The County of Santa Barbara has provided all currently available industry guidance in accordance with the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The goal is to create a safe clean environment for workers and customers. California has revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. Review the guidance that is relevant to your workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for your industry, and put it into action. When complete, you can post the industry-specific checklist in your workplace to show your customers and your employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.
All businesses and facilities must follow the items listed here before reopening:
Upon reviewing the guidance, perform a detailed risk assessment in accordance with the state guidelines for your industry and prepare a COVID-19 protection plan based on the guidance.
Implement a site-specific COVID-19 protection plan. This must be kept on site and readily available
Review your industry specific guidance and complete your industry specific checklist (see below).
Post the industry specific checklist and the attestation at your business to show your customers and employees you have reduced the risk and are open for business.
Upon completing your attestation, an official from your local jurisdiction (city or county) may conduct a site visit. Business should consult their jurisdiction to determine additional code requirements for their specific industry.
Santa Barbara County is currently TIER 1 – PURPLE / WIDESPREAD
New stay at home requirements for counties in the purple tier:
COVID-19 is increasing at alarming rates in California and we all need to do our part to stop the surge. As of November 21, 2020, and effective until December 21, 2020, the State requires all non-essential work and activities stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties in the Widespread (purple) tier. Read more in the limited stay at home order.
See how your industry is affected under each tier of the framework: Industry List by Tier
*Note: The County of Santa Barbara does not allow for any gatherings at this time, regardless of tier assessment.
Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and lounges are closed unless food is served as a sit-down meal with transaction in order to follow Dine-In Restaurant Tier restrictions. See Dine-In Restaurant Section for information on Temporary Emergency Food Permits. Wineries and tasting rooms are limited to outdoor operation and curbside pick-up, unless serving sit-down meals in order to follow Dine-in Restaurant Tier restrictions.
A cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment. The group stays together for all activities, including meals and recreation. And this group avoids contact with anyone not in their group. Guidance and directives related to schools, childcare, day camps, youth sports, and institutions of higher education are not superseded by this guidance for cohorts of children and youth and still apply to those specified settings. If you are operating a Cohort under this guidance, please complete this attestation that would complement your main business attestation (i.e., schools, childcare, day camps, youth sports or higher education).
Professional sports venues will operate without audiences and will need to follow the guidance and processes of both office workspaces and retail outlets. However, there will only be one attestation to be completed.
School sports programs attest as part of Schools and School-Based Programs. Higher Education athletic programs see instructions under Higher Education.
Outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating are not permitted at this time. Conditioning and training should take place outside, where practicable, and indoor sports activities should follow local guidance for gyms and fitness centers, including requirements for physical distancing, face coverings, and occupancy.
Indoor physical conditioning is allowed only in counties where gyms and fitness centers are allowed to operate indoors.
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has made health and safety infographics and signage available for businesses seeking to reopen. These PDFs can be downloaded and printed. Signage can be placed in your place of business to alert customers of your efforts to secure the environment while ensuring the health and safety of your staff.
If you want the County to investigate potential violations of the Protection Plan Protocols or the health order currently in effect, please complete this form with as much information as possible. Complaints received online will be reviewed and addressed on the next business day. If your complaint involves an immediate public health concern or is a threat to life or safety, please call (805) 683-2724.