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Downtown Santa Barbara urging shoppers to support local businesses during second shutdown

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Scott Sheahen / KEYT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — In the last seven days California is averaging 23,139 new COVID-19 cases per day. The increase in confirmed cases and hospitalization caused California Governor Gavin Newson to impose a second shutdown for most of the state.

Now Downtown Santa Barbara is working to help those businesses that have to shutdown or significantly drop their capacity during the holiday season. Due to the shutdown order restaurants can only be open for takeout or delivery, shopping is reduced to 20% capacity and museums and zoos have to close.

Downtown Santa Barbara is focusing on increasing Santa Barbara’s digital presence. Encouraging shoppers to support local stores this holiday season online. And help restaurants especially on Take-out Tuesdays. They have an online holiday shopping guide of local stores and restaurants on their Downtown Santa Barbara website.

Promotions and gift card deals will be available on Downtown Santa Barbara’s website and social media pages. As well as their Downtown Digital Pop up Series from a different business every day at 3 p.m.

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Scott Sheahen is a reporter for NewsChannel 3-12. To learn more about Scott, click here.

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