The City of Ventura's Economic Development Division is committed to providing local businesses with timely information and resources to help our community navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay connected at the City's  Economic Development webpage .  
 
New Stay Well VC Order

A new  Stay Well VC Order  has been published by the County of Ventura. This new order is set to expire on June 14 , 2020 and includes the following:

  • The reopening of places of worship following the state guidance. 
  • This order does not open up other whole industry sectors at this time. However, it allows Ventura County to stay in alignment with the state unless our local Public Health Officer chooses to be more restrictive for certain things. 
  • Eliminates special rules that singled out people 75 and older as well as those as young as 70 with an existing health condition.
  • Allows the reopening of HOA and apartment swimming pools with certain restrictions (public pools and those at athletic clubs or hotels are still closed)
  • This order does remove several restrictions to allowed activities: 
  • Golf carts are allowed (limit 1 person per cart), putting greens and flag pins are also allowed (with protocols).
  • Sport fishing is allowed with the guidance approved by Dr. Levin.
  • At last week's County Press Conference, additional openings for camping/beaches were announced. Passive recreation is allowed and expanded parking along the coast, including day use parking expanding at some parks. RV camping at the Rincon will be opening early this week at 50% capacity. The County of Ventura is finalizing operational protocols and will make announcements once those have been completed.
 
Stage 3 Reopening
Last Thursday, Governor Newsom announced the ability to open Stage 3  has been given to counties. The County of Ventura will provide additional information early this week once the state has provided guidance for these activities.
 
Other important Updates
  • Business Assistance Grant Program
  • On Thursday, May 28, the County Board of Supervisors approved a conceptual Business Assistance Grant Program, that will include $5,000 dollar grants to local businesses. The first round of funding will include $5 million and a second round with another $5 million is anticipated. Ample notice and communication will be given before the application period begins. Interested businesses should visit www.vcreopens.com. All registered businesses will receive direct communication as the program details and timelines are finalized. Those businesses interested in the grant program that are not yet able to register or reopen should still go to the www.vcreopens.com website and there they can “sign up to receive updates”. All of these businesses will receive the program information as well.
  • During this same action, the Board of Supervisors also approved a Rental Assistance Program for individuals. It will also have two rounds of funding at $5 million each.
  • Extension on Moratorium on Evictions
  • The County Board of Supervisors approved an extension to the Urgency Ordinance creating a moratorium on evictions. This extension is now tied to the State of California moratorium. Whether the State allows their moratorium to expire or extends it, ours will match theirs. 
  • Car Graduation Protocols
  • At this time, Ventura County Public Health is allowing car line celebrations for graduations, birthdays, and other special days. When followed, the Car Line Celebration Public Health Protocol will minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19. The carline must be organized by a designated host who is responsible for ensuring full compliance with the protocol and adherence to the State Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order, which precludes mass gatherings

REMINDER: WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE REOPENING  
Begin by reviewing the guidance published by the State of California at: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

  • Upon reviewing the guidance, complete a detailed risk assessment of your business in accordance with the state guidelines. 
  • Complete a written worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan and post it at your business. 
  • Implement the prevention measures identified in your worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan. 
  • Designate an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with your plan. 
  • Complete the attestation form at:
  • www.vcemergency.com/business-attestation
  • Post the COVID compliance hotline contact information on a flyer in an area where customers can easily view it. 

On behalf of the City of Ventura, thank you for your resiliency and willingness to adapt to new ways of doing business and helping support one other.

Stay safe and healthy Ventura, 

Economic Development Manager