Increased Restrictions on Food Service

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

To provide clarity to select businesses in the County of Santa Barbara regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 19, 2020 “stay well at home” executive order, Santa Barbara County Health Officer Henning Ansorg, M.D. has issued a Health Officer Order. It will be effective starting 5:00 p.m., Sunday April 5, 2020 until 5:00 p.m., on May 4, 2020, unless extended.

The new order stipulates the following for its duration:

1. Food facilities must offer food to go only, and comply with hygiene and social distancing standards or be subject to permit suspension and mandatory closure.

a. Food Facilities; Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and coffee shops may only remain open to offer food for pick-up, delivery, or drive-thru.

b. All food must be in containers.

c. Food must be consumed off-site. No provision for on-site dining allowed.

d. All food workers must wear facial covers (covering nose and mouth) supplied by the employer and maintained in a clean, sanitary manner.

e. Six-foot spacing must be maintained between customers.

f. Workers may not work while ill.

g. Food facility employees or volunteers who have had symptoms of COVID-19 shall return to work only when they have been free of symptoms for at least 72 hours without medication AND at least seven (7) days have elapsed since the onset of symptoms.

h. The Health Officer recommends that food facility operators actively screen all workers, volunteers, and outside vendors for COVID-19 symptoms upon each individual's arrival at the food facility. Individuals who exhibit symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as defined by the Santa Barbara County Health Officer shall be immediately excluded from the facility.


2. The following businesses are ordered to close without exception;

a. Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food;

b. Movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and arcades;

c. Gyms, and fitness centers, and aquatic centers;

d. Wineries, breweries, and tap rooms that provide tastings;

e. Trophy shops or trophy businesses;

f. Tattoo parlors, tattoo businesses, tattoo artists, and body art facilities;

g. Barbers, hair salons, and hairstylists;

h. Campgrounds and RV parks, public and private. Only those who certify that the RV is their primary residence may be permitted to stay in the RV park;

i. Nail salons, manicurists, and pedicurists to close except for medical necessity e.g. medical treatment for diabetes;

j. Day spas and massage parlors, except as required for prescribed medical treatment.

3. In addition, the following must close:

a. Swimming pools, hot tubs, spas, saunas, steam rooms (except those in a single-family residence or medical setting, with medically prescribed therapy carried out with individuals 6 feet apart);

This Order is intended to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19, thereby slowing the spread of COVID-19. Violation or failure to comply may constitute a misdemeanor punishable by fine up to $1000, imprisonment, or both. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including fines or civil penalties per violation per day, injunctive relief, and attorneys' fees and costs.

The Health Officer Order can be viewed in full here.

Additionally, a Health Officer Order was issued this past week stating requirements for all individuals entering certain licensed facilities and other agencies to be temperature screened, require a self-evaluation, and prohibited entry to facilities as needed. Read the full Order here.

Stay Connected:

County Public Health:, Twitter and Facebook County of Santa Barbara:, Twitter, Facebook County Call Center: (833) 688-5551, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 2-1-1 Call Center: Dial 211 or outside the area, call (800) 400-1572 Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373 Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649

Community Wellness Team Information and Referral Line: (805) 364-2750

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Nature Boy Apr 07, 2020 09:07 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

How odd that “Trophy Shops” are one of the ten businesses that are specifically ordered to close. No “shoe stores” or “record stores”, but “trophy stores”?? Is there something about trophy shops that I don’t know?

hunkymon Apr 06, 2020 07:41 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

If you're in Goleta and see any of the businesses that are mentioned above and they're doing business as usual call code enforcement at City of Goleta 8059617500 and leave a message.

Pugluvr1912 Apr 06, 2020 11:26 AM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

Just stay home

Bird Apr 06, 2020 01:45 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

Pugluvr1912, please stop telling people what to do! Or else offer to do food shopping, dog walking (if you have a dog, you know how that's necessary several times/day), for everyone else. Thanks! Most of us have been following the official requests, with a resultant curve flattening: Those who are not are not likely to be paying attention to the comments section here.

a-1586143862 Apr 05, 2020 08:31 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

With the now strong recommendation that everyone should wear a mask, where are people supposed to get one or several? Not the N-95s that should be only for health care workers but the ordinary cloth ones? Online, seems they,re available in 2-3weeks and prices are rising. If you have a sewing machine, you're in luck. I don't and don't know anyone who does. The recommendation reminds of unfounded mandates.

sacjon Apr 06, 2020 10:33 AM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

Do we need actual "masks" or can we just tie a bandana / t shirt around our faces when we go out? I don't have time to cut up/sew masks, but have plenty of tshirts I can wrap around my face. Is there any drawback to going simple?

letmego Apr 06, 2020 09:14 AM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

You can use a "buff" (Stretchy headband, they are large enough to double or triple over, avail on amazon), if you have one, or a bandana. You can wear a scarf. You can cut up a t-shirt to make a no-sew mask (plenty of instructions on line these days). I made a few cloth masks (I'm not very fast) and gave two to friends who are essential and work with the public every day.

a-1586189153 Apr 06, 2020 09:05 AM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

New article on material to use in homemade masks.

TJTom Apr 06, 2020 08:43 AM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

Below is one link to a no-Sew mask.

a-1586151948 Apr 05, 2020 10:45 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

Google how to make a non sewing mask. Or how to make a mask by folding. There is a video of the U.S. Surgeon General folding this type of mask. You will need two rubber bands and a bandana. There is also one you make by cutting off the bottom of an old T-shirt, again, no sewing.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 05, 2020 09:46 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

You can pick up a needle and thread at most drug and grocery stores. You don't need a machine. I'm a guy and I can mend about anything with a needle and thread, and I'm pretty confident I could stitch together a mask if I really felt the need. If you don't know how, now's about a good a time as any to learn new skills.

MountainMan4865 Apr 05, 2020 07:38 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

The two gas stations we saw today, Fuel Stop at Fairview and Encina and the Shell station at Hollister and Walnut had someone dedicated to wiping down the gas nozzles. Tj's in Goleta was practicing physical distancing, plus the staff now have masks, and no one is allowed to bring in their reusable bags. Staff will hold your line in place if you need to return to your vehicle to store your bags.

a-1586139057 Apr 05, 2020 07:10 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

One of my roommates has been going out daily to get food and has even gone "social distance" drinking with friends, whatever that means. Curious what my rights are as far as renting him the room and if I can kick him out if he doesn't comply with social distancing. I feel like he is exposing the rest of us to it by not taking it seriously enough!

a-1586143294 Apr 05, 2020 08:21 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

Thanks and right back at you! We'll get through this and I know for me, o one of the many lights at the end of the tunnel is that I'll be able to boot him.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 05, 2020 08:15 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

I remember the days when I had housemates. It can be, and often is, a frustrating experience. Not to mention the entire situation of having to rent...always subject to things out of your control. I feel for you, I honestly do. Hang in there.

a-1586141846 Apr 05, 2020 07:57 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

He is annoying in many ways and I really want him out but he has his rent and I probably won't be able to find someone to replace him right now. Whole thing sucks.

a-1586141820 Apr 05, 2020 07:57 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

He is annoying in many ways and I really want him out but he has his rent and I probably won't be able to find someone to replace him right now. Whole thing sucks.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 05, 2020 07:47 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

1. unemployed
2. spending remaining (rent) money drinking with friends

On any given day that would be grounds for me, or anyone else with common sense, to kick out a housemate. Add to that he could be jeopardizing your health. But you sound like a nice guy and you have to live with your decisions, so best of luck on whatever you end up doing.

a-1586139208 Apr 05, 2020 07:13 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

To add on to my last comment, my roommate was laid off because he's a food server at local restaurants. I was going to give him a notice on the 1st but after he got laid off a couple weeks ago due to covid I decided that that would be messed up timing because of everything going on.

shorebird Apr 05, 2020 06:42 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

RE: 1.Food facilities......g. “free of symptoms for 72 hours without medication.” What medication would that be? There is no medication authorized to treat COVID 19.

jimbo212 Apr 05, 2020 09:48 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

Tylenol and aspirin can be used to reduce the fever, which may bring your temperature down to normal even when you are still sick.

4358ed Apr 05, 2020 06:37 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

Why the trophy hate? (in my humble opinion, the whole show should be put on hold for 2 weeks except Medical, LEO, FD, gas, grocery and drug stores). Stay inside, wash your hands, don't touch your face, be there for your elders and pray for a vaccine.

biguglystick Apr 06, 2020 12:27 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

Depends on what kind of "trophy". If it's statuettes, then good, if it's dead animal bodies to hang on your wall, that should be against the law anyway! EWWW! Who could DO that to an animal?

mtndriver Apr 05, 2020 06:22 PM
Increased Restrictions on Food Service

I don’t see that this is different from what we already knew. Only takeout, delivery, curbside takeout. That seems the same as two weeks ago.

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