Starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 17, Santa Barbara County will move into the Red Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Most notably, the new designation allows for additional businesses to operate indoors or expand their indoor capacity. 

Though the County remains above the adjusted case rate threshold of 7 per 100,000, the State has restructured its metrics after surpassing 2 million vaccinations. The expanded color-coded tiers allow for Santa Barbara to enter the Red Tier with an adjusted case rate of 7.7 per 100,000 population, a 3.3% testing positivity rate, and a 5.1 health equity rating.

When the County releases a new Health Officer Order, it may include more restrictive guidelines that those outlined in the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which can be found at