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Santa Barbara County given approval to move forward in reopening process

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Posted at 5:19 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 15:15:55-04

UPDATE (12:12 p.m.) - Santa Barbara County's Health Officer issued an order Thursday morning providing guidance on the criteria and procedures the county will follow as it moves through Stage 2 of the governor's Resilience Roadmap. Click here to view the full order.

(5:19 a.m.) - The County of Santa Barbara's attestation to advance further into stage two of reopening was approved by the state's public health department.

The approval was announced Wednesday night on the county's website. This means retail and dine in restaurants have permission to reopen with specific guidelines to keep customers and staff safe.

County health officials are expected to release a public health order on Thursday, which has to be done before these businesses can officially reopen.

The county's website provides specific steps in their RISE Guide that businesses must follow and implement before opening.

As of Wednesday, Santa Barbara County is reporting 1,529 cases of COVID-19 in the county. 550 of those cases are community cases, the rest are cases reported within the Lompoc Prison.