As COVID-19 cases surge and threaten to overwhelm hospitals, the state is preparing to implement its new Regional Stay Home Order tomorrow. Regions where the ICU capacity is 15 percent or less will be required to adopt new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. Santa Barbara County is part of the Southern California Region, which is currently at 20.6% ICU capacity and trending downward. 
The Regional Stay Home Order will close several sectors, but retailers can remain open with limited capacity. Hair salons, barbershops, and personal care services just close. Hotels and lodging will only be allowed to open for critical infrastructure support, and restaurants and breweries must only offer take-out, pick-up, or delivery. Schools that are already open may remain open. Additional details are available at