July 9, 2020
Community Development Department
Business Update
City of Oxnard Makes it Easier for Restaurants to Expand Outdoor Dining
City Fees Waived, Approval Process Time Shortened
To help small businesses during the pandemic, the City is waiving its fees and accelerating applications for restaurants to expand outdoor dining in public spaces and on private property.

In the wake of the state and county restrictions that allow dine-in restaurants to open for outdoor dining only , restaurants can add alfresco dining by applying here .

Please note:

  • No amplified or live music is allowed
  • No television is allowed
  • Overhead protection is allowed, however fully or partially enclosed (“party” style tents) are prohibited
  • Tables and chairs must be at least 6 feet apart
  • No food service equipment or service stations can be set up outside, only seating

In addition, restaurants in Ventura County must follow local rules:
  • Only members of the same household may sit together at a single table
  • The maximum time for a patron dining on the premises shall be 1.5 hours
  • Restaurants are required to close by 10 pm

Outdoor dining is allowed subject to full compliance with the state's guidance and all relevant portions of the guidance set forth by the California Department of Public Health. The outdoor dining only restriction will be in place for at least three weeks because of the surge in coronavirus cases.
Eviction Moratorium Extended
On June 30, Governor Newsom extended an authorization allowing local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by COVID-19 through September 30.

The expiration date of the City of Oxnard eviction moratorium was set to automatically extend if Governor Newsom extended his executive order; making eviction protections in the City of Oxnard now last through September 30.

Read the Governor's news release here .

Read the City of Oxnard Director Order here .
Paycheck Protection Program Reopened,
Deadline August 8
Have you been thinking about applying for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)? According to the Small Business Administration (SBA) more than 1,600 businesses in Oxnard were allocated PPP funding.

If you have been thinking about applying, the SBA has extended the PPP loan application deadline and you have until August 8,   2020 to apply.

PPP is designed to help small business, nonprofits, veteran organizations, Tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and other eligible borrowers keep their workers employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Loans will be fully forgiven if proceeds are used for payroll (at least 60%) and other designated business operating expenses (interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities) in the eight weeks following loan origination
  • Loan forgiveness is based on employer maintaining salary levels and quickly rehiring employees
  • Loans issued will have an interest rate of 1%, maturity of 5 years, first payment deferred for six months, and 100% guarantee by the SBA
  • No collateral, personal guarantees, or government or lender fees
Apply through any existing and currently issuing SBA 7(a) lender or other approved lender. Visit the SBA website to access lender forms, guidance, and interim final rules.

Read the PPP Frequently Asked Questions here.

Questions? Contact the Economic Development Collaborative  here .
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions on local rules visit the Ventura County Recovers website here .
Buy Personal Protection Equipment from California Manufacturers
California launched a personal protective equipment (PPE) marketplace for small businesses to get masks, sanitizer, and more. Check it out at www.safelymakingca.org .

Support California companies and get PPE locally to protect public health and help our state’s diverse neighborhoods thrive.

You can also visit the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce website for a list of locally sourced PPE here .
Now Open!
Local entrepreneurs have opened new business ventures in Oxnard!

The Raven Tavern , at the Seabridge Marina Center, 1 651 Victoria Ave nue (offers outdoor seating and take-out)

Sushi Way , 455 South A St reet in the Centennial Plaza (Opening soon!)

Local businesses are working hard to pivot, so it's essential to support them during this time! If you can, order take-out or delivery, buy gift cards, write positive reviews, like, share, post, and re-post on social media platforms.

Email us at communitydevelopment@oxnard.org to let us know if you have a new business that has opened!
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Questions regarding business compliance? Contact Ventura County COVID-19 Business Compliance by email at CovidCompliance@Ventura.org  or call 805-202-1805.