The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many aspects of life in Carpinteria. We are making every effort to connect the public with information about these impacts.

Public Parks, Trails, Beaches

Public parks, trails and beaches remain open to the public, but social distancing and mask wearing must be practiced in these spaces. City playgrounds are now closed per California’s Regional Stay Home Order. Barbecue areas are currently closed.

Residents who witness public gatherings in violation of social distancing orders are encouraged to contact Code Compliance Supervisor Ron Alonzo at (805) 755-4408 or the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at 805-683-2724 .

Community Pool

The Community Pool has reopened for very limited swimming in a manner consistent with State and County Public Health Orders. A limited number of swimmers are allowed to use the pool at once, and reservations must be made in advance HERE. Swimmers can reserve one-hour time slots and will be allowed 45 minutes of swim time. Time slots open for reservations 24 hours in advance. Patrons must come showered and dressed for swimming; locker rooms are closed and a restroom will be available only for restroom use. Contact Matt Roberts with questions at (805) 755-4449 or

Carpinteria State Beach

Camping facilities at Carpinteria State Beach reopened with the lifting of the State’s Regional Stay Home Order on Jan. 25. Group campsites are closed.

Vacation Rentals/Hotels & Motels

Lodging facilities in the City of Carpinteria are now permitted to allow visitors.

Face-covering requirements

A statewide face covering requirement mandates that masks be worn at all times in indoor businesses and any time outdoors when one is likely to be in proximity to others. 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). For more information, visit

Grocery Shopping

Both of Carpinteria’s grocery stores are open and have designated shopping hours for seniors and the immunosuppressed as follow:

  • Albertsons, 6-7 a.m. daily
  • Smart & Final, 7:30 to 8 a.m. daily

Carpinteria Unified School District

CUSD elementary schools are operating in a hybrid model made up of part-time in-person instruction and part-time distance learning. CUSD middle and high schools are operating at 100% distance learning at this point.

Carpinteria Children’s Project Cares Line

CCP invites all members of the Carpinteria community who need help or have a question to call (805) 203-6648 or email Food, finances, health, mental health, loneliness, parenting. Leave a message and someone will call you back. The call may come from a blocked number – please know that may be CCP.

Carpinteria Community Calendar

Carpinteria Children’s Project hosts an online calendar where events and activities of all kinds are made available to the whole community. Anyone can post a calendar listing. Events held in Spanish are listed on the calendar in Spanish. If an organization posts a paid activity, they will be asked to pay a small fee.

The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center

The Arts Center is offering free virtual art activities online.

Carpinteria Branch Library

All branches of the Santa Barbara Library System are closed until further notice. Library patrons can reserve books online and pick them up at the library on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Library card holders can also stream and download content through the website, which also offers learning at home resources for parents and children.

Carpinteria Health Care Center

The Carpinteria Clinic is still operating and serving patients with essential needs. Patients should call before visiting the clinic at 931 Walnut Ave. in order to ensure staff members are prepared to receive the patient.

(805) 560-1050

Parking Enforcement

The City of Carpinteria is enforcing regular parking restrictions at this time.

Department of Motor Vehicles

DMV has reopened select offices to assist customers with existing appointments and with limited select transactions that require an in-person visit. Customers are required to wear a facial covering to enter the office. Check the DMV’s Online Services page for ways to complete your DMV business today. DMV has extended all driver licenses that expire between March and May 2020 and has expanded eligibility to renew online.

Metropolitan Transportation District (MTD)

MTD is offering no fee services during the pandemic. Currently Carpinteria bus line 20 remains in service, but the Seaside Shuttle was removed from service until further notice.


The Pacific Surfliner that operates between San Luis Obispo and San Diego is now running on a reduced schedule. The most up-to-date schedules are available when booking a trip on and in the mobile app.

HELP of Carpinteria

HELP has temporarily suspended its transportation service in order to follow the Governor’s orders to social distance. HELP has entered into a partnership with Easy Lift to provide its riders with services.

(805) 681-1181

Easy Lift Transportation

Easy Lift is continuing to provide transportation services for people with limited mobility. Call (805) 681-1181.

Trash Collection

Items intended for solid waste pick-up that are outside of bins may not be collected. This effort will allow haulers to remain in their vehicles, thus reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Carpinteria Post Office

The post office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The post office is closed daily from 1 to 2 p.m. for employee lunch.

We are making every effort to keep this information current and accurate despite the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact us if you have information to add or corrections to the information provided. Email