Greetings Thousand Oaks business community,
Yesterday (June 18th), the County of Ventura issued new guidance for
reopening additional business sectors and activities. These sectors include:
- Personal services: nail salons, massage, skin care and cosmetology services, electrolysis, body art, tattoo parlors and piercing shops.
- Eligible to reopen June 19th
- Facial massages, waxing, tattoos, makeup, piercings or electrolysis services may be performed so long as they can be done without the removal of the client’s mask.
- 30-minute limitation on procedures and massages conducted in confined spaces.
- Required to follow Personal Care Services state guidance
- Wedding ceremonies.
- Outdoor wedding ceremonies may be performed with up to 100 persons present who can be safely physically distanced or a lesser number up to what the venue can safely support.
- Indoor wedding ceremonies with 25% capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is less.
- No reception or party permitted.
These sectors may be open only while adhering to social distancing protocols provided by the Governor and the Health Officer and after completing the County’s attestation process at
New Financial Assistance Opportunities for Businesses
County of Ventura Grant program
The County of Ventura is preparing to laun
Ventura County Rapid Response COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program
. The first phase of this program will offer grants of $5,000 to 1,000 eligible local small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Ventura County impacted by COVID-19. Funds may be used for
payroll support, rent and lease payments, costs for personal protective equipment, purchases related to the operation of their businesses, and extraordinary business expenses for adhering to compliance protocols for reopening (e.g., cleaning services, signage, customer interface capabilities, additional security, etc.). The application period will be open June 24th through July 8th. More information is available at
City of Thousand Oaks Small Business Grant Under Consideration
The City of Thousand Oaks City Council will be considering an agenda item on Tuesday, June 23rd to amend the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan to reflect an additional $340,016 appropriation the City has received through the
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The amended Action Plan contains a proposal to use these additional funds for a one-time
State Issues Face Covering Requirement
Also yesterday (June 18th), the State of California announced
face coverings are required in indoor public spaces, unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings (e.g., schools or childcare centers). Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Beginning June 18th, all people in California, including those in Ventura County must wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and outdoors when six-foot distancing is not possible. Learn more about the
state issued guidance and limited exceptions here
Haider Alawami, Economic Development Manager