July 2, 2020
Community Development Department
Business Update
State Issues Guidance on Business Sectors to Close Effective Immediately
On July 1, Governor Newsom issued guidance instructing counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more, to close indoor operations for certain sectors. The County of Ventura is impacted by this guidance.

Businesses within the sectors that are not able to continue their business through outdoor operations must close that portion of their business effective immediately for at least three weeks, in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 
Which sectors must close?

A ll brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor and outdoor operations until those establishments are allowed to resume operations per state guidance and local permission. A bar is considered any business that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on its premises, including but not limited to bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, if the business is not a permitted restaurant by the Ventura County Environmental Health Division. The previous method of bars/wineries partnering with a food truck etc. to allow on premises dining is not allowed.

Movie Theaters and Card room are not allowed to operate at this time.

Indoor Zoos and Museums Must Close. All indoor facilities operated by zoos and museums must be closed to the public until allowed to resume per state guidance and local permission. Outdoor facilities for zoos and museums may remain open following the state guidance here . Family Entertainment Centers may only operate outdoors.
Can restaurants be open?
Restaurants may allow outdoor dining only . Dine-in restaurants shall not allow indoor dining service until those establishments are allowed to resume indoor dining operations per state guidance and local permission. “Restaurant” means any business that is permitted as a restaurant by the Ventura County Environmental Health Division, even if it also possesses a license to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on its premises.

Outdoor dining is allowed with restrictions.  Outdoor dining is allowed subject to full compliance with all relevant portions of the guidance set forth in the California Department of Public Health Guidance on Dine-In Restaurants. In addition, local rules are more restrictive than the state guidance as follows:
  • 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

Restaurants should continue to encourage take-out and delivery service whenever possible; outdoor dining is permitted following the state guidance here, and local city orders. Restaurants that cannot accommodate outdoor dining can continue to provide take-out and delivery services. 

All industry or sector guidance documents that have been issued to date, including all infectious control measures outlined in those guidance documents, apply in outdoor settings, and must be adhered to.

The new local order went into effect at 11:59 pm on July 1, 2020 and can be read here .

Read the County of Ventura press release here .
Interested in Adding Outdoor Dining?

The City of Oxnard issued an Emergency Director Order that allows restaurants to establish and expand outdoor dining areas. For instructions on how to establish temporary outdoor dining click here .
Deadline for Business Assistance Grant Program July 8

All businesses are strongly encouraged to apply now for the Ventura County Business Assistance Grant at www.vcreopens.com ! Grants do not require repayment of any kind.

The program will have two rounds of funding at $5 million each, and grants will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to 1,000 recipients during the first phase, selected through a lottery, that meet the criteria. Applications for both rounds will only be accepted until July 8, 2020.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are here .

Read the Ventura County flyer here .
Vea el volante en español aquí .

Questions? Call 805-600-2875 or email businessassistancegrants@vccf.org .

City of Oxnard Economic Development Staff Available to Assist

Businesses that need assistance completing the online application can call the City of Oxnard Economic Development Division at 805-385-7407, or email maria.santana@oxnard.org, to schedule an appointment to use a computer.

Read the flyer here . Vea el volante en español aquí .
Ventura County Beaches Closed 4th of July Weekend, Gatherings Prohibited to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
Ventura County beaches will be closed this holiday weekend from 5 am on July 3, to 5 am on July 6, to prevent crowding that results in the spread of COVID-19. Parking lots and restrooms will also be closed. This temporary closure includes all beaches in Oxnard.

Read the County of Ventura press release here and the Order here .
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.