Red Tier 2021

Red Tier

Santa Barbara County is currently in the RED Tier

Effective 8 a.m. on March 17, 2021

The State has announced that the County of Santa Barbara has entered the Red Tier.  With the new Health Equity Goals for vaccination in place, and the State having met the requirement of 2 million people vaccinated in California’s lowest Health Places Index (HPI) quartile, the threshold for case rates for the Red Tier has changed to be 4.0 – 10.0 daily new cases (per 100k) per day which Santa Barbara County has met.

The action authorizes the County of Santa Barbara to allow more indoor business operations, according to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.  However, the County Health Officer urges businesses, entities, and residents to continue exercising caution even as certain restrictions are lifted by the State.

Open with restrictions:


Open indoor operations at
25% capacity or 100 people,
whichever is fewer


Retail open indoors at 50% capacity and grocery stores at 100% capacity

Places of Worship

Open indoors with modifications at 25% capacity

Museums, Zoos and Aquariums

Open indoors at 25% capacity with modifications


Open with indoor capacity limited to 25%-50%

Weddings and Receptions

Indoor wedding ceremonies are permitted with modifications and occupancy must be limited to 25% capacity. Outdoor wedding ceremony capacity is limited to the venue permitting the required physical distancing of six feet. Receptions are permitted outdoors only for up to three households, including host and guests.

Shopping Centers

Open indoors with modifications at 50% maximum capacity, closed common areas, reduced capacity food areas

Gym and Fitness Studios

Open indoor operations at 10% capacity

Limited Services

Open with modifications (Laundromats, dry cleaners, auto repair shops, car washes, landscapers, door-to-door sales services, pet grooming, dog walking, etc.)

Movie Theaters

Open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

Family Entertainment Centers

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

Cardrooms and Satellite Wagering

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.
Indoor pools, hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms
must remained closed

Outdoor Recreation

Open with modifications

Professional Sports

Open without live audiences and with modifications.

Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries

Outdoor only with modifications


Amusement Parks

Live Audience Sports


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

To keep yourself, your family, your friends and neighbors, and our broader community safe, follow these core principles:

1.    Stay outdoors. Outdoor activities are far safer than indoor ones. Limit to three households.

2.    Stay masked. Consistent use of face coverings both indoors and outdoors, especially double-masking, is very effective at preventing spread of the coronavirus.

3.    Maintain at least 6-foot distance from others. Social distancing from those who do not live with you is effective at keeping the coronavirus away.

4.    Avoid crowds. The fewer people you encounter and the fewer interactions you have, the lower the chance the virus will spread.

5.    Get vaccinated when it is your turn. All federally approved vaccines work well and will help keep you, your family, and your friends safe.

Staying Safe in the RED Tier

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California's Color-Coded Tier System