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Outdoor dining returns as COVID-19 business restrictions are loosened

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File photo courtesy Azu
Azu’s outdoor patio is well-heated and ready for the colder winter months.

The state’s Regional Stay Home Order was lifted for Southern California on Jan. 25.
Four-week ICU capacity projections for the region are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order.
That means rules for how businesses operate in Ventura County have been loosened.
The action allows Ventura County to return to the rules and framework for the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. 
Services and activities, such as outdoor dining and personal services, are now allowed to resume with required modifications. Tier updates will be provided weekly on Tuesdays by the California Department of Public Health 
In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted for outdoor operations only until further notice. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization):
    • Restaurants (with no time limit)
    • Gyms and fitness centers (12 feet social distancing required) 
    • Places of worship
    • Playgrounds and recreational facilities 
    • Family entertainment centers (e.g., bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing, and arcades) 
    • Movie theaters 
    • Museums, zoos, aquariums 
    • Wineries 
    • Cardrooms, satellite wagering 
Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors if they are offering sit-down, outdoor meals. Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other shelter if no more than one side is closed.
Additional information for outdoor dining establishments:
    • Sit-down dining may only take place with members of the same household; it must be outdoors and must end by 11 p.m. 
    • Restaurants can remain open for takeout or delivery past 11 p.m. as their permit allows. 
    • There is no dining time limit. There was previously a limitation of 1.5 hours. 
In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are open for indoor operations. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization) and modifications: 
    • All retail (maximum 25 percent capacity) 
    • Critical infrastructure
    • Hair salons and barbershops 
    • Libraries (maximum 25 percent capacity) 
    • Nail salons and electrolysis operations 
    • Personal-care services (e.g., body waxing, estheticians, tattoo, massage) 
    • Professional sports (without live audiences) 
    • Shopping centers (e.g., malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (maximum 25 percent capacity) 
To learn more about the state’s tier system and specific allowable activities for Ventura County, visit the state’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy website. More information at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.
“We ask our residents to continue to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities from COVID-19 by limiting gathering with anyone you don’t live with, wearing a face covering whenever you leave home, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from anyone you don’t live with and washing your hands frequently,” said Rigoberto Vargas, Ventura County Public Health director.

 

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