Facial Coverings

FACE COVERINGS

Beginning Tuesday, June 15, 2021 masks will no longer be required in most settings for fully vaccinated persons. While masks are no longer required outdoors, they are still required for everyone at mega events, work locations, public transportation, and some other settings.  Businesses may still choose to require masks to be worn by patrons. For this reason, Santa Barbara county residents should always have a mask available. The State’s guidance for masks can be found here.

WHEN ARE FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED AND WHO MUST CONTINUE TO WEAR THEM?

Unvaccinated individuals

  • Indoor public settings and businesses including: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status

  • Public transit
  • Indoors in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings
  • Healthcare settings & long-term care facilities
  • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
  • Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers
  • Mega Events

Guidance for Businesses, Venue Operators or Hosts

In settings where masks are required only for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to:

  • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
  • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
  • Require all patrons to wear masks.

No person can be prevented from wearing a mask as a condition of participation in an activity or entry into a business.

Frequently Asked Questions about Face Coverings