GOLETA The Goleta City Council voted Tuesday night to ratify the City Manager’s local emergency proclamation, while also approving a resolution ordering temporary closures of restaurants and bars.
The city’s actions are aimed to “flatten the curve” and help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The ratification of the local emergency proclamation will enhance the city’s ability to access federal and state funds for response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to city officials.
The resolution to temporarily close bars and restaurants includes language that will allow the venues to offer take-out orders and meal delivery. All gyms, fitness centers, theaters, bowling alleys and arcades have also been ordered to close. The closures are aimed at reducing social contacts. The orders taken Tuesday will remain in place for 60 days unless extended.
“These measures are an expression of our highest priority – assuring the safety and well-being of our community. This resolution is consistent with the actions being taken by growing numbers of other cities in addressing the unprecedented challenges posed by this emergency,” said Mayor Paula Perotte.
Also Tuesday, the council approved a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions arising from nonpayment of rent caused by loss of income due to the pandemic. The moratorium will remain in place for 60 days unless extended.