(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — The County Health Officer Henning Ansorg, M.D. has issued Health Officer Order No. 2020-8.3. This Order will be effective starting 5 p.m., Tuesday May 26, 2020 and continuing until 5 p.m., on June 30, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County of Santa Barbara Health Officer.
The Health Officer Order provides updated guidance for places of worship and providers of religious services and cultural ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, hair salons, and barbershops:
- Places of worship and providers of religious services and cultural ceremonies may:
- Provide services virtually;
- Provide services in-person, provided attendance is limited to 25% of the building capacity, or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.; and
- Operate offices for administrative support for the places of worship and providers.
- Graduations may be provided:
- Through streaming or other technology; or
- In-person if all of the following protocols are followed:
- All activity must occur outdoors. Inside ceremonies are prohibited;
- All persons attending the activity must be inside a motor vehicle occupied only be persons from the same household or living unity;
- All motor vehicles at the gathering must maintain at least a minimum distance of six feet from all other vehicles;
- Graduates may be outside the vehicle to walk across a stage, receive a diploma/award, or have a photo taken as long as social distancing of at least six feet is maintained at all times; and
- Diplomas, certificates, and programs may be distributed from school to graduate or participants in car.
- An option for schools to assemble an outdoor graduation ceremony is possible if the total number of all attendees is less than 100 people and social distancing is maintained.
- Hair salons and barbershops may provide in-person services both the worker and customer wear face coverings for the entirety of the service. Services that cannot be performed with a face covering on both the worker and customer or that require touching of the customer’s face are not allowed.
More guidance and the full Health Officer Order can be viewed here: https://publichealthsbc.org/health-officer-orders/
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