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.

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. 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.

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 by June 5.

Carpinteria Reopening FAQ & Signage

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

COVID-19 Relief Small Business Restart Grant Program

In an effort to help small local businesses reopen their doors safely, the City of Carpinteria is launching the COVID-19 Relief Small Business Restart Grant Program. The new program will provide $1,000 grants to up to 100 local businesses seeking financial support to meet guidelines for a safe reopening. The goal is to offset costs associated with efforts such as cleaning and sanitation, purchase of face coverings, and other personal protective gear. Any business or nonprofit that meets the requirements may submit an application from June 3 to 9. Eligibility requirements and additional details can be found in a letter to businesses in English and in Spanish and the grant application in English and Spanish.

Sidewalk dining & retail program

The City of Carpinteria is implementing 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 or retail merchandise. To be eligible, businesses must complete the self-certification process through the County of Santa Barbara. City staff will be visiting local businesses to provide detailed information to shop and eatery owners. Additional details are available in the full ordinance at Businesses interested in expanding onto private property, such as private parking lots, can learn more HERE. Businesses interested in expanding into public right-of-ways, including sidewalks and parking spaces, can learn more HERE.

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.