SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that in-person visiting at the county's main jail will resume beginning next week.
Loved ones can visit those in custody for the first time in more than a year beginning May 10.
Visitors will need to wear a mask and practice physical distancing while visiting the jail. Masks can be removed during one-on-one visits. Visits are limited to 30 minutes to allow for cleaning.
In-person visiting schedules are set up to allow for physical distancing between visitors. Those schedules can be found here.
Visiting demands are expected to be high, and the sheriff's office said it will do all that they can to maximize visiting opportunities.
In-person visits at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail were suspended in March 2020.
Raquel Zick, public information officer for the sheriff's office, said the county's move into the 'Orange Tier' of the state's reopening plan allowed for the return of in-person visits at 25% capacity. Zick also said all inmates at the jail were offered the vaccine in late March and more than 300 of them are fully vaccinated.