County Ambassador Team to Assist Reopened Businesses

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

Before businesses can reopen in Santa Barbara County, they are required to review state and local guidance, complete a COVID-19 Prevention Plan, and self-certify that they can open safely; all of which can be found at https://recoverysbc.org/reopen-your-business/.

Since May 21 when reopening began, more than 1,900 businesses in the county have self-certified, but many have yet to reopen and need assistance. In a measure of support and widespread on-the-ground assistance, the County of Santa Barbara formed the RISE Ambassador Team to conduct outreach, business check-ins and confirm that safety standards and operating restrictions are being followed by business operators and patrons. 

Comprised of members from the Community Wellness Team, RISE Ambassadors help local businesses through providing education, resources and support to help with understanding the guidelines for reopening and ensuring the public enjoys a safe re-opening of businesses. The Community Wellness Team is a collaboration of local agencies working together to support wellness of our community in Santa Barbara County.

Bilingual Ambassadors are available countywide and supplied with literature for businesses and customers on ideas and ways to remain in compliance, and helpful reminders of how to protect one another by wearing face coverings, and by following protocols for physical distancing and personal hygiene. 

The County created template signage in English and Spanish depicting disinfection control and physical distancing for workplace and customer safety. The templates are available to download on the County’s Public Health COVID-19 website at https://publichealthsbc.org/business-resources and with the RISE Guide at https://recoverysbc.org/the-rise-guide/.

To request assistance from a RISE Ambassador, please call the County Call Center at (888) 633-5551 or the Community Wellness Team at (805) 364-2750.

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