Reimagined Fiesta Caravan Parade Will Not Continue
Update by Santa Barbara County Health Department
With the beginning of the yearly tradition of Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reminds community members and visitors that Local Health Officer order 2020-12.5 prohibits gatherings of any size due to elevated disease transmission of COVID-19. A gathering is defined as any event or convening that brings people together in a single room or single indoor or outdoor space at the same time. Limited exceptions apply. Santa Barbara County remains on the County Monitoring List due to continuing high case rates and hospitalizations.
Risk of contracting COVID-19 significantly increases in crowded places, enclosed spaces, and with close contact to others. “This year will have to be different for every person hoping to celebrate. The decisions we make in the next few days will set the course for what the transmission of COVID-19 looks like in the weeks to come,” shared Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. “Please wear a face covering, avoid gatherings, and maintain your distance from those that do not live in your home.”
The following measures can reduce the risk for getting and spreading COVID-19. Together we are stronger as we stay safely apart.
- Stay home when possible.
- Remain six feet away from others and wear a facial covering when engaging in tasks away from home.
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick. Do not go to work or other places.
More information about the COVID-19 response locally, visit www.publichealthsbc.org or call the County Call Center at 1(833) 688 – 5551.
Source: Old Spanish Days
The Fiesta Spirit lives in the heart.
As we have done from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Old Spanish Days (OSD) continues to make decisions that are in the best interest of public health and safety. To that end, we are not going to proceed with our small but spirited reimagined Fiesta caravan car parade that was scheduled for Friday, August 7.
The reimagined Fiesta parade was carefully planned and coordinated alongside city officials in the hopes of bringing Fiesta cheer to our community in a safe and distanced way. The route would have traversed 19+ miles and featured 20 historic convertible cars and trolleys escorted by city police. The public was encouraged to stay at home and wave at the caravan at a safe distance.
OSD Parade organizers were told by County and City Officials on Tuesday afternoon that a parade could potentially cause people to gather which would be in violation of County Health Orders and should be reconsidered.
Our priority is, and will always be, our beloved community of Santa Barbara. Old Spanish Days is proud to be an integral part of what makes our community special and we cherish our special bond with generations of local families and those who come to celebrate each year. Our wish is that Santa Barbara stays safe, healthy and keeps the Spirit of Fiesta alive in their hearts. The joy of Fiesta will live on. Viva la Fiesta!