Last updated: 3/20/20 @ 5 p.m.
The health and safety of visitors to Santa Barbara, as well as our local residents and workforce, is of paramount concern during a time of uncertainty worldwide due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit Santa Barbara is committed to providing accurate and timely information. Below are resources for the Santa Barbara South Coast.
On March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order that all residents stay at home or in their place of residence, except for essential needs, such as picking up takeout orders from restaurants, grocery shopping and walking/running outside, unless they are working in critical infrastructure sectors.
While hotels and other lodging properties are allowed to remain open under this order, non-essential services are restricted throughout the state.
Future visitors are encouraged to confirm in advance all reservations and travel plans directly with their service providers, businesses and attractions.
General Santa Barbara Travel Information:
- Visitors already in the area are encouraged to follow healthy travel practices, in accordance with CDC guidelines (see below), and follow the state order (above).
- Dining and attractions:
- Some restaurants offer delivery service apps or curbside pickup, although all restaurants are temporarily closed for dine-in service; click here for a list of options.
- Indoor attractions and businesses, such as museums, theaters, bars, wineries and more, are temporarily closed (posted March 20).
- Most outdoor public hiking trails, beaches, bluffs and parks are open. Public play structures and exercise equipment are temporarily closed. All state park campgrounds are temporarily closed.
- Events: Most events through early May, including sporting events and shows at theaters, are canceled or being rescheduled, due to CDC recommendations (posted March 15).
- Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA): https://www.flysba.santabarbaraca.gov/
- Amtrak trains: https://www.amtrak.com/ or 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
- Santa Barbara Airbus has temporarily suspended service.
- Highway and road conditions, Cal-Trans: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or call 1-800-427-7623
Healthy travel practices:
The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) have advised travelers throughout the world to follow best-health practices any time when traveling, including:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Wash hands often
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department
Please note that worldwide and throughout the U.S., conditions around COVID-19 are rapidly evolving.
- The best source for local public health information is the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department: https://publichealthsbc.org/
- California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
- CDC – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice to travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- FAQ page for those considering travel within the U.S.: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
- U.S. Department of State – official travel advisories outside and within the U.S. are posted here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html
- Visit California: https://www.visitcalifornia.com/attraction/travel-alerts
Thank you for considering the Santa Barbara South Coast for your next vacation. We hope to welcome you when the time is right for a safe and enjoyable stay.