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 https://www.sbfiesta.org/.
For more information about the local COVID-19 response, visit www.publichealthsbc.org or call the County Call Center at 1(833) 688-5551.