By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

Gatherings are the most prevalent way people get COVID-19 and “super-spreader” holidays and events have often proven deadly. This weekend, please don’t let the Super Bowl become a Super Spreader event in our community! 

Best practices dictate that we gather only with those in our immediate household, but if you are having a small gathering, hold it outdoors and limit it to members from three households. Practice physical distancing and mask wearing and limit the time together to two hours.

Restaurants and other businesses are working hard to follow all the State protocols with outdoor dining. When you dine out, please maintain a safe distance from others and wear your mask when not eating or drinking.

No one wants to go back to the State’s stricter Stay at Home Order. Let’s keep moving forward so our schools can open again safely and our businesses can continue to stay open.

Please adhere to these guidelines:

  • If the Super Bowl is on while you’re enjoying an outdoor meal, keep your distance from others while watching.
  • While safest to gather only with those in your immediate household, if you are having a small gathering, hold it outdoors with no more than three households, practice physical distancing and mask wearing, and limit the time together to two hours.
  • Wear a mask whenever you leave your home.
  • Stay at least six feet apart from those outside your household.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

We are almost there Santa Barbara County, let’s keep practicing our safety precautions!