Resources for Businesses

Updated as of October 7, 2020

October 6, 2020 - Ventura County Moved into Red Tier

On October 6, the State moved Ventura County to Tier 2, which allows specified businesses to reopen for indoor operations, provided they comply with strict safety protocols set out in the State’s orders. Read the full order of Ventura County’s Health Officer here.

Moving into the Red Tier will allow 

  • All shopping centers and retail businesses, except standalone grocers, to open indoors with modifications at 50% capacity. 
  • Personal care services to reopen indoor operations with modifications.
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums to open indoors with modifications and at 25% capacity
  • Places of worship to open with modifications at maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Indoor movie theaters to open at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
  • Gyms and fitness centers to reopen indoor operations at 10% capacity
  • Indoor restaurants to reopen at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

All businesses wishing to reopen must complete the County’s business attestation form. Please visit Ventura County Recovers, for county-specific information on revised business operations and additional restrictions. For more information on the State’s new guidelines, visit

August 28, 2020 - Governor Announces Blueprint for Safer Economy

On August 28, the Governor announced the Blueprint for a Safer Economy that categorized counties by tier (yellow, orange, red and purple) to replace its previous County Monitoring List. Ventura County is currently categorized as “Purple” or “Widespread" tier.

As of August 31, 2020, counties in the Widespread (purple) tier may open some businesses and activities with modifications, including all retail, shopping centers at maximum 25% capacity, and hair salons and barbershops indoors. Businesses that remain closed at this time include bars and breweries, nail salons, clubs, concert, theater and stadium venues, and tattoo and piercing shops. Find additional information about which businesses are permitted to open in which tiers under these new state guidelines on the State’s website.

July 23, 2020 - Santa Paula Announces Tables on Main Initiative

On Thursday, July 23, the City of Santa Paula began the "Tables on Main!" pilot program, currently scheduled through the end of September. The program allows for participating restaurants to expand operations into the public right of way. Sections of sidewalk and parking areas on Main Street between 8th Street and 10th Street will be reserved for additional dining space for select restaurants. An additional public dining area at Davis Street between Main Street and North Alley will be available for shared use.

Barricades and other traffic control devices will remain in place for the duration of the program, and a temporary 15 mph speed limit will be enforced on Main Street between 8th Street and 10th Street. Davis Street will remain completely closed between Main Street and North Alley to allow for additional open dining space.  

For questions, concerns, or information about this program, contact Jeff Mitchem at (805) 933-4214 x284 or

State’s website

Updates for Local Businesses Regarding COVID-19

Business Retention Coronavirus Disaster Recovery Checklist

Check here for a list of helpful items to keep your business covered during the ’Shelter in Place’ orders.
Checklist can be found here (English)
Checklist can be found here (Spanish)

Covid-19: Essential and Non-Essential Businesses

For a comprehensive listing of which businesses are considered essential and which are non-essential, please refer to the County’s Order (available here) and the County’s Stay Well at Home Frequently Asked Questions for Businesses (available here). 

For a list of essential business and non-essential businesses please refer to this quick reference list
Essential and Non-Essential Businesses (English)
Essential and Non-Essential Businesses (Spanish)

Economic Development Collaborative Business Resource Hotline

 In addition to our webinar series, we have created a Business Resource Hotline (805.409.9159) to help answer questions and direct the business and non-profit community to available resources. We hope that adding these new opportunities will increase the capacity for the EDC to serve the Ventura and Santa Barbara community.

More information on the EDC and COVID-19 Business Resources