Santa Barbara County announced on Friday that it will fully reopen its public facilities to the community on June 16, the day after the state’s COVID-19 multi-level reopening framework is retired.
The Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County Administration buildings will be open to the public, but the Supervisory Board meetings on June 15, 22 and, tentatively, July 13, will continue to be virtual and remote only due to the limited capacity in council chambers, according to Gina DePinto, spokeswoman for the county.
Visitors, employees, vendors and consultants will always need to wear face coverings when participating or attending in-person meetings, DePinto said, adding that they would not be asked for their immunization status.
The policies will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and updates will be provided as needed, DePinto said.
In addition, on June 15, the RISE program, which sets a framework for businesses and organizations to safely reopen, will end and businesses will be able to resume operations as usual, with a few exceptions for mega-events, according to DePinto.
Daily COVID-19 figures
The cumulative number of COVID deaths in the county has remained at 452.
There have been 36 new cases reported in the past week, with an average of just over five cases per day, according to tracking data by Noozhawk.
The number of patients still considered infectious fell to 33 on Friday.
Six people have recovered from the virus in local hospitals, including two in intensive care units. There have been 57 daily hospitalizations reported over the past week, averaging just over eight per day.
Two of Friday’s new cases were from Santa Barbara, one from Isla Vista and one from Santa Maria.
The county reports that it has administered more than 441,000 doses of the vaccine to eligible county residents, and 65% of eligible residents have been vaccinated against the virus, DePinto said.