Purple Tier FAQ




This guidance is effective November 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. per  Health Officer Order 2020-12.14 

The State has issued a Limited Stay at Home Order for counties in the purple tier.  Effective November 21, 2020 at 10:00 p.m., all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10:00pm PST and 5:00am PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law.  

Limited Stay at Home Order FAQ’s

What can open and what must stay closed in the Purple TIER?

Indoor with Modifications

  • Venues that are currently authorized to provide off sale beer, wine, and spirits to be consumed off premises and do not offer sit-down, dine-in meals must follow CDPH guidance for retail operations and are limited to 25% indoor capacity for retail operations only. 
  • Grocery Stores with indoor occupancy limited to 50% capacity 
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops 
  • Personal Care Services: 
    • Esthetic and skin care services 
    • Electrology services 
    • Nail services 
    • Body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops 
    • Massage services (in non-healthcare settings) 
  • Retail – 25% capacity 
  • Shopping Malls, Swap Meets: Max 25% capacity 
    • Closed common areas 
    • Reduced capacity food courts (see restaurants) 

Outdoor Only

  • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, and distilleries must follow the CDPH restaurant guidance, No more than ten (10) people may be together at one table or tables pushed together as one table.  See below for face coverings requirement. These establishments should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible. 
  • Restaurants
  • Offices for non-essential sectors (See offices allowed to stay open: Essential Workforce List) 
  • Outdoor playgrounds – only when following CDPH guidance 
  • Fitness Centers, Gyms, and Dance Studios (including those at hotels, lodging, and short-term lodging rentals)  
  • Cultural ceremonies, and places of worship, including wedding ceremonies and funeralsReceptions and parties are not permitted. 
  • Movie theaters 
  • Places of Worship:
    • discontinue singing and chanting activities 
    • At a minimum, outdoor attendance should be limited through strict physical distancing of a minimum of six feet between attendees from different households 
  • Protests: 
    • physical distancing of 6-feet to be maintained at all times, no signing or chanting, face covering required 
  • Wineries and tasting rooms must follow the CDPH restaurant guidance. 
  • Zoos, Museums, and Aquariums, and museums  
  • Cardrooms 
  • Family entertainment centers 
  • Satellite wagering sites 
  • Skating rinks (ice & roller)- outdoor only but may operate indoors at 10% capacity for individual appointments only. No open skating, groups practices, or team/club events allowed. 


  • Amphitheaters, concert halls and venues, performing arts centers
  • Amusement and theme parks
  • Arenas
  • Banquet halls
  • Climbing gyms
  • Community centers
  • Conference and convention centers
  • Dance halls, dances
  • Fairs, festivals, public exhibitions
  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Indoor Swimming Pools
  • Live performance venues, live theatre, and live performances
  • Lounges
  • Music events, concerts
  • Nightclubs including private social clubs
  • Parties and Receptions.
  • Rodeos and public equestrian events
  • Roller derby
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Sports stadiums and facilities (except as necessary for professional and intercollegiate sporting events without live audiences)

Other Modifications

Schools and Higher Education

Santa Barbara County has met the requirements to remain in the Purple TierK- 12th grade schools are not permitted return to in-person, on campus instruction. 

Schools already open may continue to provide in person instruction. Schools and school-based programs (TK-6) that are not currently open may reopen upon approval of a waiver.  

For more information on schools click here 

In-person higher education including technical schools, colleges, universities, adult education, and trade schools; 

  • Closed for indoor lectures and student gatherings 
  • Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open 
  • Distance learning is allowed. 

State Guidance: 

Institutions of Higher Education   

Youth sports

Any business who wishes to re-open must submit an attestation form before doing so. The RISE Guide and Attestation form can be found on the RecoverySBC website.

Attestation Form
Business sector guidance documents

If you have already submitted an attestation form you do not need to re-submit.


Per Santa Barbara County Health Officer Order 2020-12.4, gatherings are not allowed.

A gathering is defined as any event or convening that brings people together in a single room or single indoor or outdoor space at the same time.

Face Coverings

Face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Face coverings are required in Santa Barbara County and Statewide. 

Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Please see the full Health Officer Order for more information. 

Facial coverings with one-way valves are not permitted under the current Heath Officer Order as they permit respiratory droplets that may easily escape placing others at risk. 

State Guidance and FAQ’s: 

State guidance mandates that a face covering is required at all times when outside of the home, with some exceptions: 

Individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings in the following specific settings: 

  • Persons in a car alone or solely with members of their own household. 
  • Persons who are working in an office or in a room alone. 
  • Persons who are actively eating or drinking provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence. 
  • Persons who are outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing from others not in their household.  Such persons must have a face covering with them at all times and must put it on if they are within 6 feet of others who are not in their household. 
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service. 
  • Workers who are required to wear respiratory protection. 
  • Persons who are specifically exempted from wearing face coverings by other CDPH guidance.