Stay at Home Order

Stay At Home Order

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement tonight (March 19, 2020), the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health is ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.  This was done to prevent the further spread of COVID 19 in the state.

Flattening the Curve

Each and every one of us, both businesses and residents, must do our part by practicing social distancing and taking common sense infection control precautions. We urgently need to flatten the curve of COVID-19 in order to keep our hospitals and emergency rooms from becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Flattening the curve requires conscientious social distancing efforts by all Santa Barbara County residents during this time of crisis. Our collective efforts during this pandemic can literally save the lives of our loved ones and most vulnerable residents.


How long will we stay home?

This goes into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice.

What can I do? What’s open?

Santa Barbara County submitted an attestation for variation from Stage 2 of the Governor’s Resilience Roadmap. County officials worked with the California Department of Public Health to safely open more workplaces and submitted the County’s Variance plan on Tuesday, May 19th, the variation was approved on Wednesday, May 20th.

Please see the Business Resources Page for abbreviated information and guidance regarding the County’s Progress in the Governor’s Plan. For more in-depth information, please see the Santa Barbara County Health Officer Orders.