The county and city of Santa Barbara are reminding community members and visitors that local health officials order 2020-12.5 prohibits ceremonies of any size due to elevated disease transmission of COVID-19. A gathering is defined as any event or conference that brings people together in a single room or single indoor or outdoor space; Limited exceptions apply. Santa Barbara County remains on the state’s county surveillance list due to consistently high positivity rates.
The Sunday Cruiser Ride is a Santa Barbara tradition every year during the Fiesta, but this year cannot be without endangering the community with the spread of COVID-19. County and city officials urge those who may be planning to join this ride to cancel their plans for the general safety of the community. If community members are aware of plans for others to join, we urge you to share this message with them.
The risk of contracting COVID-19 is greatly increased in crowded spaces and close contact with others. “Big bike riding, though out, is a significant risk for the transmission of COVID-19,” Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg shared. “Such developments begin and end with gatherings of people in close contact and as a result COVID-19 can be transmitted by individuals who are not symptomatic, but are actually contagious. These assemblies pose a very high risk of rapid and widespread coronavirus infections and are therefore prohibited by the Health Order. ”
To help prevent the spread of the virus, the community is encouraged to avoid gathering for gala celebrations and activities, instead participating in virtual music and dance offerings at https://www.sbfiesta.org/ To find safe ways to take.
For more information about the local COVID-19 response, visit www.publichealthsbc.org or call the county call center at 1 (833) 688-5551.