Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

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Governor Gavin Newsom during an earlier COVID-19 press conference (courtesy photo)

By edhat staff

Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the closure of indoor operations such as dine-in restaurants, for 19 counties including Santa Barbara and Ventura.

These indoor operations that must close for at least three weeks include restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums and cardrooms Newsom said during his coronavirus briefing.

“This doesn’t mean restaurants are shut down,” Newsom said. “It means that we’re trying to take the activities, as many activities as we can -- these mixed activities, these concentrated activities — and move them outdoors, which is a way of mitigating the spread of this virus.”

The 19 counties affected have been included on the state's COVID-19 watch list for having elevated disease transmission, increasing hospitalization and limited hospital capacity.

The affected counties are Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Ventura.

Newsom stated the above counties should consider canceling firework shows if they haven't already, and supports the decision by Los Angeles and Ventura county officials for preemptively closing beaches. He stated he is not mandating the closure of beaches but will be modifying parking facility operations and closing them to traffic throughout southern California and parts of Monterey, Santa Cruz and farther north.

Santa Barbara and Goleta have already cancelled firework displays but decided to keep local beaches open, much to the dismay of residents who fear people from other counties will travel to the area for the holiday weekend. 

On Wednesday evening, the City of Santa Barbara announced they will close all of its beach parking lots for the 4th of July Weekend beginning on Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th in association with the State closing all beach parking. Public parking on Stearns Wharf and Harbor Main lots will remain open to support the liveaboards, marina and adjacent businesses.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported emergency permits for food service will no longer be allowed in any of the businesses outlined by the Governor.

This guidance is to stay in place for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to extension based on epidemiologic indicators.

“We advise local businesses to prepare for these newly announced closures,” shared Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. “We know that indoor settings with close crowds, as typically seen on holiday weekends, can create an unfavorable environment for the transmission of this virus. Please limit your exposure to people outside your home and wear your face covering when needed.”

Newsom stated California had seen a 43% increase in the coronavirus hospitalization rate and a nearly 50% increase in COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days, as well as 110 deaths within the past 24 hours.

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DTOM Jul 02, 2020 02:10 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/coronavirus/Alert-1-Guidance-for-Certifying-COVID-19-Deaths.pdf%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR3559EWe5qFOO85vvF5BJdePswfKWykO10u9tCthGhaj324ni7GZAgsFFI&ved=2ahUKEwjs4LWgua_qAhWDqZ4KHfxVDywQFjACegQIAxAB&usg=AOvVaw2sSfu45kqgI5CGCdC2XkF-

reloadSB Jul 01, 2020 02:11 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

When is he going to close the southern border?? It is a FACT that there are people coming up from our southern border and overwhelming the hospitals. Imperial and SD county hospitals are being hit hard. Many news agencies and government Agencies and hospitals are reporting this

GeneralTree Jul 01, 2020 02:15 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Meant to say the southern border has been C L O S E D for some time now. It has been closed since March 2020. Keep up.
https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-06-16/us-borders-with-mexico-canada-to-remain-closed-over-coronavirus-concerns

Luvaduck Jul 02, 2020 07:50 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Go all the way: Close 101 at the Ventura County line; checkpoints at the southbound 101 tunnel--no admittance to SM residents; close the Pass; armed PT boats to patrol the coast and stop any inbound boats for inspection if harbored here, otherwise fine them heavily and force them to go around, oil tankers included. Air lift groceries, medical supplies and toilet paper. And beer.

DTOM Jul 02, 2020 02:05 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Careful what you ask for...it could come true and become your own worst nightmare! Airlift groceries sounds logical, but let's not be naive and think it'll come at the same, already inflated, price tag. Don't call for you own crushing of freedom, lest you won't be free at all if you ask for others to deliver your groceries...think about it

DTOM Jul 02, 2020 02:06 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Careful what you ask for...it could come true and become your own worst nightmare! Airlift groceries sounds logical, but let's not be naive and think it'll come at the same, already inflated, price tag. Don't call for you own crushing of freedom, lest you won't be free at all if you ask for others to deliver your groceries...think about it

haskelslocal Jul 01, 2020 02:27 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Overall I think Newsome is doing a fantastic job. Even if I disagree with a percentage of what's being mandated. And of course we all disagree with what we being asked to do. Nobody wanted this! I sense the majority of his failings are political in nature. He seems to fight the tide and buck the trend on some political expectations. Fighting battles on a few while giving in to others.

a-1593641384 Jul 01, 2020 03:09 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Do you wear a seatbelt in your vehicle and on an airplane?
Do you abide by the speed limit?
Do you typically lock your front door & close the gare door at night if you have one?
Why not wear a mask then?
It helps slow down the possible transmission of the Covid for all.
It's only a political issue with the guy at the top.
"What have you got to lose?"

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 01, 2020 03:24 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

It's concerning that while things are being shutdown in the midst of this surge in cases, the Santa Barbara Public Heath Department dispensed with weekend updates last month and now appears to have abandoned the daily updates as well. Their last status report was Monday.

macpuzl Jul 01, 2020 04:12 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

UPDATE: June 30, 2020 - The #SantaBarbaraCounty Public Health Department is transitioning data platforms related to #COVID19. Due to this transition the following will occur:
- No case report for today, June 30, 2020.
- Case reports will resume on July 1, 2020.

monkeyboy Jul 01, 2020 04:10 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

I don't care what they open or what they close. I will be safe at home, waiting for the statistics to tell me it's time to resume my normal activities. Turns out, my home rocks, we have a fat garden, building up a little home gym, enjoying many new hobbies and are catching up on years of DIY projects including fun play structures for the kids. The pandemic has made me realize how vapid my home town has become...no one can cook, no one can clean, no one can fix their own stuff, just whine about masks and their inability to eat at their favorite overpriced tourist trap.

mtndriver Jul 01, 2020 05:30 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Don't assume that most of the folks in town are whining about masks and distancing, Monkeyboy. I think there are a lot of us who are doing just what you describe, and enjoying our home life more than we have in a long time, including cleaning and cooking and taking care of "deferred maintenance."

a-1593702689 Jul 02, 2020 08:11 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

That's great, monkey boy and others staying at home; so am I, except for dog walking and food shopping BUT we need to remember that most people in Santa Barbara are renters, living in apartments, without a garden or, for many any outside space. ( And if the planning commission has its way, without any outside space in new apartment buildings.) it's very difficult to spend most of one's time, for such a long time, inside, especially now that it's summer. It must be close to hellish for families, jobless, with children.

a-1593705989 Jul 02, 2020 09:06 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

MONKEYBOY what an insensitive comment. Many people rent and live in smaller places some with tiny kitchens. Not everyone has the luxury of a larger home, garden, money to DIY and build their kids large playgrounds. Or the $$$. You're fortunate. Why not be humble and more empathetic towards those stuck in smaller places with little private outside space to hang out in during this pandemic? Reminds me of those critical of others while they sit in their large homes with libraries to work out of and pools to swim in while locked away.

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