COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus Resources

COVID-19 Updates


Limited Indoor Activity Approved

25% capacity (or 100 people, whichever is less) ONLY if you also offer a sit-down meal

Monday, October 5, 2020 2:48pm


Santa Barbara County Approved for Tier Red of Reopening

No indoor activity for wineries until Tier Orange

Thursday, October 1, 2020 4:56pm


Suspension of Live Music

Cannot have live music according to recent Health Order

Friday, Jul 31, 2020 4:11 pm


Confirmation No Food Required for Wineries

We confirmed you don’t have to serve food and guide for live music

Monday, Jul 27, 2020 7:47 pm


Update from Governor: No Indoor Tasting/Activity

Tastings must be conducted outdoors. Information on how to expand footprint

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2020 2:51 pm


Update on Bar Closings in California

Wineries are exempt from California’s order to close bars

Sunday, Jun 28, 2020 9:03 pm


Wine Institute Update: Footprint Expansion & Face Coverings
Update on ABC allowing footprint expansion without food and California’s mandatory face mask mandate
Friday, Jun 19, 2020 12:40 pm


Stage 3 of Re-Opening is APPROVED
Information and guidelines to open in Stage 3.
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 7:23 pm


Stage 3 Re-Opening FAQ’s
Detailed answers on how to proceed with Stage 3 Re-Opening on June 12, 2020
Tuesday, Jun 09, 2020 11:16 am


Stage 3 Re-Opening Announcement
Details from the state about Stage 3 of Re-opening
Friday, Jun 5th, at 9:14 pm


Notice to Vintners
information on enforcement efforts around the county and other updates
Friday, May 29th at 5:06 PM


EHS Application
EHS application as well as other steps to open in Stage 2B for wineries
Thursday, May 28th at 3:51 PM


ABC Update & Workshop
Updated details on how to serve food
Wednesday, May 27th at 8:42 AM


New Food Service Protocols
Information on updated food protocols during Stage 2B
Tue, May 26th at 7:32 PM


Updated Stage 2B Info
Information on food licenses and meals
Tuesday, May 26th at 12:59 PM


Updated Stage 2B Re-Opening
Details on re-opening with caterers and restaurants
Friday, May 22nd at 9:24 PM


Additional Stage 2B Re-Opening Information
Instructions on how to apply for multiple options on re-opening
Thursday, May 21st at 8:34 PM


Stage 2B Re-Opening
Announcement for Stage 2B of Re-Opening
Thursday, May 21st at 2:09 PM


ABC Notice Updates
Information on ABC Update 4 (extending footprint) and Update 5 (partnering with food purveyor)
Wednesday, May 20th at 4:28 PM


RISE Update from Board of Supervisors Meeting
Information from the Board of Supervisors meeting that took place on this day
Tuesday, May 19th at 1:29 PM


RISE Update
Update on re-opening in RISE framework and path to being added to Stage 2B
Monday, May 18th at 4:52 PM


Re-Opening Update
First announcement of RISE plan
Monday, May 18th at 12:10 PM


Re-Open Update
Update on County, State and Wine Institute efforts on determining a pathway to re-opening
Thursday, May 14th at 1:38 PM


COVID-19 Virtual Townhall with California Representatives
Teleconference with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Monique Limón, and Congressman Salud Carbajal about reopening California
Wednesday, May 13th at 3:33 PM


ABC Enforcement Reminder
Reminder that ABC is enforcing no-tasting order
Thursday, May 7th at 4:44 PM


Re-Opening Pathway
Announcement of Santa Barbara County constructing framework for re-opening
Wednesday, May 6th at 2:57 PM


Wine Institute Return to Business
Update about Wine Institute’s work on plan to return to business
Friday, April 24th at 10:21 AM


CAWG & EconAlliance Update
Opportunity to register for webinars
Monday, April 20th at 4:46 PM


Wine Institute & EconAlliance Update
Offers from Wine Institute & Info on programs from EconAlliance
Wednesday, April 8th at 6:16 PM


Health Officer Order
Santa Barbara County Public Health reminder to not conduct tastings
Tuesday, April 7th at 2:09 PM


First Responders Offering
Offer to donate wine to first responders throughout California
Monday, April 6th at 8:13 PM


Wine Institute Update
Update on Business Interruption insurance and employment law from Wine Institute
Thursday, March 26th at 10:13 AM


Insurance & Employee Information

Update from Wine Institute on Business Interruption insurance
Wednesday, March 25th at 9:45 PM


Wine Institute Update
Wine Institute update reminding no on-site tasting/consumption allowed
Tuesday, March 24th at 1:32 PM


More Offers for Wineries
Opportunities to promote specials
Monday, March 23rd at 4:47 PM


ABC Update
Information on how ABC is suspending enforcement
Friday, March 20th at 1:41 PM


COVID-19 Info
Opportunity to list specials on wine sales
Wednesday, March 18th at 4:25 PM


Coronavirus Local Assistance
Announcing assistance programs for small businesses
Wednesday, March 18th at 12:08 PM


Coronavirus Announcement
Announcement of pandemic and closure of tasting rooms
Sunday, March 15th at 9:05 PM

This week, the State published the following changes and additions:


  • Schools and School Based Programs – updated guidelines and checklist and added information related to sports programs
  • Youth Sports Programs (NEW)


These updates have been made on the website and to the RISE Guide.


We wanted to thank the hospitality and restaurant leaders for participating and assisting with connecting us to the your industry sectors.  This communication is greatly appreciated and will help to educate and outreach where possible.


Public Health has issued the information below related to food service providers and we have sent it out to Dine-in Restaurants and the Beverage Industry that are Self-Certified. Please feel free to copy and share with your restaurant connections.


To All Food Facility Owners/Operators/Managers:


Over the last few weeks Environmental Health has received many calls from food facility operators and food service workers reporting COVOID cases in the workplace and looking for guidance on what to do or what should be happening. It is critically important that workers who have tested positive, or who are displaying symptoms of COVID, stay home. In addition, the owner/manager should be taking steps to identify other workers that may have been in close contact with the infected worker and take measures to assure that they quarantine themselves.

This is not to suggest that workers are becoming infected in the work place, but is of concern because of the potential to further spread the disease while at work. The State Health Department has prepared detailed guidance for employers explaining what to do when employees become ill. That guidance can be found at: .


The guidance is quite detailed and is broken down into several major sections:



  • Planning and preparation for an outbreak in the work place
  • Reporting outbreaks and suspected outbreaks to the local health department
  • When to report to Cal OSHA
  • Identifying additional infected employees and close contacts of infected employees
  • Employee notification and management
  • Determining when employees should isolate and when they can return to work
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection
  • Keeping up-to-date on the most recent guidance and information


It is imperative the sick workers are identified quickly and given appropriate direction before the disease has an opportunity to spread further. I know that this is challenging and I trust that everyone will do his or her part to manage these challenges in order to protect your workers, your business and the public. Please read the information carefully and prepare a plan before you have an outbreak so that you can response quickly and with confidence. Your leadership will help your employees get through this with less anxiety and fear.


Not specifically discussed in the guidance is the need to inform your staff about the importance of staying home when ill, assuring them that there will be no repercussions for reporting illness, and helping them understand before an outbreaks occurs what actions they can expect of management if an outbreak does occur. It seems that many employees don’t know what happens when someone in the work place becomes ill, resulting in confusion and concern for their own safety.


Environmental Health Services remains available to help with questions and individual guidance.

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Business-to-Business Offerings

Santa Barbara County Mask Network


The mission of the Santa Barbara County Mask Network is to provide community information and support with cloth face coverings


  • to assist a dynamic community of cloth mask makers with resources and logistical support
  • to help direct masks to essential workers and community members
  • to help protect the community from the spread of COVID-19
  • to engage the community in a shared effort to protect and support each other in a time of unprecedented need


The Santa Barbara County Mask Network assists local government, non-profits, community groups, and volunteers to protect community members and fight the spread of the coronavirus, with face covering information and resources, as we all learn how to live in a world where masks are a way of life.

Mobile Payments, Web, and Curbside Pick Up Options (Preferred Payments)


As a member of the Santa Barbara Vintners, Preferred Payments is here to support you in any way needed to facilitate changes needed to safely do business during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We can help by quickly providing payment solutions and support during this time.

If you need to do curbside pickup, we can quickly get you up and running with a mobile solution.  If you need an online solution, we help to provide that as well.

We are also here to simply offer advice on how other Wineries are coping with this National Emergency.


Katie Orkin and Robert Blume are your contacts at Preferred Payments.  They are here to help in any way needed.


Here are their direct contact numbers:
Katie Orkin: 805.472.4908
Robert Blume: 805.409.7784

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