GOLETA, Calif. -- Halloween in Isla Vista won't be as rowdy as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic, but that isn't stopping the nearby city of Goleta from preparing for the worst.
Goleta City Council passed Halloween parking restrictions on Tuesday.
The restrictions have worked to prevent out-of-towners from parking in Goleta neighborhoods on their way to attend unsanctioned street parties in Isla Vista.
The resident-only parking permit program includes Hollister Avenue to Whittier Drive and from Cannon Green Drive to Storke Road.
Goleta Community Relations Manager Kelly Hoover said they decided to restrict parking out of "an abundance of caution" after hearing students were back and that some gatherings and parties have been taking place despite the COVID-19 health order.
"It has been successful in the past, staff recommended that the city council do that," said Hoover.
Hoover said the city would rather be safe than sorry, " considering the number of people in Isla Vista still even with online school and the fact that people from out of town are coming to the area."
Student Victoria Wong said, "I think it will be pretty mellow, however there are still people definitely partying, which I mean is a definite no, but I still think that regardless of restriction it will still be going on."
Two permits will be mailed to Goleta households in areas near the university and Isla Vista..
The Isla Vista Community Services District Director Ethan Bertrand said, "Halloween will look a lot different this year."
He said virtual events are being planned.
"Instead we encourage to celebrate Halloween with the members of their household, this way we can keep each other safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Lets celebrate Halloween safely," said Bertrand.
For more information about the evening and overnight parking program the weekend of Halloween visit cityofgoleta.org
For more information about the upcoming holiday in Isla Vista visit islavistacsd.ca.gov.