Health Officer Order to be Issued  

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released guidance directing that counties on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days to close indoor operations for sectors that promote the mixing of populations beyond households and create environments where physical distancing and wearing face coverings is difficult. The County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg, will issue a health officer order mandating the closure of the following industries:

  • Bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs
  • Indoor Dine-in restaurants
  • Indoor Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
  • Indoor Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Zoos and Museums
  • Indoor Cardrooms

The health officer order will be finalized and issued tomorrow, July 2 with further details. Closures will take full effect as early as July 2, 2020 at 5 p.m. Emergency permits for food service will no longer be allowed in any of the listed sectors. This guidance is to stay in place for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to extension based on epidemiologic indicators.

“We advise local businesses to prepare for these newly announced closures,” shared Dr. Henning Ansorg. “We know that indoor settings with close crowds, as typically seen on holiday weekends, can create an unfavorable environment for the transmission of this virus. Please limit your exposure to people outside your home and wear your face covering when needed.”

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