This week the California Department of Public Health issued guidance lifting the Regional Stay at Home Order due to projected increasing ICU capacity. All California counties will return to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers. Santa Barbara County has returned to the Purple Tier and a Health Officer Order outlining the specific restrictions and allowances for Santa Barbara County businesses and residents took effect on Jan. 26.

The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limited non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expired with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending. Some businesses that may reopen outdoors with modifications in the purple tier include restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, museums, and zoos and aquariums. Personal care services may reopen indoors with modifications. 

The County Health Order also includes the following changes:

  • Limited gatherings are allowed but must be private, outdoors, with wear face coverings, and are limited to no more than three households.
  • Outdoor dining is allowed, but no more than ten people can be at one table or tables pushed together.
  • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs that provide sit-down meals can operate outdoors only and must follow restaurant guidelines.
  • Live music is allowed at restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, bars, pubs, breweries, and brewpubs but must be outdoor only and with physical distance.
  • Hotels, short term rentals, open with modifications
  • Campgrounds can reopen

For more information about changes in the purple tier, visit All businesses in Santa Barbara County, which are open or will be reopening, must follow all State guidance for their industry and self-certify that they are ready to reopen through completing the Online Self-Attestation Businesses that have already self-certified are not required to do so again.