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More business operations are allowed as Santa Barbara County officially enters least-restrictive ‘Yellow Tier’

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – Some businesses across Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties are allowed to expand capacity limits after moving into the state’s least-restrictive ‘Yellow Tier.’

Businesses like Cubanissimo Cafe in Orcutt and Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria are still recovering financially.

Managers said things are looking brighter.

While in the ‘Yellow Tier,’ COVID protocols are still enforced for now.

Businesses say the biggest challenge right now is hiring.

“It’s definitely a lot less people in the job market for our industry so that’s been a bit trick,” said Cubanissimo Cafe co-owner Chrystal Trenado.

Although managers say it is thrilling to be in the least-restrictive tier, many are looking forward to fully reopening as soon as next week.

Some of the business activities that now allowed under the Yellow Tier include:
• Restaurants: 50% capacity indoors; 200-person maximum is removed.
• Gyms and Fitness Centers: 50% capacity indoors; saunas and steam rooms can open.
• Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries: 50% capacity indoors or 200 people maximum.
• Movie Theaters: 50% capacity indoors; 200-person maximum is removed.
• Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: Indoor capacity limit removed.
• Bars with no food service: 25% capacity indoors or 100 people maximum.
• Gatherings and events: View the County’s checklists for capacity limits and restrictions.

For more information on the state's 'Yellow Tier', click here.

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Karen Cruz-Orduña

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