October News 

Please be sure you have completed all the necessary steps in accordance with the Santa Barbara County Public Health for your business to be listed as safely open. You may have been visited recently by one of the county inspectors, they are around the valley, checking for proper postings and if physical distancing is being followed.  They are able to answer questions and guide you if needed.

Please be sure you are only allowing the proper number of consumers inside your location to insure proper spacing protocols.  You may become busy and this may accidentally get overlooked, Consider how you will monitor the number of guests inside if you have not done this already, be safe, this is a long weekend.

Here is a refresher to insure you have completed all steps and printed a "We are Safely Open" attestation poster for your door or window.

1) Read the guidance for your specific industry and perform a risk assessment, implement a COVID-19 protection plan for your business - this protection plan must be in writing, kept onsite and readily available. I suggest you keep a file with copies of the protection plan, checklist and all safety certificates for your industry. Templates for the protection plan are under your industry guidance link on Recovery SBC website below or create your own if needed.

2) Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms.

3) Implement individual control measures and screenings and complete the checklist for your industry and post it visibly, (keep a copy in your file).

4) Implement disinfecting protocols and physical distancing guidelines, be sure you have signage to reflect face covering and social distancing requirements out front or in a visible location as you enter.

5) Print the "We Are Safely Open" self-attestation form and post on all entry doors, keep an extra copy in your file too. has all the details and links or contact the Chamber if you have questions.
The County of Santa Barbara has issued guidance to safely and creatively celebrate Halloween this year. We are currently in the Red Tier where virus transmission is substantial.  You can read all the guidance and find links here.

Children can take part in a virtual costume parade, email your photos by October 28th along with the first name and age of those featured in the photo, residing city or town, full name of parent or guardian with the words, "I authorize the attached photo(s) to be included in a broadcast on the County of Santa Barbara YouTube channel, website and Facebook" and the county will prepare a virtual show.  The show will air on October 31st at CSB-TV cable channel 20, YouTube at CSBTV20 and Facebook at countyofsb.
Dignity Health is offering a no-cost flu vaccine this Saturday, October 10th from 9:00 - 3:00 at their new location, 1992 Old Mission Drive, Suite 140. in Solvang.  No appointment is needed however, there is a limited number of shots available for adults 18-64 years of age.

They recommend following these safety precautions:
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick and stay home if you are ill
  • Wear a mask when in public
  • Use your elbow to cover a cough or sneeze
  • Wash hands thoroughly for 20-seconds and carry hand sanitizer with you to use frequently
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Disinfect surfaces
  • Ensure you are maintaining physical distance of 6 ft in public spaces
  • If you experience symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, headache, muscle and body aches, nausea, shortness of breath, sore throat - call your doctor.
Santa Ynez, Solvang, Los Alamos and Ballard Residents

Sunday, October 11th from 9:00 am. - 3 pm

You may drop off hazardous waste, free of charge at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos.  This is a special event available to those in the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County plus residents of Solvang.  An event for Buellton residents will be held at a later date.

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Practical Mindfulness Webinar
How Small Business Owners Can Optimize Their Performance

Monday, October 12th 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Dr. Amy Saltzman will offer practical skills proven to benefit business owners and employees, people dealing with typical day-to-day stress and those facing more intense challenges.  Learn skills for achieving peak performance and finding flow at work and at home.
Register Here for Practical Mindfulness
Lauren Mahakian has dedicated her life to working with the memory care community.  She offers valuable, free, one hour, monthly Zoom webinars to address the needs and concerns of those dealing with cognitive impairment and their caregivers.

Traumatic Brain Injury can occur, not just in the NFL, but with high school and college sports, cheerleading, veterans, construction workers, ranchers, horseback riders.  People who have had a stroke, cancer, or suffered a heart attack or sustained a fall are subject to brain injury and cognitive impairment.

Call 310-383-1877 for more information.  

Lauren will offer another Zoom session on November 17th at 11:00 am.  
TBI Zoom Link
Secure ballot boxes are up in the Santa Ynez Valley:

Buellton City Hall, 
107 W. Highway 246
Buellton, CA
Accessible/Drive up/Walk-Up

Los Olivos Branch Library
2374 Alamo Pintado Ave
Los Olivos, CA

Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA
900 N. Refugio Rd
Santa Ynez, CA

Solvang Veteran's Memorial Hall
1745 Mission Drive
(Parking Lot by Library Drop Box)
Solvang, CA

For a complete list of ballot drop box locations throughout Santa Barbara County click
The Santa Ynez Chamber of Commerce will hold another safely-distanced outdoor movie night on Halloween.  The annual Halloween Street Faire in Santa Ynez has been cancelled due to the health pandemic so we have obtained permits and approvals from the County of Santa Barbara to hold another outdoor movie event on October 31st.  The first one sold out and cars streamed in as soon as the gates were opened.  The local restaurants offered outdoor dining and food to go, and the SY Elks offered popcorn, hot dogs and pre-packaged candy. This year it will be dark early (a full moon, actually called a full blue-hunters-moon this year, is expected) so if you don't have time to prepare dinner, call in an order at one of the local restaurants, pick it up and dine in your car.  Make a memory for Halloween 2020 with dinner and an outdoor movie, have fun safely. Costumes are encouraged!

We are currently awaiting movie licensing approval and will release movie and ticket information to you, our members and followers first, as soon as we get the green light. 

If you have a little room in your advertising budget and would like to help sponsor this event, contact the Santa Ynez Chamber at for more details. 

Thank you and hope to see you
- from a distance -


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