Santa Barbara County Moves Closer to Orange Tier

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County has met the State’s Orange Tier case rate and positivity rate for one week. If these metrics are met for one additional week, movement into the less restrictive Orange Tier may take effect as early as Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  This movement will further ease restrictions and allow more indoor activities, in accordance with the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

The County can move into the Orange Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy when its case rate has been under 6 cases per every 100,000 residents and test positivity is under 4.9% for the last two weeks. The potential for this forward move comes after the state raised the metrics threshold for counties to meet after achieving a goal to vaccinate more than 4 million Californians who live in areas hardest hit by the pandemic, as measured by the Healthy Places Index. Santa Barbara County’s adjusted case rate is currently 4.6 cases per 100,000 residents and local test positivity is 1.9%.

“We have made significant progress in lowering our local case rate and test positivity,” states Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for the County of Santa Barbara.  “Every member of our community has an important role to help us continue to enjoy the expanding benefits while continuing to be mindful of safety practices including wearing masks, physically distancing, washing their hands, and getting vaccinated.”

Some activities which will be allowed with Santa Barbara County’s anticipated move to the Orange Tier include:

  • Restaurants: Indoor seating increases to 50% capacity or 200 people maximum.
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers: 25% capacity indoors; indoor pools can open.
  • Wineries and Breweries: 25% or 100 people indoors maximum
  • Movie Theaters: 50% or 200 people maximum.
  • Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: 50% capacity for indoor activities.
  • Places of Worship: 50% capacity indoor activities.
  • Bars with no food service: Open outdoors with modifications.
  • All retail: No capacity limits.

For more information about the COVID-19 response locally, please visit or call 2-1-1 and press option #4.

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letmego Apr 14, 2021 08:59 AM
Santa Barbara County Moves Closer to Orange Tier

If anyone was wondering, the California "orange" is much in line with the CDC "yellow". I, for one, am looking forward to indoor pools being open. At least we aren't Michigan right now.

a-1618421428 Apr 14, 2021 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara County Moves Closer to Orange Tier

Cases are trending very low. 11 yesterday in all of SB County. Time to move on and start living mostly normal again. The restaurants must be hiring again for the reopenings next week. Hopefully.

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