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Temporary Outdoor Dining Expansion Application
Temporary Outdoor Commercial Expansion

The State has expanded the criteria and conditions for certain designated businesses to open. Using State guidance, Ventura County has established specific actions businesses must take before they reopen. For additional information go to and “self-attest” to begin the reopening process.  Businesses must confirm that they are following all of the Ventura County guidelines, including the following:

    • My business is in one of the designated industries permitted to reopen by the State of California & the VC Health Officer order.
    • I have performed a detailed risk assessment of my business in accordance with the state guidelines .
    • I have a written worksite-specific COVID-19 prevention plan and have posted it at my business.
    • I have implemented control and screening measures for my business.
    • I have implemented disinfecting protocols for my business in accordance with CA Department of Public Health guidance..
    • I have trained employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 including how to screen themselves for symptoms.
    • I agree to have an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with my plan.
    • I have posted the compliance hotline flyer provided in a prominent location visible to the public and employees.
    • Complete the attestation form at

Additional Recovery Resources

On March 17, 2020, the County of Ventura issued a Public Health Order that impacts some types of business. The order has been updated, most recently on June 11, 2020 Please click here to view the order.  The County also issued a press release on June 18, 2020 with additional guidelines for more reopenings, please click here to view the press release. 

The Governor announced on July 13, 2020 that all counties must close indoor operations for certain industry sectors. These include: dine-in restaurants; wineries and tasting rooms; movie theaters; family entertainment centers (e.g., bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades); zoos and museums; and cardrooms. In 29 counties, including Ventura County, additional sectors are affected unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up. See state-level details here.

The County has issued an updated Public Health Order (effective July 14th at 8:00am) to reflect the changes at the state-level. In short, the following industries and activities must close and/or cease unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up: gyms and fitness centers; worship services; protests; offices for non-essential sectors; personal care services (e.g., nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors); hair salons and barbershops; and malls.  

As of July 16th, the County revised the order focusing on Bars/Wineries. Here is the revised order.  The order allows 

Breweries and bars to reopen outdoor-only operations with the following requirements:

• They must serve sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals (this may be done in partnership with a food vendor)

• The food and alcohol must appear on the same receipt

Wineries may reopen, but they do not have the same food requirements as breweries and bars.  

All of these types of businesses in Ventura County must also follow the following guidelines:

• Serve only members of the same household sitting together at a single table

• The maximum time a patron may be on the premises is 1 and ½ hours

• Businesses must be closed from 10:00pm to 5:00am


Water Safety

Water delivered to homes and commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities is safe and has been treated to eliminate any viruses or bacteria. However, stagnant water may be present in building systems that have been dormant for a significant amount of time.

If your building has closed during Ventura County’s Stay Well at Home order, it is important to adopt a proactive approach to flushing water and devices during the prolonged shutdown. Stagnant or standing water can provide conditions that favor Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria. 

Disinfectants such as chlorine added during the water treatment process will also dissipate over time, and if you have lead pipes, it potentially could leach into stagnant water. Click here for pdf poster.

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Economic Development Manager:

Haider Alawami

(805) 449-2135