What is the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy?
The Blueprint for a Safer Economy incorporates new data and research about the disease. The Blueprint has replaced the County Data Monitoring List for determining which businesses can and cannot open. By adopting the Blueprint, the State has made it easier for counties to see how changes affect the disease’s trajectory and for businesses and customers to plan ahead. Within the Blueprint, every County is categorized based on its case rate and its positivity rate. Learn more HERE.
Will beaches be open over Labor Day weekend?
All Santa Barbara beaches will be open for active recreation ONLY between Friday, Sept. 4 and Monday, Sept. 7. No sitting, laying, standing, or picnicking will be allowed. Also, some public parking lots will be closed to discourage beach use. These include beach lots at street ends in the Beach Neighborhood, as well as the angled parking on the east side of Linden Avenue between the railroad tracks and the beach.
Are face-covering required in the City of Carpinteria?
A statewide face covering order requires all individuals age 2 and over to wear face coverings within businesses and outdoors when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Additional details are available HERE. Free face coverings can be obtained at the Santa Barbara County Administration building lobby (105 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara) and at the Santa Barbara Health Care Center (345 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara).
What parking restrictions are in place now?
City of Carpinteria Code Compliance Officers have resumed enforcement of normal timed and street sweeping parking limits. Emergency parking restrictions implemented by the City to discourage congestion at beaches have all been lifted.
How do I reopen my business?
With permission from the State of California, the County of Santa Barbara has taken several steps in the reopening process. In-dining restaurants, retail and shopping malls in Santa Barbara County, including the City of Carpinteria, are allowed to open. Additionally, as of May 26 at 5 p.m., hair salons, barbershops, and places of worship may reopen with modifications. Businesses that are allowed to reopen must do so under the condition that they follow safety guidance provided by the State, including developing a protection plan, checklist, and online attestation. Businesses that have been in operation during the pandemic also must complete these requirements by June 5. The County of Santa Barbara has provided all currently available industry guidance by stage of reopening in accordance with the State’s Resiliency Roadmap. More info.
How do I know if a business is certified for reopening?
The County of Santa Barbara has released an interactive map at https://bit.ly/2CuTDl7 that identifies businesses which have gone through the County process and received their certification for reopening. Map users can scroll through the county and magnify cities and neighborhoods of interest. Additionally, the search tool can be used to locate a business by typing in its name or address. Businesses identified with check marks have met the requirements for reopening.
Where can I get my questions answered about reopening in Carpinteria in English and Spanish?
Where can I find updates on COVID-19 data in SB County?
Daily status reports are posted at https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/ SB County reopening metrics are posted at https://publichealthsbc.org/santa-barbara-county-reopening-metrics/
Can I expand my business onto sidewalks & parking areas?
The City of Carpinteria has implemented a temporary COVID-19 outdoor business permit program to allow businesses to operate in the City right-of-way and other privately owned outdoor spaces. Businesses can apply for permission to use sidewalks and parking areas for restaurant seating, retail merchandise or other permitted operations.
To be eligible, businesses must complete the self-certification process through the County of Santa Barbara. Businesses interested in expanding onto private property, such as private parking lots and walkways, can learn more HERE. Businesses interested in expanding into public right-of-ways, including sidewalks and parking spaces, can learn more HERE. To find out more, contact Joshua Patricio at (805) 755-4445.