Santa Barbara County Announces Emergency Business Restrictions

California officials said Nov. 16 transmission rates of COVID-19 were rising at a startling rate. So, Santa Barbara County was moved to the most restrictive stage. 

“We are expecting the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to issue orders to conform with this decision within the next 24 hours,” officials said. “With the assumption that the county health order is in alignment with previously published documents, we expect the following changes to immediately affect our local business community:”

  • Hotel and lodging businesses would close fitness centers (pools would remain open) 
  • Retail store occupancy would be reduced from 50 percent to 25 percent of capacity 
  • Mall food courts would be closed, while retail would remain open 
  • Movie theaters would close indoor facilities 
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums would cease indoor activities, while outdoor activities would continue 
  • Restaurants (including bars and tasting rooms that serve food) would close all indoor dining, while outdoor dining would continue.

Posted Nov. 16, 2020.

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