Bars to Close Immediately, Restaurants for Takeout Only

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health

Santa Barbara County bars, nightclubs, pubs, breweries and wineries should immediately close to the public under new guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on Tuesday. Restaurants and other food facilities offering on-site dining should immediately transition to only offering delivery or take-out service as part of the public health effort to slow the spread of coronavirus disease.  The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging local bars nightclubs, pubs, breweries, and wineries to comply with this request immediately and to cancel any planned St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or events.

The goal of the guidance is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in communities. Bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and other food facilities are locations where people from many parts of the community gather, increasing the chances of transmitting the virus that causes coronavirus disease. While many bars, nightclubs and pubs traditionally hold events for St. Patrick’s Day, these are particularly dangerous at this point in the coronavirus pandemic, as they could result in widespread transmission of the disease in Santa Barbara County.

Grocery stores, markets and activities such Foodbank distribution sites are not being asked to close at this time as they provide critical services to the community. CDPH has provided social distancing guidance for these operations, such as ensuring at least 6 feet of space between groups of unrelated people while shopping or standing in line.

For more information or the complete guidance issued by CDPH, click here.

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Ehdat Mar 17, 2020 02:31 PM
Bars to Close Immediately, Restaurants for Takeout Only

there is no mandate (yet) didnt you read the article? "should" is a strong suggestion. But if it became reality as a mandate.. they hold the authority and can revoke their permit to operate., which maybe not shut them down now, but will prevent them from ever opening

a-1584480635 Mar 17, 2020 02:30 PM
Bars to Close Immediately, Restaurants for Takeout Only

The wording is "should" and is not legally enforceable, the police will not be enforcing this. Since these entities clearly do not care about the raw facts and recommendations from agencies that know better, public shaming goes a long way, for both businesses and individuals. TELL the businesses that are open and ignoring distancing recommendations how you feel. TELL the people in your lives who choose to dine out and attend other gatherings how disappointed and ashamed you are in them. Put your money where your mouth is: if you are ordering takeout, REFUSE to order from restaurants who have not closed their doors to dine-in customers - and tell them that!


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