July 23, 2020
Community Development Department
Business Update
Hair and Nail Salons, Barbershops, and Other Personal Services Can Reopen by Working Outdoors
City Approval of Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion Required
On July 20th, the state issued new guidelines on personal care services that allow for hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, and some other personal services to reopen their services by moving outdoors. O utdoor services are permitted if patrons and stylists wear masks and meet other safety requirements.

Businesses are required to apply for Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion and obtain approval from the City of Oxnard before opening outdoor services (see details below).

Read the guidelines for Hair Salon and Barbershop Services Provided Outdoors here .

Read the guidelines for Expanded Personal Care Services Provided Outdoors here .

The new guidance applies to outdoor services including skin care, cosmetology, nail salons, waxing, threading, and massage therapy in non-healthcare settings. However, other personal services such as electrolysis, tattooing, and piercing services are not allowed because they are invasive procedures requiring a controlled, indoor hygienic environment.  

The following services may not be performed outdoors:
  • All chemical hair services including, but not limited to, permanent waving, relaxing, bleaching, tinting, coloring, dyeing and straightening
  • Shampooing

Business owners should only resume operations when they are ready and able to implement the necessary safety measures to provide for their safety and that of their customers. The guidance is not a substitute for any existing safety and health-related regulatory requirements such as those of Cal/OSHA or the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

The Centers for Disease Control has additional requirements in their guidance for businesses and employers including:

  • Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.
  • Salons and barbershops must not perform a service that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment.

Read the Outside Services Checklist for Establishments from the Board of Barbering & Cosmetology here .

These outdoor services are 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, and the Board of Barbering & Cosmetology .
Gyms, Fitness Centers, and Worship Services Can Reopen Outdoors
City Approval of Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion Required
Gyms, fitness facilities, martial arts studios, yoga studios, Pilates studios, dance studios, and similar facilities are only allowed to be open outdoors at this time following the  Gyms and Fitness Center Guidance .

Churches can only operate outdoors. Indoor services are not permitted per the State of California.

Businesses are required to apply for Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion and obtain approval from the City of Oxnard before opening outdoor services (see details below).
Apply for Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion
No-fees will be charged by the City in connection with the application
Eligible businesses can expand their footprint onto privately owned property and public spaces by applying for a temporary outdoor expansion--at no cost.

Hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, personal care services that are permitted to open outdoors, gyms and fitness centers, and worship services can apply for outdoor expansion  here .

Businesses will need to:
  • Obtain written permission from the property owner who owns the property that will be used
  • Complete the application
  • Draw a sketch of the proposed plan
  • Submit the documents and obtain approval
Bars that Serve Food and Wineries May Open Outdoor Operations
Effective July 16, 2020, all bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries and other businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on their premises must close indoor operations, but may open outdoor operations if they offer sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal. Wineries and wine tasting rooms may open outdoor operations even if they do not offer sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals.

Compliance with local requirements must also be followed:
 
  • 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
  • Bars must be closed to the public between 10 p.m. and
5 a.m.

Read the Ventura County Public Health Order here .

Read the guidelines for Restaurants, Bars, and Wineries here .
Mitigating Risk in the Workplace During COVID-19
Employers should stay up-to-date on how to best provide protection for their employees. Visit the following websites to review current information:



 

Outbreak Management


Paycheck Protection Program Deadline August 8
Time is almost out to apply for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan program.

Here's what you need to know:

  • 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 .
Now Open!
A new 7-Eleven store has opened in Oxnard at 110 Magnolia Avenue! This family-owned store offers grab-and-go options for sandwiches, fresh fruit, salads, and a great selection of coffee and snacks. Stop by and visit their wall of specialty coffee and Slurpee machines!

Now is the time for us to rally around our small business community! Many retailers and restaurants have made pivots to serve their clientele and rely on local customers. When you shop local, your dollars stay in the community and help local development. Shop in Oxnard!
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.