Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging the community to continue vigilance in adhering to safety guidelines aimed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, during Spring Break.  When considering how to spend Spring Break, the community is asked to make efforts to stay local. Continue to practice safety guidelines including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

Gathering in large groups is not permitted at this time. If people must gather, gatherings must be kept small and include 3 households or less. They should be kept short in duration, masks must be worn and physical distancing should be practiced.

Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department says, “Just as quickly as we began to see a decline in cases, we can easily revert and see an uptick. We must remain vigilant if we want to continue moving forward. This can only happen if we all do our part,” says Ansorg.

Included in safety guidelines when considering plans for Spring Break, when traveling out of state, a 10-day quarantine should occur upon return. Testing is strongly recommended upon return as well. Locations for no-cost testing throughout Santa Barbara County can be found here.

“We have worked hard to get our kids back to in person learning,” says Ansorg, “it is in our control to keep this in place. With new, more dangerous, variants now detected in our community, an uptick in cases can happen quickly if we do not continue the to practice the needed safety precautions,” says Ansorg.

For more information about the COVID-19 guidance and the local response, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org.

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Andrea Smith Mar 20, 2021 05:42 PM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

My neighbor is a nurse and she had a gathering last night - definitely no masks, indoor and not short duration. If our medical professionals are not even following this then good luck for the rest.

Andrea Smith Mar 21, 2021 10:00 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

Nope, just her friends. She's been doing it this whole time, has had many of these even before vaccines. REally makes me worry about the state of our medical system and if it could be being spread even by people like her, to those in the hospital.

Andrea Smith Mar 23, 2021 10:55 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

NONBIDENARY they won't do anything and I am not that type of person, although It bothers me that perhaps she is spreading it to others at her job. It's a dilemma but I doubt they will do anything. She'll just deny it or make excuses. She was home alot during the worst of it, probably said she can't work with COVID patients now suddenly she's apparently at work more often. I know of another nurse at Kaiser up north - she is also anti mask, and says COVID is just a "bad flu" well she was stupid enough to post this publicly on FB, and she had her bio stating she worked for Kaiser and someone did report her and all that happened was she got reprimanded. And, when she was told she might have to work on the COVID ward due to shortfalls, she also suddenly claimed she wasn't trained enough to do it - yeah right. They are all full of it. It's one thing for the average Joe to shun these safety precautions but when you see medical folks doing it it really is worrisome.

PdW Mar 20, 2021 08:21 PM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

No... that stock photo is definitely not campus point. It doesn’t appear to be Sb county either... probably SoCal somewhere tho...

a-1616387821 Mar 21, 2021 09:37 PM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

Seems if he cared about his joke, he'd return to note sarcasm. If no one even grinned, it's not an effective joke. I too took it seriously, as nothing about it made me smile.

yacht rocked Mar 20, 2021 07:48 PM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

There's absolutely nothing wrong with SBCPHD urging vigilance in the battle against the virus. It's guidance that folks are free to take or reject. Better they say something optionally actionable than say nothing, although they forgot to quote Dr F. Gump's observation that "Stupid is as stupid does."

JB86 Mar 21, 2021 12:09 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

Quite right, Yacht. Public Health is obligated to issue its best advice, but as you allude, the people who most need it likely won't even see it, let alone abide. However, I'd have to admit IV is quieter tonight than usual on a Saturday, for whatever that may mean.

Roger Mar 21, 2021 06:33 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

2 Parties outside near by doubt if they had masks one family had it I stay away from everyone...I don't like some people anymore see their true colors no concern for others no friend of mine.

Catherine Mar 21, 2021 08:44 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

I walk on Hendry's everyday. During the week people are wearing masks, but this weekend, it was crowded and virtually no one. Its not locals who need warnings, it s the tourists bringing their viruses in.

Roger Mar 22, 2021 08:41 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

They even let the tourists smoke cigarettes on the pier someday we will lose it again and who will they blame? I bet the homeless as they are easy to blame..Crooked is What Crooked does..

bosco Mar 22, 2021 04:22 PM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

I can't believe we're still having this argument one year later. For the love of god, you don't need a mask at the beach. It does absolutely nothing. Even the slightest breeze will disperse any aerosol particulates enough to practically eliminate the chance of anyone inhaling a transmissible dose. You can not get COVID by passing someone on the beach.

biguglystick Mar 21, 2021 01:54 PM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

As for me and my people, we are staying safe until all are fully vaccinated, and even then, we'll still be wearing our masks when going into tight spaces like crowded grocery stores. I get that people have Covid fatigue, we certainly do, but we will still do our part! Sick of these idiots and anti-maskers who could not give a rat's.... about anyone but themselves.

smary Mar 23, 2021 07:17 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

The greatest 'covid fatigue' belongs to those who have severely altered their lives for the last year+ staying home 95% of the time, fearing an emergency home repair or trip to the Dr. could potentially cost them their lives, bearing increased cost of grocery delivery, only to see their efforts undermined by scenes such as this, or Fl spring breakers partying on.

PitMix Mar 23, 2021 11:02 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

I think in coming years, as those spring breakers age, there will be other pandemics where they will reap what they have sown with their irresponsible behavior. That's how it's always been, right?

Andrea Smith Mar 23, 2021 11:00 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

I agree with Roger, this pandemic has really brought out people's true colors, some for the better and some for the way worse. Such selfishness, screaming about their "rights" well their rights end where my and others right to life - and the attendant liberties - begins. But they only care about themselves.

dukemunson Mar 23, 2021 11:29 AM
Spring Break Guidance for COVID-19 Safety

Life goes on. Get the vaccine and avoid nightclubs and crazy beach parties...but we also cant hide in our houses forever. The overwhelming fear that drove most of the insane (and arbitrary) rules went too far...yes, If you are over 75 year old, 50+ pounds overweight and/or have health issues, it's a game changer...but seriously, it's time to resume life.

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