Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the City of Carpinteria will reinstate emergency parking restrictions to discourage large gatherings and slow the transmission of the coronavirus. These include 2-hour parking limits and parking closures, as well as the temporary resident parking permit program near City beaches. The State Beach will also close its day use parking area. 

These measures are a response to steeply rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Santa Barbara County and throughout the State of California. Some coastal counties have closed beaches entirely for the holiday weekend, and there is concern that local beaches will experience additional pressure as a result. The Santa Barbara County Health Officer has decided not to close County beaches at this time. 

Over the holiday weekend, the City will be enforcing a two-hour parking time limit on specific streets from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. These limits will apply to streets within the Beach Neighborhood and portions of the Concha Loma neighborhood. Residents of these neighborhoods will be provided with parking permits that must be displayed to avoid enforcement of two-hour limits.

Additionally, the City will once again create “no parking” areas on some portions of downtown streets that are heavily used for beach access. These include portions of Linden Avenue, Fifth Street, Palm Avenue, Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street. Parking lots will be closed at the ends of Linden, Elm, Holly and Ash avenues.

“We appreciate that this late decision will create challenges for some of our residents, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” said Carpinteria City Manager Dave Durflinger. “We considered many variables in our decision to reinstate parking restrictions, and we ask our residents to bear with us as we respond to rapidly changing conditions, many of which are outside of our control. Please make safe and healthy decisions for yourself and your family this holiday weekend.”

See maps of affected areas HERE.