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shortcut to this webpage is www.cityofsantamaria.org/coronavirus

Please check this webpage often for updates and share this link with your friends and neighbors so everyone has access to timely, accurate information. City of Santa Maria employees are working  to maintain all essential city services. To keep our community safe, we also need your help. Follow the guidance from public health officials, remain calm and look out for each other. Wear masks, maintain social distancing at home and at work, sanitize high-touch surfaces, and frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

VACCINATIONS

For information about vaccine distribution for community members visit http://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/. Appointments are available at www.myturn.gov.

Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) offers free rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments for ADA paratransit riders. Those interested should request vaccine transportation from the reservation dispatcher and request roundtrip tickets if needed.  

Learn what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is doing to advance COVID-19 vaccine equity for racial and ethnic minority groups.

Watch a series of bilingual videos highlighting different reasons why Santa Maria Valley community leaders chose to get vaccinated. The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce launched this campaign in May 2021.

MASKS

Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status (unless under 2 years old, medically unable, or hearing impaired, per a County Public Health Department Health Officer Order. This is effective across Santa Barbara County as of 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 6, 2021.

Audio files from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in English, Spanish, Mixteco, and other languages. These explain everyday prevention actions / Coronavirus stops with me / cleaning and disinfection / what to do if you are sick/ how to wear a mask / I think/know I had COVID-19 / Key times to practice social distancing / Key times to wear a mask / and more

For the latest City information visit the City's Twitter page and News Releases.

Quick Links:

County Health Officer Orders 

Evictions
 Paying Bills
Latest News
Foodbank distribution locations in Santa Maria (free groceries and fresh produce)
Business Resources
Coronavirus Resources (via the Public Library)
Rental Assistance
City Services
Mayor's Message to the community
Video answering community questions about COVID-19 in Santa Maria (October 21, 2020)
Business Resources

The City and the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce are assisting local businesses with the process of safely and successfully reopening. The Chamber offers numerous resources online. Mayor Patino and City Manager Jason Stilwell have so far participated in dozens of discussions with State, County, and local business leaders.

The RISE Guide, or Reopening In Safe Environment, is available for public review and feedback at ReadySBC.org under "COVID-19: RecoverySBC."

Logistical support guidelines for reopening businesses are available on the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce website, at www.santamaria.com/COVID19-Recovery.

Business Resources

The City of Santa Maria is committed to keeping the business community informed. The City working closely with its partner, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. Here are some resources:

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce webpage: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Santa Barbara County Workforce COVID-19 Business Resource Guide

SBA Disaster Loan Process

Santa Barbara Foundation COVID-19 Response Effort for Santa Barbara County

Workplace Health hygiene

Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office (price gouging complaints)

Paying Bills

Water/trash bill
Or, call (805) 925-0951 extension 2217 (English) or 2218 (Spanish)
Or, utility payment drop box at the City Hall Annex, 206 East Cook Street.

Mixteco speakers may click here to hear audio instructions how to pay their City utility bill
Pueden hacer clic aquí para escuchar instrucciones de audio en Mixteco sobre cómo pagar su factura de servicios públicos de la ciudad.

Alarm program bill
Customers with payments or questions about business licenses or utility bills are encouraged to first call (805) 925-0951

Unable to pay your electricity or natural gas bill? PG&E will not turn off your service. PG&E also offers payment plan options. Customer service: (800) 743-5000.

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) also will not turn off service due to nonpayment. Customer service: (877) 238-0092.

Evictions During COVID-19

There is Federal, State, and City guidance about evictions.

Federal: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services issued another Order temporarily halting residential evictions related to COVID-19 through October 3, 2021.

State: The California Rent Relief program is still accepting applications to help those impacted by COVID-19 to pay 100 percent of their rent and utility bills. Apply at www.HousingIsKey.com or call (833) 430-2122. State website: Rent relief guide (tenants & landlords)

City: The City’s temporary eviction moratorium was rescinded (ended) by the Director of Emergency Services on September 30, 2021, and the City Council ratified that decision on October 5, 2021. The City of Santa Maria adopted a temporary moratorium, evictions of residential and commercial tenants in the City for non-payment of rent related to COVID-19 financial hardships. Here is the news releases about that temporary moratorium.

VIDEOS: Tenant-Landlord webinar of May 8th English, and Tenant-Landlord webinar of May 8th in Spanish.

Rental Assistance

State Emergency Rental Assistance Program online application portal

Californians who have experienced a financial hardship because of the pandemic and who are most at-risk of eviction can now apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program to help pay past due rent. Renters and landlords can check eligibility and apply by visiting HousingIsKey.com or by calling (833) 430-2122 toll-free, seven days a week. 

City Services

To protect the safety and wellbeing of the community and its employees, the City of Santa Maria is taking steps to continue providing services to the public.  City offices are staffed and continue to operate. Most but not all public counters are closed to limit interaction and ensure social distancing. We continue to remodel counters to follow health orders and look forward to reopening.

passengers aboard SMAT are required to wear face masks/coverings.

 

Mayor's Messages:

VIDEOS

Mayor Patino: As 2021 begins with vaccinations and a post-Christmas virus surge, let's support each other 
Mayor Patino: As Santa Maria enters the holiday season, thank you for taking personal responsibility.

Mayor Patino says with the weekend approaching, avoid gatherings to protect your family
Mayor Alice Patino explains the County is classified as "purple" meaning widespread risk, and steps to slow the spread.
Mayor Alice Patino encourages everyone to follow these health practices...
La Alcaldesa Alice Patino alienta a todos a seguir estas practicas….

Mayor's Letter-to-the-Editor of April 7, 2020

Mayor Patino issued a statement assuring the community that the City is committed to taking all possible steps to ensure the community's health and safety. In Spanish (Declaración para la comunidad de parte de la Alcaldesa Alice Patino)

30-second video message from the five Mayors in northern Santa Barbara County:

 

City Services 

Many City services and instructions are available online, allowing customers to pay a bill, find phone numbers to contact staff, or submit requests, forms, applications, questions, and comments via email. Before making a trip, please check the City’s website, www.cityofsantamaria.org 

Links to other institutions in Santa Maria and their COVID-19 responses:

Foodbank: https://foodbanksbc.org/
Qualifying seniors can call 2-1-1 to request home food deliveries
 Marian Medical Center:
https://www.dignityhealth.org/central-coast/locations/marianregional/coronavirus
 Santa Maria-Bonita School District: http://www.smbsd.org/
 Santa Maria Veterans Administration Clinic: https://www.losangeles.va.gov/LOSANGELES/emergency/index.asp
 Southern California Gas Co (SoCalGas) bill payment options and services

Local Health Emergency is in place Countywide. Social distancing and personal hygiene are very important.

For the latest local information on COVID-19, please visit the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department portal https://publichealthsbc.org/.

Steps to protect yourself from all infectious diseases

Updated information: The County Public Health Department Or, call the PHD information line at (833) 688-5551.