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Learn about important information including Federal, State, and local assistance programs available to small business owners and employers. Please check out the County of Santa Barbara’s updated list of new programs and policies that may impact your business.

If you are a small business owner, employer, employee or a resident and you are interested in assistance that is specifically targeted to individuals and workers, please check out these resources.


The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides local fiscal aid to support urgent COVID-19 response efforts, cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue and mitigate economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic.


This Health Officer Order No. 2021-10.4 supersedes and replaces Health Officer Order No. 2021-10.3 that was effective August 6, 2021. Nothing in this Health Officer Order supersedes State Executive Orders or State Heath Officer Orders or guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health. Effective date: September 5, 2021

On July 9, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its updated recommendations for K-12 schools. The following guidance applies CDC’s recommendations to the California context, in order to help K-12 schools formulate and implement plans for safe, successful, and full in-person instruction in the 2021-22 school year.

Local & State Health Orders

Find local and state health orders that may affect your business here. Health orders can have an impact on when businesses may reopen, how goods and services may be delivered to the public and if there are any special health-related requirements of businesses or the general public.

Small Business & Community Partnership Enhancement Program

Want to take your business outdoors? Check out this special allowance that provides businesses or other organizations to expand into adjacent public right-of-way outdoor areas in the unincorporated areas of the county.