Resources for Businesses

Updated as of July 1, 2020


July 1, 2020 - Governor Announces Restrictions for Certain Businesses due to Increase in COVID-19 Cases

On July 1, 2020, Governor Newsom announced further restrictions for nineteen of California’s counties. The affected counties, which includes Ventura County, must close indoor operations in certain sectors including:

  • Dine-in restaurants

  • Wineries and tasting rooms

  • Movie Theaters

  • Family entertainment centers, such as bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades

  • Zoos and museums

  • Cardrooms

Bars must close all operations even if they are operating outdoors. Please visit the State’s website for additional information.

June 16, 2020 - Rental and Business Grant Programs Launch June 17 and June 24

The County of Ventura has launched the Rental and Business Assistance Programs aimed at providing relief from the impacts of COVID-19.  Residents can apply for rental assistance from June 17 to July 1, 2020 at www.ventura.org/rent and business owners can apply at www.vcreopens.com from June 24 to July 8, 2020.

“Our community is hurting. It is our hope that these programs will provide at least some relief where it is needed most. Helping our community members and our business owners is critical as we recover. There is a long way to go, but these are important first steps,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer.

The Business Assistance Grant Program includes grants of $5,000 each for small businesses to alleviate impacts from COVID-19 for allowed uses such as 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. The applications will be available from June 24 to July 8, 2020 at www.vcreopens.com.

“This program will help mitigate the devasting impacts that COVID-19 has had to our local businesses. We will work with chambers of commerce, business improvement districts, cities and other business organizations to help reach those most in need,” said Paul Stamper, Deputy County Executive Officer.

The funding will be awarded in two phases. For the first phase, Business Assistance Grants will be $5,000 awards to 1,000 recipients and will be available to those small businesses and nonprofit organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • The business or nonprofit organization maintains a business license in Ventura County.
  • The business or nonprofit organization was in business on, or before, March 17, 2020.
  • In 2019, the business or nonprofit organization had total annual gross revenue between $25,000 and $2 million.
  • The business or nonprofit has registered with www.vcreopens.com if eligible.
  • The nonprofit organization is exempt from tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) per an IRS determination letter.

The Ventura County Community Foundation will oversee the COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program with the coordination of a Special Oversight Committee. To ensure efficient and immediate distribution of funding to those impacted.

May 26, 2020 - Barber Shops and Salons Permitted to Reopen in Ventura County 

The Governor announced today that hair salons and barbershops in most California counties can reopen as the state moves forward on the path to reopening. The County of Ventura was approved for a state variance last week allowing the County to move faster through California’s reopening phases. This allows for local hair salons and barbershops to reopen. Hair salons and barbershops that reopen may only provide services that allow for both the stylist and customer to wear face coverings for the entirety of the service.

This means that haircuts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock and wig maintenance, hair relaxing treatments and color services can be provided. Services like eyebrow waxing and threading, facials and eyelash services are still not allowed since they involve touching the customer’s face, according to the state’s guidance.

Before reopening, all facilities must confirm the following at www.vcreopens.com.

  1. Begin by reviewing the guidance published by the State of California at https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-hair-salons.pdf.
  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 at www.vcemergency.com/business-attestation.
  7. Post the COVID compliance hotline contact information on a flyer in an area where customers can easily view it. 

The Governor announced today that the state is also developing statewide guidelines for other close-contact services, including nail salons. California expects to release separate guidelines for schools, child care facilities and summer camps later this week. Learn more about the California Resilience roadmap for state reopening at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.

May 20, 2020 - Ventura County Approved for Accelerated Reopening 

The County of Ventura is the first and largest Southern California County to receive approval from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to move forward on an accelerated Stage 2 path to reopening. With this approval, Ventura County restaurants can now offer dine-in options and all retail businesses with exterior facing entrances are permitted to have customers inside of their stores.  The modified State guidance was issued by the Governor on Monday, May 18. Regular Stage 2 has included curbside retail, manufacturing and supply chain businesses. 

Restaurants and retail must register at www.vcreopens.com and follow the guidance. Learn more about the California Resilience roadmap for state reopening at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/. Dine in and in store shopping will be permitted effective Thursday, May 21, 2020. 

COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Shopping Malls, Destination Shopping Centers, Strip and Outlet Malls all with exterior facing entrances are permitted to open. https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-shopping-centers.pdf

Dine-In Restaurants: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-dine-in-restaurants.pdf

May 12, 2020 - More Businesses Permitted to Open in Ventura County

VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura announces that more businesses are permitted to reopen on the State’s Roadmap to reopening. Governor Newsom announced modifications to the State-wide stay-at-home order today. The State has added more businesses to Early Stage 2. The Governor announced that Counties, under the guidance of the Public Health Officer, can move forward in reopening office-based businesses, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums and other public spaces.

Early Stage 2, expanded in effect May 13, 2020 

• Childcare for those outside of the essential workforce
• Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
• Select services such as car washes, pet grooming and landscape gardening
• Outdoor museums, and open gallery spaces and other public spaces with modifications

The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time: 

• Personal services such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
• Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
• Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming facilities, pro sports indoor museums, kids’ museums and gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries
• Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas • Religious services and cultural ceremonies
• Nightclubs
• Concert venues
• Live audience sports
• Festivals
• Theme parks
• Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

May 8, 2020 - Safely Reopening Ventura County

Read the new public health order here Register your business at: www.vcreopens.com

The County of Ventura has reached an important milestone for our community, County and our local economy. The Public Health Officer announced today a new modified Stay Well VC Health Order to align with the State of California’s four-stage framework for reopening. The County will move forward with the State’s Stage 2 of reopening lower-risk businesses today. This will allow retail businesses, such as clothing stores, bookstores, sporting goods stores and florists, for example, to reopen with curb side delivery, as well as the related manufacturing and supply chain businesses.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR BUSINESSES PLANNING TO REOPEN 

Before, reopening, all facilities must confirm the following: 

  1. My business is in one of the designated industries permitted to reopen by the State of California & the VC Health Officer order
  2. I have performed a detailed risk assessment of my business in accordance with state guidelines
  3. I have a written worksite-specific COVID-19 prevention plan and have posted it at my business
  4. I have implemented control and screening measures for my business
  5. I have implemented disinfecting protocols for my business in accordance with state guidelines
  6. I have trained employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 including how to screen themselves for symptoms
  7. I agree to have an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with my plan
  8. I have completed the attestation form on www.vcreopen.com.

More information about Stage 2: Lower-risk workplaces can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.


State’s website


Good Morning Santa Paula: Business Update

John Marquez interviews Susie Willeford, Executive Director of  Santa Clara Valley Hospice  Last update, May 20, 2020. 

Updates for Local Businesses Regarding COVID-19

A message from City of Santa Paula’s Community & Economic Development Department,

The developments over the last week regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are rapidly evolving. While county, state, and federal agencies take the lead to address the public health-related concerns related to the virus, our office is also working closely with the County, Ventura Chamber of Commerce and other key partners to assist our local businesses through the developing economic impacts.

On March 20th, the County of Ventura issued a Public Health “Stay at Home Order” which includes requirements for all permanent food facilities, including bars and nightclubs that offer food. The Public Health Order also requires closure of the following types of businesses in Ventura County, which also applies to the City of Santa Paula:

•           Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food
•           Movie theaters, live performance venues and arcades
•           Gyms and fitness centers, Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Massage Establishments, Barbershops and Tattoo Shops
•           Wineries, breweries, and tap rooms that provide tastings.

The economic health of our businesses is a key priority. We understand that during these times our local employees and employers are going to be affected by impacts of COVID-19.  We are also working through these issues and want to be your partner through these uncertain times.

If you are an employee or employer effected by COVID-19, please visit the Economic Development Collaborative website for a resource guide on information on economic recovery efforts. As new resources become available, this guide will be updated as needed.

Lastly, please be considerate of others and help to slow the spread. Review the OSHA’s Guidance for Businesses for more information on how you can do your part.

Thank you,

James Mason,  
Community & Economic Development Director
City of Santa Paula

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)

New COVID-19 Business, Non-Profit, Self-Employed and Employee Webinar Series from the Economic Development Collaborative

To help support the volume of people requesting assistance EDC is launching a webinar series starting this Friday @ 1:00 pm to help businesses, non-profits, self-employed individuals and employees navigate the CARES Act and expanded benefits under EDD. Moving forward, they will be hosting webinars weekly every Wednesday from 12:30-1:30. Registration is required in advance and space is limited. Register here. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJ0ufuGpqDgtjPiohZ1uwTopOaG1Y41bKg

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