Bars serving food ordered to close

I am hearing that brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs and lounges have been ordered to close all operations. I have also been told that some venues, such as Island Brewing Company in Carpinteria, have rolled back to to-go only sales until further notice. Earlier in the week I spoke to bar managers on the 500 block of State Street who were setting up catering through a neighboring restaurant so they could keep their doors open but that option appears to be unavailable now. Here is the public health directive:

July 2, 2020


(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Santa Barbara County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a Health Officer Order mandating the closure of multiple business sectors that promote the mixing of populations beyond households and create environments where physical distancing and wearing face coverings is difficult. This guidance is effective at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2020 and will continue until 5 p.m. on July 26, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.

At the direction of the California Department of Public Health and by mandate of the health officer order 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; and
• Indoor operations of Dine-in restaurants, Wineries and Tasting Rooms,
• Indoor operations of Family Entertainment Centers, Movie Theaters, Zoos and Museums, and Cardrooms

Outdoor operations of the above listed sectors, except for bars, breweries, pubs and brewpubs, may remain open with strict physical distancing protocols in place.

“We have made the decision to close these businesses in order to follow State guidance, especially since our case count continues to rise day by day. This action, particularly in anticipation of the holiday weekend, is a proactive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 locally,” said Dr. Henning Ansorg.

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