Santa Barbara Co. bars, indoor wine tasting, movie theaters officially ordered to close

Posted at 2:12 PM, Jul 02, 2020

Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg officially ordered the closure of bars, indoor restaurant dining, and some other businesses on Thursday.

The mandate follows an order from Governor Gavin Newsom that comes in response to increased COVID-19 activity in 19 counties, including Santa Barbara.

The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, and continues until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, unless it is extended or rescinded.

The following business sectors must close:

  • Bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs, including bars located at permitted indoor and outdoor food facilities
  • Nightclubs, including private social clubs
  • Indoor operations of dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms
  • Indoor operations of family entertainment centers, movie theaters, zoos and museums, and cardrooms

Health officials say outdoor operations of such businesses may remain open, except for bars, breweries, pubs, and brewpubs.

Click here to read the full Health Officer Order.