Beyond the Blueprint in Santa Barbara County
On June 15, 2021 the State of California reopened and discontinued the color-coded tier structure that helped the state manage COVID-19 in our counties. Local Health Officer Orders will not be issued for COVID-19 related community guidance. Santa Barbara County will continue to monitor and report case-related statistics and follow guidelines issued through the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
The State guidelines, applicable locally, can be accessed at the following links:
If at any time the County of Santa Barbara decides that a new Health Office Order is needed to distinguish local guidance from the overall State guidance the public will be informed. Santa Barbara County is aligned with the State of California and does not have any additional restrictions.
All business sectors may return to usual operations (with limited exceptions for Mega Events). Employers are subject to the current Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), if applicable to them.
The state will continue to monitor the transmission and effects of COVID-19 and its many variants.
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard will continue to be updated.
Masking Requirements and Guidance
Masks are not required in most settings, except where required for All People (exceptions listed below)
Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public)
Workplace: Masks must continue to be worn indoors and in vehicles for unvaccinated employees. Employees in certain indoor settings must wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status if required by CDPH. Cal/OSHA made revisions to their COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), effective June 17.
Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people must wear masks in these settings:
- Public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares)
- Transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation)
- K-12 schools, childcare facilities and other youth settings (indoors)
- Businesses that choose to require masks for all customers
- Healthcare settings (including long-term care facilities)
- Homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers
- Correctional facilities and detention centers
Vaccination Verification Guidance for Businesses, Venues or Hosts
- 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 (i.e. honor system).
- Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
- Require all patrons to wear masks
General Restrictions Applying to Indoor & Outdoor Settings
- No restrictions for attendees, customers and guests
- Schools should keep student desks at least 3 feet apart
Mega events are large public events where attendance may exceed 5,000 persons for indoor or 10,000 persons for outdoor events.
- Examples of indoor mega events include conventions, conferences, expos, sporting events and concerts.
- Examples of outdoor mega events include music or food festivals, car shows, large endurance events and marathons, parades, sporting events and concerts.
- Required for indoor mega events
- Strongly recommended for outdoor mega events
- Everyone should get vaccinated when eligible.
- Indoor spaces should be well ventilated (i.e., open all windows and doors to increase natural air flow), following current CDPH and CalOSHA guidance.
- Everyone should sign up for CA Notify as an added layer of protection for themselves and the community to receive alerts when they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
CDPH will continue to provide updated guidance for healthcare settings and other high-risk congregate settings.