(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) –Santa Barbara County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a Health Officer Order continuing the closure of certain indoor business operations, addition of new closures and clarification of gatherings.  This Order is effective today at 5 p.m. and continues until 5 p.m. on September 10, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

As required by the Health Officer Order the following sectors must continue to close indoor operations:

  • Gyms and Fitness centers;
  • Places of Worship;
  • Protests;
  • Offices for non-essential critical infrastructure;
  • Personal care services, such as nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors;
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

Additionally, the following businesses have been added to the list of businesses which must keep physical locations closed:

  • In-person higher education including technical schools, colleges, universities, adult education, and trade schools. Indoor lectures are prohibited.  Courses offered in specialized indoor settings (e.g. labs, studios, arts), whose design imposes substantial physical distancing on participants are permitted when following the Stated issued guidance.  Distance learning is allowed;
  • Parties and Receptions. Outdoor wedding ceremonies (religious or non-religious) are permitted so long as the State guidance for Places of Worship is followed.  Indoor ceremonies are not allowed at this time.  Receptions for weddings are not allowed;
  • Rodeos and public equestrian events;
  • Organized sports and team sports including adult, amateur (non-professional) team sports, and indoor and drills, except professional sports without a live audience and youth sports training and conditioning when following State guidelines

Gatherings are not allowed whether small or large.  Gatherings are defined as an event or convening that brings together people from different households in a single room or space at the same time in any indoor or outdoor space whether public or private. Gathering exemptions include:

  • While in a work setting which is allowed while maintaining physical distancing;
  • Outdoor recreational activities while maintaining six feet distance from others. Examples include walking, cycling, jogging and hiking;
  • Congregate living situations including dormitories and homeless encampments;
  • Outdoor worship services, wedding ceremonies, outdoor cultural ceremonies or outdoor protests, when physical distancing of six feet is maintained.

The full Health Officer Order can be found here.  For more information about COVID-19 and the response locally, please visit or call the County Call Center at 1-833-688-5551.

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