (5701 Hollister Ave) has two shifts: 11::30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Volunteer: https://sbbucketbrigade.org/volunteer/
- Need help? Click here: https://sbbucketbrigade.org/need-help/
Urgent shortage: donors needed. If you are healthy and able please consider donating blood now. As this disease continues to spread there will be significantly less people able to donate.
- Vitalant, (877) 25-VITAL, https://www.vitalant.org/Home.aspx
- American Red Cross, (800) RED CROSS, www.redcrossblood.org
California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a new website (https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/) where Californians can sign up to lend a helping hand during the pandemic through organizations like Red Cross, United Way and the California Food Banks Association. Other opportunities to volunteer include tutoring, fielding 211 calls, making face coverings, volunteering at shelters, calling to check in on seniors, translating and helping with tax prep.