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Ventura County Moves Into Red Tier

The County of Ventura will move to the State’s Red Tier beginning 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, 2021 as described in the State of CA Public Health Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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Moving from the purple tier into the red tier for the County means:


  • Closed unless serving food (if serving food, see restaurant guidance).

Wineries, brewery, distilleries 

  • Breweries, wineries and distilleries that do not serve meals can open outdoors only with modifications. The modifications include ensuring that patrons have reservations and patrons observe a 90-minute time limit. Service for on-site consumption must end by 8:00 p.m.

Gyms, Fitness Facilities, Yoga and Dance Studios

  • Open indoors – Max 10% capacity.
  •  6-ft social distancing instead of the previous requirement of 12 ft.

Hair Salons & Barbershops

  • Open indoors with modifications.

Movie Theaters

  • Open indoors – Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Museums, Galleries, Zoos, & Aquariums

  • Open indoors – Max 25% capacity.

Private Gatherings

  • Private gatherings can occur both outdoors and indoors with up to 3 separate households.


  • Open indoors – Max 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • The 11:00 p.m. closure requirement is lifted. The single household dining limitation is lifted. State gathering guidance limits gatherings to 3 households or less.


  • Open indoors – Max 50% capacity.

Shopping Malls

  • Open indoors with modifications – Max 50% capacity.
  • Food Courts – 25% max capacity (refer to restaurant guidance).
  • Common areas remain closed.

Additional COVID Related Information

How to Find Out Your Business Occupant Load

If your business does not have an Occupancy Load sign posted, please contact:

  • COVID Compliance Hotline at 844-826-7367 and select ‘Ventura’ from the menu options. Your call will be routed to a City of Ventura representative for assistance. 
    • Please note: you must include staff in the occupancy calculations. For example, for a restaurant with a posted occupancy of 100, you can have 25 people indoors (25% occupancy). If you have 10 staff, then you can have 15 customers indoors.

Before reopening, all businesses authorized to reopen must confirm the following at

  1. Begin by reviewing the guidance published by the State of California here
  2. Upon reviewing the guidance, complete a detailed risk assessment of your business in accordance with the state guidelines
  3. Complete a written worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan and post it at your business
  4. Implement the prevention measures identified in your worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan
  5. Designate an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with your plan
  6. Complete the attestation form here.
  7. Upon completing your attestation, an official from your local jurisdiction may conduct a site visit
  8. Post the hotline flyer form at your business so that it is visible to customers and employees. (COVID-19 Hotline Flyer)

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