Reopening of Businesses
The City of Ventura’s Economic Development Division is committed to providing local businesses with timely information and updates as our City, County and State works to reopen safely.
For questions regarding Stay Well at Home Orders and business re-openings, please contact the County of Ventura at:
- COVID-19 Compliance Hotline: 1-844-VC-OPENS or 1-844-826-7367
- COVID-19 Compliance Email: email@example.com
- You may also email or call the hotline to report a local business that is not properly complying with the County of Ventura order.
- The City of Ventura Code Enforcement Division will be performing COVID-19 prevention plan reviews with local businesses (with the exception of restaurants, dental offices, and automotive and repair shops)
- The County of Ventura Environmental Health Division will be conducting all restaurant inspections
July 13, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health yesterday expanded statewide its indoor closures for businesses that encourage mixing of individuals beyond immediate households and make physical distancing and wearing face coverings difficult.
Yesterday’s order is effective immediately, and the closures will remain in effect until the State Public Health Officer determines it is appropriate to modify the order based on public health conditions.
BARS, BREWPUBS, BREWERIES, AND PUBS must close all operations both indoors and outdoors, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal.
In addition to the closure of in-door dining at restaurants, the following businesses must also close in-door operations:
- Wineries and tasting rooms
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
- Zoos and museums
Ventura County remains on the State County Monitoring List; and as such is required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.
- Fitness centers
- Worship services
- Offices for non-essential sectors
- Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors**
- Hair salons and barbershops**
Sectors included in today’s announcement are all at higher risk of transmission because they promote mixing with others outside of one’s household. In addition, some of these sectors are centered on eating and drinking, compliance with face coverings is not possible for the full duration of time someone spends in these establishments. All industry or sector guidance documents that have been issued to date, including all infectious control measures outlined in those guidance documents, apply in outdoor settings, and must be adhered to. The state will work closely with counties to ensure businesses are complying with guidance and are modifying operations to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
**We were also informed that the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology has commented on Governor Newsom’s recent Orders.
“In addition, section 7317 of the Business and Professional Code requires that all barbering, cosmetology and electrology services be performed in a licensed establishment. Therefore, establishments that are within the specified counties must close immediately and not offer any services (including any outdoor services).”
More information at https://covid19.ca.gov/.
Important steps for businesses to reopen:
Before reopening, all facilities must confirm the following at www.VCReopens.com
- Begin by reviewing the guidance published by the State of California here
- 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 here.
- Upon completing your attestation, an official from your local jurisdiction may conduct a site visit
- Post the hotline flyer form at your business so that it is visible to customers and employees. (COVID-19 Hotline Flyer)