Red tier means more openings

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Screenshot from Ventura County press conference
Ventura County Executive Officer Michael Powers speaks about the red tier of reopening in downtown Ventura March 17.


Ventura County moved to the COVID-19 red tier of reopening March 17, meaning loosened restrictions on indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and more.











“This is great news for our community and an opportunity to work together to support our local businesses as we move forward in reopening our economy,” said Ventura County Executive Officer Michael Powers.
The county’s adjusted case rate as of March 16 was 6.5 cases per 100,000 residents, allowing it to move to the red tier. The county was last in the red tier in early November.
The red tier allows the following adjustments compared to the purple tier:
• Retail: open indoors at 50% capacity.
• Malls: open indoors at 50% capacity and limited food courts.
• Museums, zoos and aquariums: open indoors at 25% capacity.
• Movie theaters: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
• Hotels: open with modifications, plus fitness centers can open at 10% capacity.
• Gyms: open indoors at 10% capacity with 6-foot social distancing.
• Restaurants: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
 • 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 p.m.
• Bars that do not serve meals remain closed in the purple and red tiers.
• Private gatherings can occur both outdoors and indoors with up to three separate households.
• Professional sports: outdoor only at 20% capacity starting April 1.
• Schools: can reopen for in-person instruction after five days out of the purple tier.
• Theme parks: can reopen at 15% capacity starting April 1.
• Live performances: outdoor only at 20% capacity starting April 1.
Additional updated guidance:
    • Golf carts do not need a partition between members of different households. They are recommended, but not required.
    • Local homeowners association pool guidance has been lifted. HOA pools are encouraged to follow suggested county guidance. Public or community pools continue to follow state issued guidance.
    • Two swimmers per lane are permitted in a public outdoor swimming pool.
    • Wind instruments are allowed outdoors with bell covers and 6 feet distance between instruments. There must be 20 feet distance at a minimum between the instruments and the audience.
“The credit belongs to our residents, who have made many sacrifices and worked hard to improve our community transmission metrics,” said Ventura County Public Health Director Rigoberto Vargas. “That same hard work must continue moving forward so that we don’t revert back to the purple tier and instead continue making progress towards the next tier — orange — so that various sectors can increase their capacity and additional activities can take place.”
For more information, visit or call the COVID Business Compliance line at 805-202-1805.


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