As you are aware, Santa Barbara County is currently subject to California Governor Newsom's new regional stay-at-home order, which means that you should not be traveling at all if you are currently in Santa Barbara County as you are subject to these restrictions which currently extend until December 28, 2020.
We are actively discouraging students from traveling over the winter break because of the serious risk of spreading COVID-19 to family and friends and also of bringing it back to our community. For those who must travel, Student Health has provided important travel recommendations. Anyone leaving and returning to the area should be tested both before departure and upon return to the area. Additionally, if you leave the area, you will be asked to sequester for 7 days upon returning, 14 days if you leave the state or the country. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have also published extensive guidance regarding the winter holidays.
UC Santa Barbara is offering expanded no-cost testing for all its students before the winter break. You can schedule a test in the Student Health portal.
Increased rates of positivity in Isla Vista will prevent all of Santa Barbara County from easing restrictions on businesses, activities, and gatherings, and will prevent the campus from resuming activities, including in-person instruction, and opening facilities that serve students during the winter quarter.
We wish all of you a successful completion of fall quarter and a wonderful and safe winter break. Stay Safe!
Margaret Klawunn Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Vejas Skripkus, M.D. Executive Director, Student Health & University Physician