Santa Barbara County and the City of Carpinteria are implementing reopening plans that are consistent with the State of California’s guidance. If loosened restrictions lead to increases in COVID-19 cases, it is possible that a re-tightening will occur.

State releases 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 about the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy HERE.

How to reopen your SB County Business

With permission from the State of California, the County of Santa Barbara has taken several steps in the reopening process. The County of Santa Barbara has provided all currently available industry guidance by stage of reopening in accordance with the State’s Resiliency Roadmap. The goal is a create a safe clean environment for workers and customers. Business may use effective or innovative methods to build on the guidance.

Businesses already open: how to comply?

Businesses that have been in operation during the pandemic must complete an industry site specific COVID-19 protection plan, checklist, and attestation.

Carpinteria Reopening FAQ & Signage

The City of Carpinteria has compiled frequently asked questions and signage for local businesses in English and Spanish.

Childcare providers eligible for Restart Grant

The City of Carpinteria is now accepting applications for a third round of the COVID-19 Relief Small Business Restart Grant Program. In this round, licensed daycare/childcare businesses can receive up to $1,000 to help cover costs related to running their businesses with COVID-19 health and safety requirements in place. Eligible businesses must be licensed childcare providers located in the City of Carpinteria. The application form is available at and must be completed and submitted by Oct. 23.

How to expand your biz 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.

Santa Barbara County RISE Guide

To support implementation of Governor Newsom’s Resilience 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 and public health experts and supported by feedback from many sectors of the community to create a science-based framework for residents, businesses and organizations by which to reopen in a staged manner, while prioritizing public health and protecting our most vulnerable populations.

The RISE Guide

Resilience Roadmap for state reopening

The State of California’s Relilience Roadmap provides guidelines that counties must adhere to in their own reopening plans.

SB County Workplace Readiness Checklist

This checklist is designed to help businesses to comply with Covid-19 pandemic guidelines to provide safe service to customers and employees.

Social Distancing Business Protocol Form

Santa Barbara County requires businesses that are allowed to be open to implement all the applicable measures listed in this form.

Industry-specific guidances and checklists

Broken down by industry, these guidances and checklists will help SB County businesses prepare to reopen, and for those that have been open in the remain in compliance.