Travel Information for the Santa Ynez Valley

As of 8am Tuesday, January 26th, the Santa Ynez Valley is open for leisure travel.

Please read more at the following links:

WHAT IS CURRENTLY OPEN IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY?* (updated 2/11/21)

  • Hotels & accommodations open with modifications. Travel for leisure is permitted at this time.
  • Retail at 25% capacity indoors.
  • Outdoor Recreation including golf courses, hiking trails and parks.
  • Restaurants for outdoor service, take-out, pickup and delivery. 
  • Wineries for outdoor service only.
  • Fitness centers, gyms, and studios (outdoor only and masks required).
  • Museums outdoor only.
  • Weddings ceremonies indoors at 25% capacity with additional modifications.

*While the above businesses are allowed to be open, some have adjusted hours, or are still in the process of reopening. Please check with individual businesses you wish to visit to confirm business hours, available services, and individual guidelines.

THE BASICS: REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFE TRAVEL

  • All individuals* are required to wear a face mask when inside of, in line to enter, or when conducting business through a car window or walk-up counter with any businesses including but not limited to restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, laundromats, pharmacies, and government agencies. Masks must also be worn outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible. *Children ages 2 and under are exempt. Details on California’s mask mandate can be found here
  • A face mask must also be worn when using public transportation, a private car service, or a ride-sharing vehicle.
  • Please keep your distance and remain 6 feet apart at all times.

HEALTHY TRAVEL PRACTICES 

  • The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) have advised travelers throughout the world to follow best-health practices any time when traveling, including:
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Wash hands often
    • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
    • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For local public health information, visit the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department: https://publichealthsbc.org/  

CDC – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice to travelers:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

U.S. Department of State – official travel advisories outside and within the U.S. are posted here:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html