Santa Barbara County to Announce 
Emergency Business Restrictions

This morning the State of California determined that transmission rates of COVID-19 were rising at a startling rate. Based on the spike in positive and active cases in our community, the state moved Santa Barbara County from our recent red tier to the most restrictive purple tier. Twenty-seven other counties were moved to the purple tier as a reference point for the situation, including all of the Central Coast and all Southern California counties.
We are expecting the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to issue orders to conform with this decision within the next 24 hours. With the assumption that the county health order is in alignment with previously published documents, we expect the following changes to immediately affect our local business community:

  • Hotel and lodging businesses would close fitness centers (pools would remain open)
  • Retail store occupancy would be reduced from 50% to 25% of capacity
  • Mall food courts would be closed, while retail would remain open
  • Movie theaters would close indoor facilities
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums would cease indoor activities, while outdoor activities would continue
  • Restaurants (including bars and tasting rooms that serve food) would close all indoor dining, while outdoor dining would continue
Please continue to monitor this webpage to receive the expected health orders.
Navigating The Purple Tier 
Downtown Networking & Strategy Call 

9-10 AM 11/18
2020 Retail Holiday Season
Getting Back to Growth
What you need to know to focus your energies 

COVID–19 has changed how shoppers intend to spend their money over the holiday shopping period. Given rapid shifts in customer behavior, retailers, shopping centers, and shopping malls need reliable data and insights they can trust to improve their profitability. Springboard Research, the predictive retail intelligence experts, has conducted an in-depth assessment of shopper perceptions across the US. Click the button below to get some key insights into costumer behavior.
An intimate and magical chamber music celebration of
Ludwig Van Beethoven's 250th birthday!

November 21 & 22
Recorded LIVE from the Music Academy of the West

State Street Promenade Market

Join us Thursday 11/19, 3:00 - 7:30 PM, on State Street between Canon Perdido & Figueroa and browse high-quality products curated from Santa Barbara's most talented artisans and makers!

Check out this weeks' vendors below!
Downtown Business Spotlight is a virtual interview series, where we chat and get to know our Santa Barbara business owners. Join us for this interview series in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Independent, each Thursday at 3 PM.


TOPIC: Design Insights from the Past and Present

Join Bob Stout in conversation with Lynne Tahmisian (La Arcada) and Dawn Sherry (Sherry & Associates Architects) as they discuss design insights from the past and present.
Did you miss last week's Downtown Business Spotlight?
Watch it below!
Hear Tyler Hayden in conversation with Jason Harris (City of Santa Barbara) and Barrett Reed (Miramar Group).
EDC's Free Weekly Webinars

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Pianos on State
Pianos on State has been enlivening Santa Barbara’s downtown for eleven years now, spontaneously reintroducing music and art into people’s everyday lives. While the safety considerations that COVID-19 asks of all of us mean that this year Pianos on State will need to be experienced differently, the need for music and art and enlivenment are needed now more than ever.
This year, painted pianos will be transported to beloved performing arts venues the Loberothe Santa Barbara Bowl, the Marjorie Luke TheatreSOHO, and Center Stage Theater to be featured in virtual concerts. Pianos will be painted gorgeously at the Community Arts Workshop by local artists, as always, with thorough COVID safety measures. There will also be a livestream from the CAW with local musicians and community members.
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