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Santa Barbara bars and brewpubs prepare for second COVID-19 closure

To Go Cocktails
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To-go alcholic beverages are now permitted at bars, wineries, distilleries, and breweries that operate out of a meal service's kitchen.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Santa Barbara County bars, breweries, brew pubs and similar drinking establishment will have to close again. A rise in new COVID-19 cases is a concern for California's Governor and public health officials.

On Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom closed those businesses in seven counties. Another eight counties, including Santa Barbara, were recommended to close bars.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued a new health officer order on Monday, leading to the closure of bars within the county.

This closure comes about a month after restaurants and businesses that serve food were allowed to open. Many Santa Barbara bars added food sales in order to open with those restaurants. In the Governor's order, food must be on the same transaction as alcohol in order to sell alcohol.

Health / Santa Barbara- S County / Santa Maria - North County

Scott Sheahen

Scott Sheahen is a reporter at KEYT | KCOY | KKFX.