A Message from
Estelle Bussa,
City of Ventura Economic Development Manager
Blueprint for a Safer Economy Unveiled

On Friday, August 31, 2020, Governor Newsom announced the Blueprint for a Safer Economy aimed at reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on business activities.

The state has created a new, tier-based system that replaces the County Monitoring List (Watch List). Every county in California is now assigned to a color-coded tier (1-4) based on its rate of new cases and positivity.

Currently, the County of Ventura is located in Tier 1, Purple: the highest risk tier. For a guide to Blueprint Activity & Business Tier, click HERE.
Moving Through the Tiers
  • CDPH will assess indicators weekly. The first weekly assessment will be released on September 8, 2020.
  • A county will remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a later tier.
  • A county can only move forward one tier at a time, even if metrics qualify for a more advanced tier.
  • If a county's case rate and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned to the more restrictive tier.
  • City local health jurisdiction (LHJ) data will be included in overall metrics, and city LHJs will be assigned the same tier as the surrounding county.

How to Advance
  • A county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks.
  • A county must meet criteria for the next tier for both measures for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.  
  • In addition, the state will establish health equity measures on activities such as data collection, testing access, contact tracing, supportive isolation, and outreach that demonstrate a county's ability to address the most impacted communities within a county. Additional measures addressing health outcomes such as case rates, hospitalizations and deaths, will also be developed and tracked for improvement.

"Blueprint" Website
Business owners are encouraged to visit the updated state website to find out more about allowable business activities in Ventura County.
Malls, Salons and Barbershops can Reopen Indoor Business Activities Beginning Monday, August 31st

The County of Ventura has revised its local order to allow for opening of hair salons, barbershops, and malls to 25% capacity beginning Monday, August 31, as defined in the Blueprint. Click HERE to review the order.

Another notable change is this tier requires that retail businesses are limited to 25% capacity for in-store shopping, with the noted exception for grocery stores.
Help Keep Our Community Safe!

When supporting Ventura businesses, don't forget to cover your face and maintain your space!  

Here's a few simple reminders on how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Let's do our part to keep all our loved ones safe!
We've created a central location for you to get print and digital Coronavirus COVID-19 design resources from local, state, and national agencies. This toolkit includes social media graphics and printed materials available for download. Click HERE.

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