The County of Santa Barbara has announced that it will begin creating a plan for a strategic phased re-opening that complies with State and National guidance. As outlined during an April 21 COVID-19 update to the Board of Supervisors, development of the reopening plan is expected to take four to six weeks. The plan will include steps to target infection containment under less restrictive orders. A team made up of government, school, and business stakeholders will be formed to participate in drafting the document.  

Until a plan is approved to instruct policy changes, existing restrictions will remain in place in Santa Barbara County, including within the City of Carpinteria. Residents and businesses must continue to practice social distancing and follow stay-at-home orders in order to slow the spread of the virus. Implementation of a reopening plan will be jeopardized or delayed if new cases of the disease continue to be confirmed. Though currently the rate of new COVID-19 cases in Santa Barbara County has plateaued, the number of total confirmed cases continues to rise daily. A consistent decline in cases, along with several other key indicators outlined at https://bit.ly/3bwlttT are prerequisites to easing restrictions.