Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FAQs updated September 18, 2020
(New/Updated FAQs highlighted with RED border)
PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER INFORMATION
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid groups (stay at least six feet away from others).
- Reduce the time you are around others outside the home, even when at least six feet away.
- Outdoor services may be performed with up to 100 persons present who can be safely physically distanced or a lesser number up to what the venue can safely support.
HEALTHCARE AND HELPING SICK RELATIVES
SCHOOLS AND CHILDCARE
Currently (Tier 1), post-secondary art schools must remain closed for indoor lectures and student gatherings. Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open. Post-secondary art schools must follow the state guidance for Higher Education and register to be open at www.VCreopens.com under the Educational Services category.
WHAT CAN I DO?
All bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries and other businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on their premises must close indoor operations, but may open outdoor operations if they offer sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal. Wineries and wine tasting rooms may open outdoor operations even if they do not offer sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Local cities may have additional restrictions regarding outdoor operations. Please check with your local city before starting any outdoor operations.
In addition to complying with the State orders and guidance, these businesses must comply with the following requirements:
- only members of the same household may sit together at a single table
- the maximum time a patron may be on premises is one and a half hours
- restaurants and bars must be closed to the public between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Eyelash extensions can be performed outdoors under the Personal Services Guidance. Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter, but only as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.
Live music is allowed outdoors with the following modifications:
- Live solo or duet (from same household) singers/musicians can perform outdoors at restaurants, bars, or wineries.
- The soloist/duet must stay at least 20 feet away from patrons and not amplify the music to the point where people have to lean in to be heard.
- The live music cannot cause people to gather. It should be for the benefit of the business patrons who are already seated and not to attract people to gather around the performers and/or stage.
- All other local and state guidance must be followed.
Medical Massage is massage that is done based on a referral from a doctor or chiropractor. Medical Massage can be done indoors as it is considered essential as healthcare and therefore not under personal services. It is not limited by whether it is in a healthcare setting. Providers of medical massage must keep patient records of the medical referral. Non-medical massage is only allowed outdoors during Tier 1 (Purple) but must be approved by the local jurisdiction that the business is located in. Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter, but only as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.
Skin care can take place under the personal services guidance which is only allowed outdoors with modifications at this time. Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter, but only as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement. Masks must be worn at all times.
Yes, nail salons can offer service outdoors.
Can I go swimming?
Yes, public pools and pools managed by HOA can be open. They must follow the following guidance:
Are one-on-one swim lessons allowed?
One-on-one drowning prevention lessons are allowed for students of any age by Certified Swim Instructors only, provided necessary health and safety protocols are in place.
Can HOA pools be open?
Yes, they must follow the following guidance: (Click here for guidance).
Can Public Pools be open?
They must follow the following guidance: (Click here for guidance).
- Limited to 50% capacity
- Use a reservation system
- Follow County of Ventura Environmental Health guidance for pools
Yes, tanning salons can be open following the limited services guidance.
Yes, salons and barbershops can operate indoors following the state issued guidance.
Please review the Business Guidance documents:
- Persons seeking signatures on voter initiatives or referenda, those campaigning for elected office and their campaign workers and census workers may engage with resident’s door-to-door, but must wear a mask, should maintain a 6-foot distance from residents whenever possible and should disinfect equipment, pens, clipboard, touch pads, shared materials and/or mobile terminals after each interaction.
- All other solicitors can leave materials such as doorhangers or flyers at the doorstep, but cannot ring the doorbell, knock on the door or otherwise attempt to engage with residents.
No they cannot be open at this time.
- Must close indoor operations effective July 2, 2020
- Outdoor wedding ceremonies may be performed with up to 100 persons present who can be safely physically distanced or a lesser number up to what the venue can safely support.
- No indoor weddings are allowed at this time.
- No reception or party permitted.
Gyms, Fitness Facilities, marital arts studios, yoga studios, Pilates studios, dance studios and similar facilities are only allowed to be open outdoors at this time following the Gyms and Fitness Center Guidance. Local cities may have additional restrictions regarding outdoor operations. Please check with your local city before starting any outdoor operations.
Businesses and organizations offering indoor physical activities such as yoga, dance studios, martial arts and other similar activities must follow the Gyms and Fitness Center Guidance. These businesses cannot follow Day Camp Guidance instead of Gyms and Fitness Center Guidance. Under the current orders, Gyms and Fitness Centers can only continue operations outdoors following the industry guidance and local orders. Group activities should only be offered if distancing requirements can be maintained. Businesses seeking to move operations outside must also comply with city/county codes for outdoor use.
- Groups sizes are limited to a 10-1 or 10-2 ratio for each group (10 campers with one or two instructors).
- Each group must be stable. The same campers and instructor stay together and do not mix with other groups, including from day to day.
- Any camp activity must maintain 6-foot social distancing. Individual skills and drills can be done, but no group or contact sports such as a football or basketball games may be played.
- Must close indoor operations effective July 2, 2020
- Cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities, and/or racetracks with onsite wagering are not allowed to open at this time.
- Short-term rentals do not need to register at VCReopens.com. Attestation is included through permit issuance.
- No. Hotels need to follow the state issued guidance, and rooms do not need to be left vacant for 24 hours after a guest has departed.
- RV parks at the beach are allowed at 2/3 capacity
- RV parks and campgrounds not at the beach are allowed at 50% capacity
- Must close indoor operations effective July 2, 2020
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should follow the guidance for office workspaces: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-office-workspaces--en.pdf. More information can be found at https://www.venturacountyfilm.com/permit/.
They are only allowed to be open outdoors at this time following the Gyms and Fitness Center Guidance. Local cities may have additional restrictions regarding outdoor operations. Please check with your local city before starting any outdoor operations.
Churches can only operate outdoors. Indoor services are not permitted per the State of California.
SHOPPING, GETTING AROUND, DAILY NEEDS, AND OUTDOOR RECREATION
Below is a list of some outdoor recreational activities.
- Badminton (singles)
- Throwing a baseball/softball
- BMX biking
- Canoeing (singles)
- Exploring rock pools
- Gardening (not in groups)
- Golfing (doubles, only if cart has protective partition)
- Hiking (trails/ paths allowing distancing)
- Horse riding (singles)
- Jogging and running
- Kite boarding and kitesurfing
- Outdoor photography
- Picnics (with your household members only)
- Quad biking
- Rock climbing
- Roller skating and rollerblading
- Rowing (singles)
- Scootering (not in groups)
- Skateboarding (not in groups)
- Soft martial arts – tai chi, chi kung (not in groups)
- Tennis (Click here for safety tips for playing tennis during COVID.)
- Table tennis (singles)
- Throwing a football, kicking a soccer ball (not in groups)
- Trail running
- Tree climbing
- Volleyball (singles)
- Walk the dog
- Wash the car
- Watch the sunrise or sunset
Review the state outdoor recreation guidance at: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-campgrounds.pdf.
The California Department of Public Health has issued Youth Sports Guidance. Youth sports training, conditioning and physical education is now permitted in Ventura County when those activities include continuous physical distancing of at least six feet and a stable cohort, i.e. the same children at each meeting. Teams, classes, and other youth sports activities that involve contact, competitive or team play are not permitted.
The State guidance document may be found at COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Youth Sports.
Any team or entity conducting youth sports training must register under Youth Sports at www.vcreopens.com and follow the state issued guidance.
Please note that physical distancing must be maintained under the guidance, which precludes scrimmages, games, and team drills from being performed at this time. Further, all outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or promote congregating are prohibited, including tournaments, events, or competitions and regardless of whether teams are from the same school or from different schools, counties, or states.
Since Ventura County is currently on the state’s monitoring list due to elevated case rates of COVID-19 all sports activities including conditioning, training and physical education must be conducted outdoors.
While youth sports conditioning and training is now allowed under certain conditions, adult, amateur (non-professional) team sports are not permitted in the state at this time. The state indicates that guidance for adult sports will be forthcoming.
WHERE CAN I FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?
- Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- Watch for Symptoms
- Recommended Cleaning Products
- FAQs regarding the virus, prevention, symptoms, testing, and treatment.
- FAQs regarding lost wages and financial assistance.