Governor Rolls Back Reopening of Businesses

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday that several business sectors will once again shut down due to concerns over increasing COVID-19 cases.

Statewide closures of some indoor operations have been ordered effective immediately as well as additional indoor closures for all counties on the state's watch list, including Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Statewide indoor closures include restaurants, bars and breweries, wineries & tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms. County watch-list indoor closures include fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls. 

Regarding restaurants, outdoor dining and takeout are still allowed. 

"We've made this point on multiple occasions and that is we're moving back into a modification mode of our original stay-at-home order," Newsom said.

There are currently 31 counties, approximately 80% of the state's population, on the state's monitoring list.

California reported 109,910 new cases of COVID-19 and 1,104 deaths in the last two weeks. Overall the state has more than 320,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 7,000 deaths.

The latest case count within Santa Barbara County will be posted this evening.

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SB Barbarian Jul 15, 2020 11:23 AM
Governor Rolls Back Reopening of Businesses

I am out 6 days a week. I observe as I move around, mostly around the Northside, between Mission and Five Pts. I have kept track, and for the last 10 days, 23% of the people that I have observed who were not on the bus or in a store or seated at a restaurant, indoor or out, were wearing a mask. Some who weren't were riding bikes or skateboards, which are known to combat the virus. Others were jogging, and everyone knows you can't get it or spread it if you are jogging. Some were just walking from one place to another on the sidewalk, just like me. I initiate social distancing, and most seemed either oblivious or offended. I am not rude, nor do I call them out, but I feel like they do not care about my health, or that of my family, or for theirs for that matter. It's really disappointing.

The upward curve began when this selfish, dismissive behavior started to gain steam after Memorial Day. Unless there is an enforceable fine for not wearing a mask, what's the point? If one ignorant person goes out without a mask and infects 2,10,100 others, then what's the point? If I had to pay $500 for not wearing a mask, I'd wear one even if I didn't want to. It's like drunk driving, if you think about it. If everyone who was drunk just drove all at the same time, it wold be a disaster - like COVID.

a-1594863097 Jul 15, 2020 06:31 PM
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SBBarbarian" The upward curve of recent "cases" is coming from Santa Maria, so your observations from your small part of Santa Barbara are not particularly germane. SB Public Health does us no good just talking "cases" and not pin pointing transmission contact routes. Therefore. any general speculation about random spreaders with no data to confirm or deny they are in fact generalized disease vectors - like non mask wearers -is nothing more than idle specultion. . Let's back off on that global mischaracterization and concentrate where specific cases actually are (very few in fact), and certainly which cases actually become medically compromised.. We should not have to keep beating the woods forthose facts at this point. Our public health experts have put on a very disappointing show, and have simply not earned their keep. Just the opposite. I say a moratorium on all paid government employees telling private sector workers they have to stop working. and give up their sources of own income. Otherwise, we are not "all in this together". Well paid government bureaucrats telling the little people where they can get off, are getting under my skin.

LooseCannon Jul 15, 2020 06:11 PM
Governor Rolls Back Reopening of Businesses

I'm not a GOP supporter. Far from it. Lifetime socialist. I would rather see a Democratic super-majority in Sacramento than one diluted by a bunch of moronic Republicans. But Newsom's decrees smack of overreach, and they're going to piss off a lot of middle-of-the-road people and small business owners facing ruin. In right-leaning districts, Dems will be ousted by citizen-voters who feel their lives are being turned upside-down by Newsom's decrees.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jul 14, 2020 08:17 AM
Governor Rolls Back Reopening of Businesses

Racjax and Bigman, you do realize that there is a whole world outside of your purview... just because you don't see something, (or you do), doesnt mean that whatever you are looking for isnt there (or is)... This idea that one's experiences translate to everyone's is a big part of our problem. People seem incapable of understanding that what they personally see and hear isnt what everyone else experiences. What happened to society that turned people so inward? My guess is that social media and smart phones have taken what little critical thinking was left in America and tossed it into the trash. People only want to digest what is in their chosen silo.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Social media is fast food and its eating our brains. And just like the food-stuff, if you eat fast food and junk all the time, you will get sick, you will grow fat and you will waste away into a puddle of flesh... Its not that complicated. Eat a balanced diet of food and information. It will make you a healthier and happier human. Until then, try to pay mind to other people's experiences, you'll feel less threatened by them and the world at large.

a-1594747508 Jul 14, 2020 10:25 AM
Governor Rolls Back Reopening of Businesses

SBTOWNIE what restaurants were permitting indoor dining? All the ones I've seen at least on State Street were all outdoors only. Even ones on upper state make clear they are allowing patio dining only. What restaurants have opened to indoor dining? I realize there are tons here in SB but all the ones I've called and/or gotten takeout from all said at least as of last week that their patios only were open.

bigman Jul 14, 2020 09:17 AM
Governor Rolls Back Reopening of Businesses

SBOBSERVER what are you talking about? So far NO indoor dining has been permitted in SB and bars were closed awhile back. Every single indoor location I've been too most have been wearing masks. As for outdoors on State Street, not so much. Also I don't walk around with a smartphone or whatever it is you are assuming/projecting. So yeah, makes no sense that ppl are not wearing masks on the beach, State Street OUTSIDE - but inside, yet they close INDOOR activities [of which there have been few as the Zoo which is included, is mostly outdoors]. Tattoo places, the ones i know of - only 1 person is let in at a time. Same with estheticians [also someone I know owns a spa business], and the salons, including mine - very much limit customers and require masks. So what exactly are you talking about?

racjax Jul 14, 2020 07:34 AM
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Where are all these people without masks? Everywhere I go people are wearing masks including out of county. So why all of a sudden this shutdown? Where is the "science" indicating this is effective? And by the way, research never "proves" anything. Do we even know the exact parameters being used in the numbers? Does the entire population need the restrictions? Are there only subgroups? And before anyone goes off on me, yes I teach doctoral level research and chair quantitative dissertations. The methodology for all these numbers has been (deliberately) obscured/omitted. Is everyone using the exact same criteria for reporting? I haven't trusted any of the numbers since the beginning. There is so very much we do not know.

Chip of SB Jul 14, 2020 10:54 AM
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What??? A scientist who acknowledges the uncertainties of his data and the limitations of his methodology? Blasphemy! When a state or local official says their policy is “science based” everyone should accept it as absolute irrefutable truth. Authority should never be questioned. These “deniers” clearly don’t understand how modern “science” works.

PitMix Jul 14, 2020 10:44 AM
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9:53, RAC's post was all about distrust and nothing at all about verification. He hasn't trusted ANY of the numbers since the beginning. The only way that is a welcome voice is if that position supports your world view that everything is fake. Not helpful at all.

a-1594745585 Jul 14, 2020 09:53 AM
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PITMIX, RACJAX's point was trust, but verify. 100% in agreement with that principle. He brings a very welcome voice to these discussions.

racjax Jul 14, 2020 09:46 AM
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Pit, my post did not make any reference to the topic of vaccinations. I am not clear about your intent in using the term. Are you implying that an anti-vaxxer is in opposition to ALL vaccinations? I will say that I will not be first in line for the miracle coronovirus vaccine.

racjax Jul 14, 2020 09:40 AM
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No, Oceanadrew, my noting my professional experience was not intended to be impressive. Far from it. It was to avoid flaming from those who would have said "What do YOU know about research methodology?" But, alas, someone will always find a way to respond with hostility and sarcasm. But I do know enough to not trust information as fact until I can review the methodology. Whether it is a scientific paper or a public information bulletin. Good day.

oceandrew Jul 14, 2020 08:26 AM
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RAC you sure don't sound like someone who teaches "doctoral level research and chair quantitative dissertations" (whatever that's supposed to mean, though it's meant to be impressive). And clearly you can't differentiate between a scientific paper and public information bulletins; they are not the same as you seem to expect. But go ahead and follow the lead of Kudlow and Mnuchin in politicizing public health policy.

PitMix Jul 14, 2020 08:12 AM
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Wow, a scientist that sounds like an anti-vaxxer! Is it your point that we can't trust any information coming from any source? Personally, the total hospitalization and total ICU numbers and resultant deaths coming out of Ventura County have been consistent from the start, so I'm willing to trust them. They show the best summary of the current problem anyway.

bigman Jul 14, 2020 06:54 AM
Governor Rolls Back Reopening of Businesses

There is something I don't understand. I see comments about people not wearing masks on State Street, but that is outside. This closes all indoor activities. Everywhere I've been indoors - which is only essential businesses when I need something - pretty much everyone, with a few exceptions, wears a mask especially lately. So what is going on here? This concerns me. I know masks are not 100% so maybe that's it, either that or they still aren't sure about how this virus is spreading. Something is not adding up.

dw2000 Jul 14, 2020 01:01 PM
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BIGMAN - perhaps I misunderstood your point. What is your point? People are mostly wearing masks indoors... and? Are you saying masks don't help because people are still getting sick?

bigman Jul 14, 2020 12:45 PM
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DW2000 people can touch stuff outside too and in fact do - touch menus, railings, tables, chairs, doorknobs, walk buttons at lights - yet they are only banning indoor and not outdoor - when people touch things regardless of whether they are in or outdoors, then can touch their eyes/face. You didn't address my point.

bigman Jul 14, 2020 12:45 PM
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DW2000 people can touch stuff outside too and in fact do - touch menus, railings, tables, chairs, doorknobs, walk buttons at lights - yet they are only banning indoor and not outdoor - when people touch things regardless of whether they are in or outdoors, then can touch their eyes/face. You didn't address my point.

dw2000 Jul 14, 2020 10:45 AM
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BIGMAN, masks are only part of the package. If someone goes to the store and wears a mask just so they can go in, but touches stuff, leaves the store and rubs their eyes in their car that person can still get infected and then spread it to their family. Who goes out and spreads it to the neighbors that keep having people over.

JB86 Jul 14, 2020 03:23 AM
Governor Rolls Back Reopening of Businesses

I don't get the 'anti-masker' comments here. I was out today, went to three businesses on Calle Real, and 100% of the people I saw in these places wore face coverings and avoided close contact to the extent they could. Same at Camino Real Marketplace a few days ago. The only scofflaw I saw was a homeless dude outside Albertson's. I'm thinking something else is at work in the continuing spread of the virus - something we don't yet understand.

letmego Jul 14, 2020 11:47 AM
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@TERNST I guess you aren't a scientist? Or maybe you don't bother to read the latest info on mask usage and how it reduces the spread?

letmego Jul 14, 2020 11:46 AM
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I have noticed a lot more masks in the last few weeks. I really don't go anywhere, except the occasional early morning beach walk. Still, at the beach, far more masks today than even a month ago. And look, our local 5 day moving average of new cases is starting to go down...the right direction!

dw2000 Jul 14, 2020 10:42 AM
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These orders apply to counties all over the state. Some aspects are more likely to apply to SB than others. Maybe SB didn't have as much of an indoor dining issue but we did have gyms open, etc. And yes, masks work. Are they 100% ? No, but what is? When I drive I wear my seat belt. Does that mean my odds of dying in a car crash are zero? Should I say seat belts don't work? Common sense tells me that even a crappy piece of cloth over my mouth and nose will reduce the amount of particulates I breath in and out. Even if its less than half that is an improvement and it adds up and aggregates up to society at large. I still wash my hands, avoid touching my eyes and minimize my time in close proximity to others. Just like I follow traffic laws, practice defensive driving and yes... wear a seat belt and make sure I took the car in for that airbag recall. Its a variety of behaviors to minimize the risk to myself and others.

bigman Jul 14, 2020 09:19 AM
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PSTAR then why not close the beaches and outside areas / dining too? Considering it is on beaches and State Street that ppl aren't wearing masks, as you are REQUIRED to indoors in almost every place if not every place in SB. This makes no sense.

pstarSR Jul 14, 2020 07:54 AM
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This is akin to birth control. if you want it to be effective you have to use it ALL the time. So lets equate this to the current situation, if NOT EVERYONE WEARS a mask, then we have spikes and have to close down again.

a-1594733810 Jul 14, 2020 06:36 AM
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JB86 you make a good point actually. In my travels most people if not all are wearing masks. Now I don't go much anywhere except grocery stores but that is what I've observed. I was just saying to my family yesterday - after this new "order" - that if inside activities have to be cancelled then obviously masks aren't working. He closed only indoor operations - and in most of these we are supposed to be wearing masks and most do so what is going on here?

ternst Jul 14, 2020 06:25 AM
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Yeah everyone's false sense of security that masks work. They all think we'll be fine if you wear your mask and not wearing a mask is the problem....pull your head out of your @ss.

a-1594722814 Jul 14, 2020 03:33 AM
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Downtown today about ten people didn’t have masks. Some were walking and appeared to be tourists, but most were construction workers who also weren’t “social distancing “.

Sbrysa Jul 13, 2020 08:29 PM
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As a small business owner that has been shut down only to be opened for almost 2 weeks, this is devastating. Many of my friends beauty businesses will surely close.

a-1594697967 Jul 13, 2020 08:39 PM
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Provide in-home services. You skills are respected and needed. Demand city council make this happen for you, just like they broke barriers to make State Street Mall restaurants happen. They can make things happen. That is why they get paid. Look for pro-business slate of city council candidates and support them, even if they do not represent your district. There needs to be a new majority on city council that is pro business.

GeneralTree Jul 13, 2020 06:39 PM
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It looks like they are spinning up a 200 bed Covid center at the old Sears building in La Cumbre. It's going to get worse before it get's better.
https://www.independent.com/2020/07/12/sears-site-identified-as-possible-covid-surge-center/

a-1594804620 Jul 15, 2020 02:17 AM
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Not according to this news article:
"County officials “ultimately landed sort of a bifurcated system” after identifying sites through the county, including centrally located areas in Buellton and the Santa Ynez Valley, Melekian said.

If necessary, the Cal Poly Recreation Center has beds available for Santa Barbara County residents in the event of a COVID-19 surge in the North County, Melekian explained.

“The North County 250 beds, we have an arrangement with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in San Luis Obispo County to handle North County overflow in the event the county hospital system is overwhelmed,” Melekian said. https://www.noozhawk.com/article/board_of_supervisors_covid_lease_vacant_sears_building_in_santa_barbara_for

a-1594745970 Jul 14, 2020 09:59 AM
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The Sears Bldg is intended for any potential Santa Maria overload, not because of any new "surge" predicted down here. Stop spreading unnecessary fears. Santa Maria continues to be a minor covid bubble, which makes a mockery of Gov Newsom's draconian county wide edicts..

a-1594690445 Jul 13, 2020 06:34 PM
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LA teachers unions forced Newsom's hand. Take a look at their list of demands before the teacher unions will re-open the schools Zero to do with covid- 100% to do with their extreme social agenda. People in SB not wearing masks has nothing to do with this LA teacher union- Gov Newsom shut down quid pro quo. To keep teacher union backing, Newsom had to shut down the state.

Alexblue Jul 13, 2020 04:53 PM
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Hooray, the science deniers and selfish me first crowd and Trumpanzees have made the last four months of pain a total waste--and now we get to do it again.

Chip of SB Jul 14, 2020 01:15 PM
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Why did they try to close the beaches over the weekend of the fourth? If the studies show mass gatherings (protests/riots) only made a minor contribution to new cases, why the concerns about beaches?

420722 Jul 14, 2020 12:03 PM
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My source is the fact that the only source YOU have are pro-socialism liberal “journalist” feeding you the same crap each day that protest are good you can’t spread the virus that way. Might be one of the biggest lies of 2020 we’ll see.

letmego Jul 14, 2020 11:44 AM
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470722 source? Many cities have contact tracing which have shown that the spread is due primarily to family parties (here), bars (Pittsburgh). To date I haven't seen any report on increased cases due to protests. That doesn't mean there aren't, just that there is so far no clear connection. Not unexpected, as we know spread is related to proximity, being indoors, and not masking. Meaning, protests that were outdoors and where people were masked were much less risky than family parties where you are sharing food and hugs.

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