Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Santa Barbara Police would like to remind the community about some key safety topics during our Fiesta celebration.

Fiesta Police Presence

Santa Barbara Police are expecting a large influx of people into the City during this week for the Old Spanish Days-Fiesta annual celebration. Additional Officers will be assigned to foot patrols along the State Street Promenade and Funk Zone.

There will also be additional traffic patrols throughout the City starting Wednesday, August 4, through Sunday, August 8, 2021. These Officers’ primary duty is to prevent collisions and DUIs throughout the week. We request all those driving, bicycling, and walking within the community to abide by traffic laws. Please have a sober driver, utilize taxis, or use ride-share services if you are consuming alcoholic beverages. If you see an impaired driver call 9-1-1.

No Alcoholic Beverages or Smoking in Public

Though State Street has been reconfigured into a Promenade, it is important to remember it is still a public thoroughfare and open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on any public street or sidewalk. Exemptions include those restaurants that have an alcohol beverage sale license permitting them to serve patrons while they are customers of those establishments. Santa Barbara Municipal Code 9.05.010 prohibits the consumption or possession of any open alcoholic beverage upon any public street, sidewalk, parking lot, or alley. Citations could be issued as a result of possessing an open alcoholic beverage or consuming an alcoholic beverage in public.

Smoking and electronic cigarettes are also prohibited on the State Street Promenade per Municipal Code 9.20.020. Santa Barbara aims to be a “smoke-free” city to protect the health, safety and well-being for all.

Parking Enforcement

All parking enforcement rules and regulations including timed zones will be enforced throughout the week. If you are participating in the Fiesta celebration for an extended period of time, you are encouraged to utilize one of the City’s downtown parking lots or garages, where you receive the first 75 minutes of parking free.

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TheKid5 Aug 03, 2021 02:53 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

Anyone who attends Fiesta activities, especially those being held inside and who goes to crowded bars and restaurants, is asking for a possible Covid-Delta infection. We are going to get thousands of outside Fiesta goers from all over Southern California, many of whom have not been vaccinated. Our own Santa Barbara County has 150,000 unvaccinated residents. They won't all be at Fiesta, but if only 5% come, that's 7,500 unvaccinated people just from Santa Barbara County. Anyone who attends crowded Fiesta venues, especially crowded indoor venues, is playing Russian Roulette with their heath and the health of their families, especially young children.
The choice to attend Fiesta or not to attend is yours. Choose wisely!

dukemunson Aug 03, 2021 02:59 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

Thekid- thats just over the top fear mongering. Get vaccinated everyone!! That’s the main thing. After that, life goes on. Some people want to hide and shut down life forever… which is a choice they get to make for themselves. But it’s not healthy or rational for most people to live like that. Again, get vaccinated and enjoy the outdoors and SB.

sacjon Aug 03, 2021 03:13 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

DUKE - it's not fear mongering, it's the truth. Thousands of tourists and others packed into small places with no masks and no assurance of being vaccinated is a real easy way to pick up a nasty bug of any kind, especially covid. Again, it's all about risk. If Fiesta is that important to you that you're willing to risk it, go for it! But don't sit there and give people crap or call them "fear mongers" for pointing out the risk involved. I'll be out at private gatherings, but sure as sh*# not going to bars or anything with sweating, drunk, slobbering LA maskless tourists smashing into me.

TheKid5 Aug 03, 2021 03:18 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

Duke-If my comments are fear mongering, then I accept your description. I said attending Fiesta is an individual's choice.
Take a look at the numbers of Delta infected people who visited Cape Cod and who also were vaccinated. I also stated that the real danger of infection is indoors in crowded venues like bars. The other issue are the unvaccinated people in California, 1/3 of the population. Many vaccinated people have unvaccinated kids at home. I am not trying to stop people from going, but there are risks that they should think about.

dukemunson Aug 03, 2021 03:31 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

Well im not hitting those bars either… 20 years ago though…

If you are vaccinated life goes on. I don’t see the logic or value in guilt tripping people into stopping activities If they are being reasonable and responsible. The previous comments are fear mongering. Get vaccinated and enjoy life. Stop trying to force other people to unnecessarily live in fear forever. That fear shut down schools for a year and kids activities… don’t let that start. Get vaccinated because with that, as per the cdc, you are good to go for fiesta this year.

SBSand Aug 03, 2021 03:12 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

Getting vaccinated is a great start! However, the Delta Variant is still a risk for vaccinated people, they aren't immune and can spread it if they get it. Best to be outside and if in a crowd wear a mask!

On the other side, I thought that Fiesta was canceled? No parade, no mercado, nothing at MacKenzie Park... what Fiesta is left? Performances at the Mission and Courthouse? Drunken stupidity downtown?

bosco Aug 03, 2021 03:50 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

98% of hospitalized cases are unvaccinated. That is the number that matters most. It's true that vaccinated people can still get COVID and spread it. But it becomes a very manageable risk for the individual. Getting vaccinated is not just a start it is the end. It is absolutely fear mongering when people speak of the Delta variant and the current rise in cases like it's January 2021. We are in a new phase. It's time for the vaccinated to move on with life and the unvaccinated to get with the program and stop being idiots.

SBSand Aug 04, 2021 08:53 AM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

Bosco, I agree but it will never happen so in the meantime we should probably still stick with masking up and taking personal responsibility for not being part of the problem, even if we are vaccinated.

ZeroHawk Aug 03, 2021 04:27 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

wait....wasn't fiesta cancelled??? so why are we, local citizens and tax payers in SB, having to foot the bill for extra anything when this was cancelled? Also, since i opened up that box, where are all of our city funds going to since we have had NO celebrations in the city going on year #2. Those funds sure aren't just sitting in some pot waiting for summer of 2022. Between Summer Solstice and Fiesta, the city receives huge donations and they budget this stuff in each fiscal year...so where is all of that money and again, why are we locals having to pay for extra police work and so on when there is NO fiesta? sure they say it's not cancelled, but no mercados, no parade and nothing downtown means no fiesta.

TheKid5 Aug 03, 2021 05:17 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

ZeroHawk-You make intelligent and interesting points. For all intents and purposes, Fiesta has been cancelled but-People are going to flock here and hit the bars and restaurants. This is essentially the city alcohol code and it means that all smoking drinking of alcohol will have to be inside crowded and poorly ventilated bars. The very circumstances that Covid loves!
How do you smoke and drink wearing a mask?
No Alcoholic Beverages or Smoking in Public
Though State Street has been reconfigured into a Promenade, it is important to remember it is still a public thoroughfare and open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on any public street or sidewalk.

sacjon Aug 03, 2021 05:32 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

ZERO - great points. It's such an absolute bummer they closed everything outdoors. With all those excess funds from no Solstice, no 4th celebrations, etc, they could have rigged up something to keep the Mercados "covid safe." That should have been the back up plan. This should not have been cancelled. It's not 2020 anymore! They got some 'splaining to do!

dukemunson Aug 03, 2021 05:34 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

But these people are all out and about in bars in LA and Santa Barbara anyways… so what are you actually achieving?? Every hotel is virtually sold out all weekend all along the coast the whole summer. Closing and canceling fiesta doesn’t really accomplish much. Get the vaccine and stop forcing Things to be canceled … which doesn’t really change anything… just adds another thing lost. In essence you aren’t accomplishing anything… except punishing the locals and slightly bumming out the Tourists already here. But hey good job… thanks for stealing another cool thing from sb for another year…

TheKid5 Aug 03, 2021 05:07 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

You are right! Why have any concerns? Get into those bars and have a great time!

In recent days, San Francisco’s infection rates have surged to nearly 20 times what they were at their lowest point in June and two of the city’s hospitals have reported that more than 200 of their own workers have tested positive for the virus.

“It teaches us that no one is invincible,” said Dr Peter Chin-Hong, an associate dean at UCSF who specializes in infectious diseases.

The surge in cases comes as California and the nation have seen continued increases in infections, with federal officials acknowledging that “the war has changed” and the new Delta variant is as contagious as chicken pox.

The return to mask wearing sees the San Francisco Bay Area join other parts of the state, including Los Angeles and Sacramento, that have already re-imposed mandates as cases climb across the state.

New California cases have jumped from fewer than 900 a day at the end of May to more than 9,000 a day now, according to state data. Nationally, new cases hit a low point in late June of about 12,000 per day, but they have now shot up to more than 78,000 a day, according to data from the New York Times.

dukemunson Aug 03, 2021 05:12 PM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

If you are vaccinated then you are good to go. Delta hasn’t changed that. You can still get it… but the vaccine is holding up. You can punt on another year of life if you want… but those numbers are a great big flashing sign for the unvaccinated to get vaccinated not to give up and hide for another year.

a-1628092550 Aug 04, 2021 08:55 AM
Old Spanish Days Fiesta: Public Safety Reminders

Nearly everything is called off this morning, except the super-spreader this weekend at the Guadalupe Church on the eastside. See: Noozhawk for details of what's cancelled.

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