Purple Tier Counties Impacted, Santa Barbara County Included

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Today, The Acting State Public Health Officer, Dr. Erica Pan, issued a Limited Stay at Home Order, effective in counties under Tier One (Purple) of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, including Santa Barbara County. The Order prohibits all gatherings and activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households between 10:00pm PST and 5:00am PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law. This order does not apply to persons experiencing homelessness.

Reducing movement and mixing of individuals is critical to decreasing transmission, hospitalizations, and deaths. In particular, activities conducted during 10:00pm to 5:00am are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures (e.g., wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance).

This order is effective on November 21, 2020, at 10:00pm PST until 5:00am PST on December 21, 2020, and may be extended or revised as needed. The County will provide further clarification on this order as needed. For more information about the COVID-19 pandemic and local guidance, visit or call 2-1-1.

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