Please Be Responsible and Courteous 
and Wear a Mask in Public Areas
Effective immediately, Californians must wear face coverings when outside the home, with limited exceptions. Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus, especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. 

When Do You Need to Wear a Mask
Face coverings are required in the following situations: 
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public; 
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; 
    • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; 
    • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; 
  • While outdoors in public spaces when it is not feasible to maintain a distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household;
  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  • Obtaining healthcare services at, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle; 
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
Who Is Exempt From Wearing a Mask
The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering: 
  • Children age two years or under;
  • Persons seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service;
  • Persons engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running;
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering; 
  • Persons who are hearing impaired or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired; 
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines; 
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service. 
For more information, consult the  State Guidance for Face Coverings

For more information, please visit For general questions about COVID-19, call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551.The Call Center is open weekdays (except for holidays) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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