California Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all Californians to stay home to disrupt the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective yesterday, the order will remain in place until further notice.

The Governor’s order allows individuals to leave their homes as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction. When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, they should at all times practice social distancing.

Essential services to remain open

Services that will remain open during this critical period include gas stations, pharmacies, food outlets (grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants), banks, and laundromats/laundry services. Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

Impacts on City operations

The City of Carpinteria remains committed to providing essential local government services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine cases of the virus have now been identified in Santa Barbara County, and we are taking very seriously the Governor’s orders to reduce the spread of disease and protect our healthcare system from being overwhelmed.

We appreciate your patience, cooperation, and understanding as we respond to a fluid situation that requires changes to the ways we deliver services to the Carpinteria community. Normal City operations and services will resume when circumstances allow.

City Parks impacts

  • Carpinteria Community Pool is closed
  • City park children’s play areas and equipment are closed at Memorial, Franklin Creek, Heath Ranch, El Carro, and Monte Vista parks and Tomol Interpretive Play Area.
  • Park BBQ rentals have been suspended.

City parks, open spaces and trails will remain open to the public, and their maintenance and upkeep will continue with daily cleaning services for Park restrooms. Please leash your dog and maintain a six-foot distance from other persons.

City service closures/changes

Though City Hall remains open for business via phone and email, our staff’s focus will now be on essential services. This has resulted in modifications or suspension of non-essential services and may impair our staff’s ability to be as responsive as we would be under normal circumstances. Please understand that we are working very hard to maintain services while keeping residents safe and healthy.

  • The Public Service Counter (Planning Permits, Building Permits Engineering Permits and Park Rentals) is closed. Planning and Engineering staff will continue to operate via email and phone communications. Routine activities such as applying for, or issuing permits, licenses, and similar functions may be affected. To make arrangements for these services, please call (805) 684-5405.
  • Public Meetings: Non-essential public meetings will be postponed or cancelled. The City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23 at 5:30 p.m. will be held, and residents are encouraged to participate remotely by streaming the meeting at http://www.carpinteria.ca.us/videos/streaming.shtml and/or submitting comments in advance to the City Clerk at PublicComment@ci.carpinteria.ca.us.
  • Building and Planning Inspections: Building and Planning inspections will continue at the discretion of the Building Inspector/Plans Examiner and Planners consistent with social distancing practices.
  • Code Compliance Activities: In-person code enforcement interactions with the public will be limited as much as possible.
  • Parking regulations: City of Carpinteria Code Compliance Officers will suspend vehicle ticketing in areas posted for street sweeping and timed parking. Enforcement of disabled parking, red, yellow, and passenger loading zones will continue to be enforced.
  • Payment of Permit and License Fees: To arrange for payments to the City, please contact Ashley Chaparro at (805) 880-3406.

Additional resources

We understand that residents will have questions and will seek clarifications related to the Governor’s Order. The following resources are available:

  • The SB County Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (833) 688-5551.
  • The 2-1-1 information line can be reached by dialing 211 from the 805 area code.
  • SB County offers a recorded information line is available at (805) 681-4373.
    The SB County Behavioral Wellness access line is available 24/7 at (888) 868-1649.

The City of Carpinteria will continue to provide updates related to coronavirus. For more information about COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, please visit www.publichealthsbc.org.