Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to require the public and employees to wear masks or face coverings in certain businesses. Implementation will begin on May 1, 2020. The following is a list of businesses affected: 

  • Pharmacies and drug stores;
  • Grocery stores, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, warehouse stores, food banks, certified farmers' markets and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, water, pet food and pet medication supply (but not grooming or training), fresh or frozen meats, fish, and poultry, or any other household consumer products (such as construction supplies, cleaning and personal care products);
  • Organizations and businesses that provide food or other services to the public;
  • Hardware and building supply stores, and nurseries;
  • Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;
  • Restaurants and retail food facilities that prepare and offer food to customers via pick up or drive-through;
  • Taxis, ride sharing services, car rental companies, and other private transportation services.  The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District is encouraged to address driver and passenger safety through the use of face masks; and
  • Hotels and motels, in publicly-accessible areas. 

 

Businesses shall prohibit the entry of any person not wearing a face mask. A business may provide face masks to customers without charge or make them available for purchase. A business shall provide face masks without charge for the use of its workers.

Face masks may include cloth masks, scarves, bandanas or other face coverings over the mouth and nose of a person. The masks do not need to be N95 or surgical masks. Reusable face masks used by covered business workers must be washed and sanitized daily. For further details and to read the emergency order, click here

Questions about how to comply with the order can be emailed to [email protected].

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Soccer-Fan Apr 30, 2020 09:24 AM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

Great article and applause to all the people in our town, our Governor, our Police, Sheriff, Fire and Forestry Depts. Health, Civic, School, and the legion of Volunteers and their leaders. Everyone who has his or her ( masked ) head firmly in place. If we all follow the rules and use commonsense we will be proud of ourselves this time next year. A big Thank You to us all!

Sam The Dog Apr 30, 2020 09:31 AM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

I prefer to follow the data. Gov. Newsome keeps saying "we'll let the data guide us" but refuses to acknowledge the very positive data currently available. I'll follow the data vs. the reactionary "rules" put in place by people operating way outside their area of expertise (if they even have an area of expertise that isn't politics).

sbmh2015 Apr 29, 2020 09:43 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

It's fine to ask this but, please, does anyone actually believe this will be enforced ? Our county got over a million dollars to support the no smoking ordinance. That was almost 3 years ago. You cannot go anywhere in this town or take a one mile walk around town without encountering folks smoking. No fines. No enforcement. Nothing. It's ridiculous and just makes this council "a boy who cried wolf". I'll wear my mask

MasterChief Apr 30, 2020 08:55 AM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

Does this apply to parks? I went for a walk through Shorline Park on Tuesday. It was Packed with people NOT wearing masks or Social Distancing! Kids running around unattended,cars circling the parking lots like Indians on a wagon train,looking for a parking spot. Seems SantaBarbara is Lakadaisical when it comes to covid 19. So kiddys,When your in the ICU GASPING for air like a gold fish out of water, Thank your neighbors that don't seem to have a clue,or just don't care! Please People! Be Diligent,wash your hands,Wear Your Masks! Be safe.

SBCountyLocal Apr 30, 2020 01:35 AM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

Don't you know how the City really uses the funds? To shoo the homeless off of State St. Police give token tickets. The homeless often have 2 tickets. Other's they target are street vendors. Do you really think the City would ticket tourists shopping downtown? Do you really think they would ticket bar hopping students at night?

a-1588216235 Apr 29, 2020 08:10 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

The L.A. mayor announced that they plan to test all L.A. residents, not just those with symptoms, starting with emergency personnel and working their way through various groups based on level of exposure or risk. He made it sound like he had arranged for it and it was already under way. How about our mayor get something going with testing?

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 29, 2020 05:08 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

Will the city even bother to enforce this? I suppose the misdemeanor will be in the form of a ticket, without any sort of booking. Can you imagine the excitement of the police, to be called to businesses to hand out tickets? What is the store employees supposed to do while they wait for police response, detain the person, possibly illegally? Let's say a misdemeanor is issued. Our courts are basically shut down, probably only operating to process arraignments and kicking people loose with $0 bail. Cases are pilling up, waiting for courts to resume activity, and now they'll have a pile of "failure to wear a mask" misdemeanors waiting for them when they open. A smart attorney would probably threaten to go to trial in order to waste court time and call the citing officers as witnesses. If the police fail to appear then the case would likely be dismissed. How many police really want to give out misdemeanors knowing that they may have to appear in court a few months from now. This whole thing seems unenforceable.

Xantus Apr 30, 2020 09:17 AM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

"So then why bother with the vote for proclamation and emergency order?"
but we know why CSF ;) it was purely to appease the many terrified people who call into city council with the thought 'the best thing I can do for the country is to complain / inform on other people'

Chip of SB Apr 29, 2020 09:34 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

A few years ago they tried to make minor in possession a misdemeanor. Once a couple of the kids in IV realized that meant they were entitled to a jury trial and plead not guilty it was quickly changed back to an infraction. I think you’re absolutely correct, anyone who pleads not guilty is going to see their “failure to wear a face covering” charges promptly dropped.

sbdude Apr 29, 2020 04:31 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

Let's all remember, the mask is not worn to protect the wearer. Unless it's a perfectly fitting N95 or better it will not protect you. It is used to keep your germs close to your mouth and nose and out of the mucus membranes of those around you. Anyone can carry the virus and be pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic and easily infect someone who may then come down with very severe symptoms. Thankfully, due to near univeral social distancing and (more recently) widespread mask usage, SB's new cases have slowed to a trickle.

RHS Apr 29, 2020 04:24 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

Kohn1--of course the council has the power to make law. That is definitional. Perhaps you don't like the law but that is a different issue. We need to accept the social bargain and try and go along with the decisions of our elected representatives if we are going to live in a civilized community.

a-1588200434 Apr 29, 2020 03:47 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

Indeed, everyone knew, including myself. I protected myself and my family, as everyone should have since we all knew this was coming. I certainly was not going to wait for "mother government" to send me a nice note to warn me. Most of my friends and family did the same.

a-1588196090 Apr 29, 2020 02:34 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

SBLOCAL - Most likely because pretty much all docs and scientist were saying (and most still do) that masks are not very effective and can in some cases increase risk of infection. From what I've seen out and about, they really just provide a false sense of security.

a-1588227965 Apr 29, 2020 11:26 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

Masks prevent the sick person from spreading it at a higher percentage than if a well person alone wears one. And if both people wear masks, the percentage goes up even higher. So. Korea figured this out early on and required everyone to wear one. Of course, they also immediately ramped up production and were selling them for less than $1 each.....

Cadillackid Apr 29, 2020 02:32 PM
Santa Barbara City Council Votes to Require Masks Inside Certain Businesses

Seriously! What the heck? Now? Oh wow yea let’s DO IT NOW! Pathetic, the city the state POTUS everyone was TOO LATE to respond to the PANDEMIC!!! 4 months after the pandemic, “we have an idea, everyone should wear masks when they go into a store full of people” that’s a great idea why didn’t anyone think of that?

Can y’all tell how frustrated I am?

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