Friday, May 8, 2020
A Special Message from the Economic Development Manager:
COVID-19 Reopening Status Update for Retail and Manufacturers
*NOTE: This message is being distributed to all Thousand Oaks business license holders categorized as Retail or Manufacturing. This message does not confirm your eligibility to reopen. Please review the State and County updated directives. More information is provided below.
Greetings Thousand Oaks Retail and Manufacturing business community,  

As valued members of the Thousand Oaks business community, I wanted to reach out to you directly to share some important information to help you safely reopen and resume operations.   

In support of phased transition into Stage 2 of California’s Roadmap to Reopening, yesterday Governor Newsom released updated specific guidance and checklists for certain industry and workplace types to begin safely reopening with modifications that reduce risk and establish a safer environment for workers and customers. The state also specifies which business types are not yet allowed to open at this time.  See the state’s Roadmap, industry and workplace-specific guidance and checklists here

Based on the Governor’s announcement, the County of Ventura issued an update to its Public Health Order. The  “Stay Well VC: Safely Reopening Ventura County”  outlines the process for eligible businesses seeking to reopen and businesses already permitted to operate under the previous County Order). The process for eligible businesses consists of three primary steps:  

  • All businesses must establish, implement and enforce a site-specific prevention plan in accordance with the State of California COVID-19 industry Guidance and associated checklist found at

  • Prior to reopening, all businesses must register and attest to their preparedness for safely reopening at: (*NOTE: Businesses that were operating under the previous Order must also register and attest to their adherence to state guidelines within ten days (May 18, 2020).) 

  • As a condition of operation, each business must post a written notice explaining how it will comply with Social Distancing Requirements in conspicuous places where it can easily be seen by employees and patrons of the business facility. 

Every business is strongly encouraged to read the County’s full Order . If you have any questions, please direct them to their COVID-19 Business Compliance Hotline: (805) 202-1805 or

The City and our residents look forward to welcoming you back.  


Haider Alawami, Economic Development Manager
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