Facial Coverings


Santa Barbara County follows the State Guidance for the Use of Face Masks.

Updates as of September 20, 2022:

  • Shifts from a strong recommendation for the general population,  in all indoor settings at all times to use of CDC Community Levels to help inform masking recommendations, which is consistent with August 11th CDC updated recommendations 
  • Aligns correctional facilities with current CDC recommendations (CDC updated guidance on May 3rd) which notes that correctional facilities may make masks optional when CDC community levels are low. 
  • Aligns recommendations for homeless sheltersemergency shelters and cooling centers to the above recommendation for correctional facilities, i.e.,  also shifts from requirements to  masking recommendations in these settings when CDC community levels are low
  • Updated guidance is effective September 23, 2022.

Masking recommendations in general community settings, including public transit and transit hubs:
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including all primary series doses and boosters.
  • If you’ve been exposed, wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Stay home when sick and know what to do if you have been infected with COVID-19, including seeking treatment early.
  • Test if you are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Improve ventilation and air quality in their setting.
  • Wash hands regularly.
  • Sign up for CA Notify to receive alerts when you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.