Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County has met the State’s Yellow Tier case rate and positivity rate allowing movement into the less restrictive Yellow Tier, effective Wednesday, June 09, 2021 at 8 a.m. A new Health Officer Order will be issued which includes guidance on business operations in the Yellow Tier. The new Health Officer Order will further ease restrictions and allow more indoor activities, in accordance with the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

To qualify for the Yellow Tier, a region must have an adjusted case rate less than 2 cases per every 100,000 residents, a testing positivity rate of less than 2%, and less than 2.2% positive tests for the health equity quartile. Santa Barbara County’s adjusted case rate is 0.9 cases per every 100,000 residents, the positivity rate stands at 0.7%, and the positive tests for the health equity quartile stand at 1.0%.

“The vaccines are working and the State will be lifting most restrictions beginning June 15. In particular masking except for in many workplaces, will become optional states Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for Santa Barbara County. “We all play an important part in defeating this virus and the community as a whole is safer the more persons are fully vaccinated. The vaccines have been shown to be very safe and effective even against newer variants of the virus. If you haven’t done so already, please get vaccinated today.”

Here are some of the changes allowed under the Yellow Tier as listed in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Activities Chart:

·       Restaurants: Indoor seating increases to 50% capacity or 200 people maximum (whichever is less).

·       Gyms and Fitness Centers: 50% capacity indoors; saunas and steam rooms can open.

·       Wineries and Breweries: 50% capacity or 200 people indoors maximum (whichever is less).

·       Movie Theaters: 50% capacity.

·       Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: Open indoors with modifications.

·       Places of Worship: 50% capacity indoors with modifications.

·       Bars with no food service: Open indoors with modifications, 25% capacity or 100 people maximum (whichever is less).

·       All retail: No capacity limits.


For more information about the COVID-19 response locally, please visit or call 2-1-1.

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dukemunson Jun 10, 2021 09:58 PM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

Still think it’s a mathematical impossibility or did you get the tickle/itch to look at the CDC numbers. Math is fun... give it a try sometime !!!

a-1623387905 Jun 10, 2021 10:05 PM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

You persist in claiming apples are oranges.

The CDC numbers for total deaths per 100K of population are:

Florida 173

California 158

Florida's policies killed relatively more of their population.

No need for compliactions. They've done the math for you. Properly.

Chip of SB Jun 09, 2021 01:35 PM
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The masks are never going to go away, at least not around here. People in california, and in Santa Barbara particularly, are extremely up-tight. The concept of people walking around going wherever they want without a care in the world makes people feel uncomfortable. Masks add an element of discipline and structure that people appreciate and will not let go of. You can’t just walk into a store to check it out, first you must stop and follow the masking rituals. People like it this way.

Shasta Guy Jun 09, 2021 01:46 PM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

I think many people have developed Stockholm Syndrome with their masks and won't be able to give them up. We'll find out on the 15th.

a-1623271915 Jun 09, 2021 01:51 PM
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@Shasta, you're forgetting that businesses and workplaces still have the right to enforce mask rules. Might want to keep one in your back pocket or else no soup for you.

Shasta Guy Jun 09, 2021 02:13 PM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

I always have one on hand for just such purpose. I think every pocket of every jacket has one. They are in the glove box. The back seat, the front seat. The little storage thingy between the front seats. The backpacks. It's like an infestation. They are littered everywhere outside like cigarette butts.

Shmonk Jun 10, 2021 04:34 PM
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151pm -- something tells me businesses are going to drop the mask mandate as soon as they are legally allowed to. Anti maskers shop too

a-1623275751 Jun 09, 2021 02:55 PM
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Social media use correlated with COVID infection:

sacjon Jun 09, 2021 04:08 PM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

OOPS - you don't need a mask in a restaurant, you silly "rebel!" I've been dining out and in bars without a mask since I got vaxxed. It's awesome!

ginger1 Jun 09, 2021 09:42 PM
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For consideration: In our community, south coast SB county, from Carpinteria to Gaviota, the total number of test case positives today is zero. The total number of possibly still infectious after being test positive this past week is 10 people. This out of 250,000 people living in 150 sq miles. That could mean that the chances of you bumping in to someone who could get you sick if you were one of the few unvaccinated people around here is.........pretty close to zero. If you're vaccinated, exactly zero. So you are wearing a mask because why?

dukemunson Jun 09, 2021 10:21 PM
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946pm : So on June 15th, when the Governor finally aligns with what the CDC has been saying for a long the smart thing to do, to still wear a mask in any/all/most situations? At what point (of ignoring the scientists who specialize in health) can you still consider yourself "smart"?

sacjon Jun 10, 2021 12:21 PM
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GINGER1 - Pit makes a good point. Does your 250K per 150sq ft figure take into account tourists? Did you factor in the infection rate of all the places the tourists are from? That "exactly zero" figure is pretty amazing, be better if it were actually true and not just some more made up "facts."

I'm fully vaxxed, but when go in a business that requires a mask, I don't cry and moan, I just do it. There's a chance I could still get sick, so no need to take that chance. It's a pretty small inconvenience so most adults don't mind.

Voice of Reason Jun 10, 2021 12:35 PM
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Sac, you have a greater chance of getting a major injury walking down the sidewalk than getting sick from covid after getting vaxxed. Do you walk around with a helmet on because they're is still a chance you might trip and hit your head? I mean it's a pretty small inconvenience so.....

sacjon Jun 10, 2021 02:19 PM
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VOR - comparing a helmet to protect against falling while walking to wearing a cloth face mask indoors where distancing is not feasible during a pandemic is truly indicative of your level of "reasoning."

PitMix Jun 10, 2021 02:26 PM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

VOR, always like factchecking your pronouncements from the mount because you are so often wrong:
Immunocompromised people comprise up to 4% of people in the US, and the vaccine won't help them. That is part of the reason that the vaccines are only around 95% effective. So 5% of us can get sick after being vaccinated, especially if you visit Alabama or Mississippi with low numbers of vaccinated people.

There were 14,000 pedestrian injuries in CA in 2018. That is 0.035% of our population and most of those are from actually crossing the street, not walking down the sidewalk.

Maybe if you compared the numbers that will get really sick from covid after vaxxing and all pedestrian injuries but I don't want to write your posts for you....

Ahchooo Jun 10, 2021 08:43 PM
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I like not getting colds. I might continue wearing masks in crowded places to avoid colds, bronchitis, influenzas... I assume that most viruses can get through a cloth mask, but I might try it for a while and see if it helps.

a-1623385303 Jun 10, 2021 09:21 PM
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"Often developing from a cold or other respiratory infection, acute bronchitis is very common."

sacjon Jun 11, 2021 11:43 AM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

VOR - that's at least 3 times in just this one thread that you've resorted to name calling and other ad hominem attacks on people. I will no longer engage with a child and I really think you need to change your "name." "Reason" has long escaped you as you insult those who disagree with you, despite your constant bragging that you don't.

Voice of Reason is no more.

Voice of Reason Jun 11, 2021 12:24 PM
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I agree I've been a little sharp, it's been a long week, but I double checked and I have not called anyone a name here.

sbdude Jun 09, 2021 10:09 PM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

So many people here talking up Florida like it's great or something. Florida could be for you! You realize you could sell your house in SB and live like a king there!

dukemunson Jun 09, 2021 10:18 PM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

Home prices are nice, and they did a little better in COVID (and a lot better from a small business
and keeping kids in schools/activities perspective)...but it's a little toasty and those Man of War's are no joke!

SBLetsGetAlong Jun 10, 2021 08:20 AM
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18 months in on this Coronavirus.
Tons of info, safe to say everyone is aware of the risks per the “science & data”.
Those at risk or who are concerned are vaxed.
If at this point one chooses to not vaccinate or has natural immunity (which the news & public health do not discuss) then that is their choice.
A non vax is not going to infect a vax.
And if the non vax chooses that then why are we all still required to wear masks?

sacjon Jun 10, 2021 12:03 PM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

VOR - so you think the government and scientists and medical experts are just trying to "control" you? It's got to be terrifying to always be afraid that the government is out to get you. Is that why some people love and obsess over their guns so much? Are they just constantly scared? Seems that way.

Voice of Reason Jun 10, 2021 12:33 PM
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Fauci admitted he lied about needing masks to control the public. Dr. Ghaly (head of the California Health & Human Services Agency) admitted the ban on outdoor dinning wasn't about the safety outdoor dining but "really has to do with the goal of trying to keep people at home" (actual quote). Those are just two examples, if you actually had an open mind and pushed aside your predetermined POV you'd see many many more.

sacjon Jun 10, 2021 02:48 PM
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VOR - Fauci wanted to "control the public" to slow the spread, not just have some delusional power as you all think. "Goal of trying to keep people at home" - yup, I know. So what? The PURPOSE was to slow the spread. Do you truly think the leaders and medical experts simply want to exert control over the populace for the sake of "power?" That's what I'm talking about. I really don't care if they institute some rules that might be overkill simply to try to do what they can to slow the spread of a (then) novel virus that was spreading across the globe like wildfire. Perspective man. Perspective.

dukemunson Jun 10, 2021 02:55 PM
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Sac - Perspective is important, and that's where Pit has been wrong from day 1 about everything related to COVID. They cheered for schools to stay closed in the FALL and were upset they opened in the Spring. They touted fatality rates that were never considered anywhere near reality other than the first report out of Italy in March of 2020.

Voice of Reason Jun 10, 2021 03:16 PM
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I don't think, I know politicians and bureaucrats exerted controls beyond the powers granted to them by the people to help consolidate their power. There is not need for CA's state of emergency to continue, especially beyond the 15th but it will. Newsom literally said "yes, absolutely we see this [the pandemic]as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.” Wakeup Sac, they do not care about you but their long t-term agenda to stay in power. 2ndly, your basically giving them all an excuse to do what they did just because they were trying, well sometimes not doing anything (or simply providing guidance) is better than doing the wrong thing. For the CA to take the path it did, and incur the destruction the decisions caused, they better be damn sure it was going to work. But it didn't, and we all paid the price for no benefit. Worse, the faith many had in CDC, WHO, NIH, etc. and public health departments across the country are now gone. If the next pandemic comes with a truly dangerous virus (because there will be a next time) they've used up their tricks and will never again gain the mass compliance they had at the beginning of this pandemic.

a-1623369311 Jun 10, 2021 04:55 PM
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UCLA Anderson School of Management's June 2021 economic forecast:

"In his California forecast essay, UCLA Anderson Forecast director Jerry Nickelsburg writes that states such as California that have had stricter non-pharmaceutical interventions during the pandemic — for example, mask mandates and business closures — had better health and economic outcomes, relative to states with less stringent measures, with very few exceptions."

Shasta Guy Jun 11, 2021 07:16 AM
Santa Barbara County Move to Yellow Tier

We’re almost done with this, but we’re turning on each other like rats in a cage. Thankfully Newsom opens the rat cage door on Tuesday.


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