Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a health officer order requiring all beaches to close to the public during the Fourth of July weekend.
Beaches will close from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
The decision to close beaches was determined after Santa Barbara County did not meet metric objectives established by the state Public Health Department regarding Covid-19 infections. Over the past 16 days, Santa Barbara experienced elevated disease transmission, increasing hospitalization and limited hospital capacity, according to the County Monitoring Metrics.
“The temporary closure of all beaches is necessary due to the anticipated high volume of people at our beaches during the July 4th weekend,” said Ansorg. “The landscape for this upcoming weekend has changed in the past few days as more and more counties have decided to close their beaches. This raised significant concern for the impacts to our local community.”
“Our number one priority is to protect the health and welfare of our citizens and we apologize for the inconvenience,” stated Carpinteria Mayor Wade Nomura, noting that he supports the county’s health order to close all beaches, including Carpinteria’s beaches. “The city is supporting this effort by closing various parking areas and providing law enforcement, code compliance and lifeguard support for the closure,” said Nomura.
Calling for cooperation, Nomura asked the public to “stay away from the closed beach areas.”
“We appreciate that the holiday weekend is traditionally a time for gathering of family and friends and that not participating in these activities will be a disappointment,” said Nomura. “I want to personally thank our community for its ongoing cooperation.”