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.

WHAT IS CURRENTLY OPEN IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY?* (updated 9/30/20)

  • Hotels & accommodations
  • Retail stores with indoor occupancy limited to 50% capacity.
  • Public hiking trails and parks
  • Golf courses
  • Restaurants (dine-in) with indoor dining occupancy limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. No more than ten (10) people shall be together at one table or tables pushed together as one table. Take-out and delivery is allowed. 
  • Wine-tasting rooms and wineries all with outdoor service only. No more than ten (10) people shall be together at one table or tables pushed together as one table.
  • Breweries and bars with meal service and outdoor only; meals must be purchased with alcohol. No more than ten (10) people shall be together at one table or tables pushed together as one table.
  • Fitness centers, gyms, and studios including but not limited to those for dance, yoga, pilates, crossfit, cycling, boxing, and martial arts with indoor occupancy limited to 10% capacity.
  • Museums with indoor occupancy limited to 25% capacity.
  • Movie theatres with indoor occupancy limited to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less.
  • Libraries with indoor occupancy limited to 50% 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.

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