UPDATED: Events Canceled, Restrictions Called for as Virus Fears Take Hold

Gov. Gavin Newsom

As many Santa Barbara-area business groups cancel or postpone scheduled events, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is also seeking the shutdown of bars, clubs, wineries and other non-essential gathering spots.  

However, the governor stopped short of pushing for the closure of restaurants. But he did say those more than 65 of age should “self quarantine” in their homes to reduce their exposure to the coronavirus risk. 

Coronavirus cases now have been reported in Santa Barbara County and several have been recorded in surrounding San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties, 

As for local events, the Greater Santa Barbara Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has postponed its March 20 inaugural dinner until April 24, according to co-president Miguel Avila. 

The Hospitality Legal and Regulatory Update scheduled for March 18 has been postponed, according to Stephanie Armstrong, interim chief at the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region.

The Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce has canceled or postponed six of its scheduled events through April 3. 

While cool, March rainy nights keep State Street visitors to a minimum, some night spots were still open Sunday night, even though there was an eerie feeling along the corridor. 

Ironically, as of early March 16, Hospitality Santa Barbara has a March 18 “Legal and Regulatory Update” meeting still scheduled at the Hotel Californian.

The Apple store on State Street is closed until March 27 as are most similar stores outside China, according to its website.

Posted March 16, 2020. Updated March 16, 2020.

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