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South Coast jail reopens to visitors after months of restrictions due to COVID-19 safety concerns

Santa Barbara County's Main Jail is once again welcoming visitors as of March 14th, after a months-long shutdown due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

Masking, social distancing still required for visitors to Santa Barbara County's Main Jail.

The drop in COVID-19 case numbers on the Central and South Coasts has led to Monday’s reopening of the Santa Barbara County Main Jail to in-person visits.

Visits were suspended last September because of COVID-19 concerns. The closure was reinforced by an outbreak at the jail last December which eventually infected more than 270 inmates.

There will be some restrictions in place. The number of visitors at one time is being limited. Visits are being restricted to 30 minutes, to allow time for visiting areas to be sanitized. And, masks and social distancing are still being required.