Regional Stay Home Order lifted

On Jan. 25, 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.

State returns to Blueprint for a Safer Economy

Following the Regional Stay at Home Orders, the State of California has reimplemented the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Blueprint determines which businesses can and cannot open.  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.

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. (NOTE: while the winter stay at home order is in effect, outdoor and indoor dining are not permitted at restaurants or brewery tasting rooms.)

To be eligible for expanded operations, 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.