Process Underway to Slowly Re-Open the City

We are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel as we begin to slowly re-open additional businesses in our City, following Governor Newsom’s modifications to the stay at home order. This process will be done in a thoughtful and safe way, closely following the State and County’s direction. Please know the City cannot be less restrictive than the state or County Orders.  Decisions will be made based on data and guidance from public health officials. 

Santa Barbara County is now moving through Stage 2 of the Governor’s 4-Stage Process. Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-60-20 provides guidance regarding the criteria and procedures on how to go about re-opening low-risk businesses for curbside pick-up.

Businesses permitted to reopen for curbside pick-up with safeguards include:

  • Antique Stores
  • Book Stores
  • Clothing Stores
  • Florists
  • Home and Furnishing Stores
  • Jewelry Stores
  • Music Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Toy Stores

These businesses will be open for curbside pick-up only and must also maintain physical distancing protocols for staff and customers. Supply chains supporting the above businesses in manufacturing and logistical sectors may also reopen while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines.

The County is also republishing the Social Distancing Protocol to provide guidance and resources for businesses falling in this Phase 2 Category. Low-risk businesses will be able to reopen safely while adhering to physical distancing guidelines provided by the Governor and the Santa Barbara County Health Officer.

Please visit Santa Barbara County’s coronavirus web page for other COVID-19 resources and updates at

For general questions about COVID-19 and guidance currently recommended by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551.

Tennis and pickleball courts have reopened at Evergreen Park, Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, Berkeley Park, and Stow Canyon Open Space in Goleta. Residents must comply with these regulations which follow the Santa Barbara County Public Health Order in order for the courts to remain open.