Traveling Safely in the Santa Ynez Valley

As of Friday, June 12th, the Santa Ynez Valley is open for leisure travel. We’re thrilled to welcome you back to the six distinct communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Solvang and Santa Ynez. Here’s a little of what to expect during your visit.

On Friday, November 13th, the State of California joined Oregon and Washington in issuing the following travel advisories:

  • Against non-essential out of state travel
  • 14-day self-quarantine after returning to state
  • Stay local or regional

Please read more at the following links:

As travel within the Santa Ynez Valley remains open, we remind visitors that face coverings and social distancing are required.


  • Hotels & accommodations
  • Retail stores with indoor occupancy limited to 25% capacity.
  • Public hiking trails and parks
  • Golf courses
  • Restaurants (outdoor service only)
  • Wine-tasting rooms and wineries with outdoor service only. 
  • Breweries and bars with meal service and outdoor only; meals must be purchased with alcohol.
  • Fitness centers, gyms, and studios including but not limited to those for dance, yoga, pilates, crossfit, cycling, boxing, and martial arts (outdoor only).
  • Museums (outdoor only).
  • Libraries with indoor occupancy limited to 25% capacity.

*While the above businesses are allowed to re-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.


  • 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.


  • 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


For local public health information, visit the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department:  

CDC – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice to travelers:

U.S. Department of State – official travel advisories outside and within the U.S. are posted here: