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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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?"

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Royals_22 Jul 01, 2020 01:55 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

I don't get the hate on the gov. Look at the spanish flu, it killed over 50,000,000+ over two years and those are just estimates!!!! Compared to that virus, the first 3 months for us compared to that virus first 3 months are worse! I'm sorry you can't go to the beach, get something to eat downtown in air conditioning, or go see a movie. I'm pretty sure we all want to save lives, people need to stop being dumb about little things and stop bashing Newsom. He's trying to save as many lives in our state, if you have a better idea PLEASEEEEEEEEE do tell.....

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-

Rob Jul 01, 2020 01:50 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

I would not call him a bastard and i think he's trying to do what he can in a very dynamic environment, but I do agree further closures are a bad call. He should mandate a more strict safer at home order for those who are in the high mortality zone (that data is well known). This would have the same effect of lowering hospitalizations, but with the benefits of allowing those those who want to go out to do so (most cases are not symptomatic, and we also know who is highly unlikely to need hospitalization) and those businesses who want to remain open to do so as well.

Luvaduck Jul 02, 2020 07:23 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Please sign a waver for medical attention. It won't matter to you since you have decided not to get it and will save the community money and hospital space in case you could be wrong. Currently, you are only betting other people's health and money.

a-1593664476 Jul 01, 2020 09:34 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

They ar only testing those presenting symptoms. That is why the "positivity" numbers are going up. Yet cases of any consequence remain extremely rare in our county of nearly one hal million people. Why is there such a dedicated misinformation campaign going on here. Who has a vested interest keeping this craziness going, based upon threats, speculation, and misguided "data". Who has what to gain, repeatedly doing this?

SB Barbarian Jul 01, 2020 07:04 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Good luck with that. If one were to just watch the news today, the results of that narrow, "It's all about me" are on display for the whole world to see, and they are laughing at us, and then they are crying for us. But, since you are exceptional and immune, do your thing! Live free and die!

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