Travel Information for the Santa Ynez Valley

The Santa Ynez Valley is open for leisure travel.

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WHAT IS OPEN IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY?* (effective 8am 4/21/21)

  • Hotels & accommodations open with modifications. Travel for leisure is permitted.
  • Retail open indoors with modifications.
  • Outdoor Recreation including golf courses, hiking trails and parks.
  • Restaurants may operate indoors at 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Many will continue to offer outdoor service, take-out, pickup and delivery.
  • Wineries, breweries, distilleries can open indoors and outdoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity, or 100 people, whichever is fewer.  Many wineries may still require reservations, contact them directly to inquire.
  • Fitness centers, gyms and dance studios, including those in hotels and lodging rentals, may operate indoors with modifications at 25% capacity. Indoor pools allowed.
  • Museums may open indoors at a 50% capacity.
  • Libraries can open with modifications.
  • Weddings and receptions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, and capacity increases to 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In Orange Tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 150 people.

*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