Staff Report


In response to surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in California, Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered statewide closures of some indoor business operations and additional closures for counties on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days. Santa Barbara County is included on this list, found here. The Governor’s order is effective immediately. A new County Health Officer Order will be issued, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, providing more details and guidance. 

The statewide order requires the following sectors to close indoor operations:

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries, and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.

In addition, Santa Barbara County businesses are required to shut down the following operations unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up:

  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing, and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

For more information about the COVID-19 response locally, visit or call the County Call Center at 1(833) 688 – 5551.