Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

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2019 Fiesta Cruiser Run (Photo: Robert Bernstein)
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Source: Public Health Department

The county and city of Santa Barbara is reminding 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 state’s County Monitoring List due to continuing high case positivity rates.

The Sunday Cruiser Ride is a Santa Barbara tradition each year during Fiesta but cannot occur this year without endangering the community with the spread of COVID-19. County and city officials urge those who may have been planning to join this ride to cancel their plans for the general safety of the community. If community members are aware of others planning to join, we urge you to share this message with them. 

Risk of contracting COVID-19 significantly increases in crowded places and with close contact to others. “Large bike rides, although outside, pose a significant risk for the transmission of COVID-19,” shared Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for Santa Barbara County. “Events, such as this, begin and end with gatherings of people in close contact and can result in the transmission of COVID-19 by persons who are not symptomatic, but are in fact infectious. These gatherings pose a very high risk of accelerated and widespread coronavirus infections and therefore they are prohibited per Health Officer Order.”

To help prevent spread of the virus, the community is encouraged to avoid gathering for Fiesta celebrations and activities, instead finding safe ways to participate in virtual music and dance offerings at

For more information about the local COVID-19 response, visit or call the County Call Center at 1(833) 688-5551.

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ChemicalSuperFreak Aug 07, 2020 04:36 PM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

Health Officer Order 2020-12.5 has no teeth without enforcement. The reluctance by our elected and appointed officials to enforce orders is why we're dealing with the constant increases in cases. Whether it's a protest or an annual event that draws crowds, the orders that shut down the economy, causing many people to struggle, concern all of us. There should be zero exceptions, otherwise all of the safer-at-home policies are pointless, will never end, and all of us will continue to suffer complying with the orders while some gather without consequence and drag this all out.

REX OF SB Aug 07, 2020 05:07 PM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

The bike riders will ignore this request the same way they ignore every other suggestion or law they don't like. The cruiser run will go off as scheduled. City cops and officials will wring their hands and say, "oh well, we tried," and then jump out of the way so they don't get run over. The majority of the bicyclists will neither be wearing masks nor observing the six-foot rule. Rules are for other people, not bike riders.

a-1596848201 Aug 07, 2020 05:56 PM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

why are they [our elected leaders] calling this a "tradition"?? It is an unsanctioned ride that wreaks havoc every year...... and whenever the city or county has tried to get them to secure a permit, they are never able to determine who the organizers are, so they pretend like there's nothing they can do. Now, I just heard Greg Hart say how "cooperative" the organizers are being.......?? Just ticket them when the hundreds or thousands of them congregate, as they will, along State st., Hollister, Modoc, Goleta Beach and the bike path. Because those areas will be off limits to anyone else.

CoastWatch Aug 07, 2020 06:08 PM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

If you are a bike rider who currently resides in a Retirement Community- don't go. If you are an adult who is afflicted with some pre-diagnosed respiratory conditon or other severe ailment- don't ride... If you are under the age of 70 in great health and love to ride your bike then YOU SHOULD PARTICIPATE.
If you are a VOTER who feels that you have NOT been REPRESENTED with regard to your FREEDOMS, then you should ABSOLUTELY RIDE!!!

a-1596897676 Aug 08, 2020 07:41 AM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

Can I ask where you think you got it? I feel like we aren't getting any real information on where it's spreading here. Were you a mask wearer? Did you go to restaurants? Thanks for any information you want to provide.

SBSand Aug 08, 2020 07:55 AM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

Those of you that believe that this only hurts old people and those with known compromised immune systems are the problem. People with your type of thinking end up getting sick and dying from it too, or with long illnesses that permanently damage the lungs and heart. Anyone who thinks that they and their family are immune is flat out ignorant.

letmego Aug 10, 2020 10:08 AM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

We know some things. From the SB Public health website:
Community Close Contact Transmission 2180
Persons Incarcerated at Federal Prison in Lompoc Close Contact 1019
Travel Transmission 12
Community Transmission 1318
Unknown 2032
Under Investigation 143

Babycakes Aug 08, 2020 10:34 AM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

They expect that this year, the number of participants is going to far exceed previous years. Whether it's true or not, time will tell. However, if you've driven anywhere from Goleta to downtown SB, or along Milpas from DLG to along East/West/Leadbetter beaches, you almost certainly have run into groups of young boys/teens riding their bikes: standing on the seats, wheelies, no hands, no stop signs, blocking traffic, etc. According to my neighbors teen son, the word is out: Fiesta Ride!!! The good thing about this is that there's nearly no chance any of them will get sick from the covids.

PitMix Aug 10, 2020 09:46 AM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

Mass gatherings like this seem like the height of stupidity to me. The reality is that some number of these people may get severely sick and have serious health consequences and maybe even die. Or spread this disease to a loved one who may suffer. Maybe that's the only way that people will learn, through experience. To bike riders, church goers, political gatherings, etc; I hope the lesson isn't too harsh.

SB Barbarian Aug 12, 2020 11:19 AM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

It happened, and it was as one would expect to be. I am glad I do not live with or work with any of the hundreds/thousands who participated, largely without masks and without any consideration of anyone but themselves, Brah.

a-1597257777 Aug 12, 2020 11:42 AM
Public Health Discourages Participation in Fiesta Cruiser Run

Those who participated in this are the reason our kids can't go back to school next week. The reason sports are cancelled. The reason businesses are still shutdown with owners losing their life work and savings. The reason many of our friends and family members will DIE alone with tubes jammed in their heads. SHAME on all of you. This is the exact type of high risk gathering that has been spreading the virus. This isn't a protest, this is a bunch of selfish jerks breathing heavy and spitting on each other as they ride close together without masks on. Screw all of you who did this.

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