Purple Tier

Purple Tier

Santa Barbara County is currently in the Purple Tier

The Health Officer Order will go into effect on 1/26/21 at 8am. Click HERE to view the Health Officer Order

The State has lifted the regional stay at home order for all California regions formerly lower than the ICU capacity projection.  Santa Barbara County, included in the Southern California Region, is projected to be above 15% in the next four-week period, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order.

This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. Along with the majority of other counties, Santa Barbara County is in the strictest, or purple tier. Tier updates are provided by the State weekly on Tuesdays. Individual counties can choose to impose stricter rules.

100% Masking and Physical Distancing

All businesses remaining open will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing.

Outdoor Gatherings

Outdoor private gatherings are limited to persons from no more than three households. Gathering participants must wear face coverings in compliance with State and local Orders and must maintain at least six feet of distance from people from other households.

Open with restrictions:


Outdoor only with modifications.
Pick-up and delivery
is also permitted.


Retail open indoors at 25% capacity and grocery stores at 50% capacity

Places of Worship

Open indoors with modifications at 25% capacity

Limited Services

Open with modifications

Museums, Zoos and Aquariums

Outdoor only with modifications

Shopping Centers

Open indoors with modifications: 25% capacity, closed common areas, closed food courts.

Gym and Fitness Studios

Outdoor only with modifications

Movie Theaters

Outdoor only with modifications


Open with indoor capacity limited to 25%

Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering

Outdoor only with modifications


Outdoor only with modifications


Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 

Personal Care Services

Open indoors with modifications

Hotels and Lodging

Open with modifications

Outdoor Recreation

Open with modifications

Professional Sports

Open without live audiences and with modifications.

Family Entertainment Centers

Mini golf, Kart Racing, Batting Cages: outdoor only with modifications.


Amusement Parks

Live Audience Sports

Bars, Breweries and Distilleries

(where no meal provided) Follow restaurant guidance where meal is provided.

Staying Safe in the Purple Tier

Click the image to download this infographic.

California's Color-Coded Tier System