With 4th of July weekend coming up, the temptation to get together with friends and extended family is understandable but with COVID19 spreading at an alarming rate in our community, please consider the risks as you make your plans. By taking the following precautions you can help limit the spread of this virus:
- Avoid gatherings with people outside of your household.
- If you have to get together, go outside and stay six feet apart.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
- Wear a mask.
In addition, beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties will be closed this weekend. Parking at state beaches in Southern California and the Bay Area will also be closed. Because these neighboring beaches will be closed, I am increasingly concerned that Santa Barbara beaches will become overly crowded without room to safely physically distance. As such, I strongly recommend avoiding the beach this weekend. For more details on your county's guidelines, visit publichealthsbc.org or venturacountyrecovers.org
Because of our community's growing rate of positive COVID19 cases and increased hospitalizations, Santa Barbara County and Ventura County have been added to the Department of Public Health's list of counties that they are watching closely. With that, come additional restrictions:
For the next three weeks, the following indoor operations must move outdoors or close:
- Wineries and Tasting Rooms
- Movie Theaters
- Family Entertainment Centers
- Zoos and Museums
*Bars must close all operations.
You can read more about this at covid19.ca.gov
I know how hard this is. But if, and only if, we all do our part we can overcome this disease.
Let's celebrate the birth of our great nation by getting this virus under control. Stay home. Save lives.
Senator, 19th District