VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - The County of Ventura announced Tuesday that more businesses will be allowed to reopen this week on the state's Roadmap to Reopening.
Earlier Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced modifications to the statewide stay-at-home order. The state added more businesses to Early Stage 2.
“Our community has worked so hard to social distance and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our County. As we move further into Stage 2, we must do so with caution. We must continue to practice social distancing and businesses must make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure. This will help keep our numbers low so we can continue to move forward,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.
Stage 2: California is now open with modifications.
Early Stage 2, Part 1 in effect May 8, 2020
- Curb-side Retail - May 8, 2020
- Manufacturers – May 8, 2020
- Logistics – May 8, 2020
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
Important steps for business to reopen:
Before reopening, all facilities must confirm the following at www.vcreopens.com
- Begin by reviewing the guidance published by the State of California at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.
- Upon reviewing the guidance, complete a detailed risk assessment of your business in accordance with the state guidelines.
- Complete a written worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan and post it at your business.
- Implement the prevention measures identified in your worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan.
- Designate an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with your plan.
- Complete the attestation form at www.vcemergency.com/business-attestation.
Businesses can reopen after they meet each of the steps. They do not need a formal inspection before they open as long as they have followed the guidelines. A site visit may be conducted at a future date.
Businesses that are already open under the previous order must also complete the steps to reopening:
- If you are a business that is already permitted to be open and in operation you are asked to review these requirements and confirm that you have met these requirements by registering your business.
- Each business is free to write their own worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan that complies with the state guidance. The state provided companion checklist for each industry guidance document can be used to create your Prevention Plan. Below are sample templates that will satisfy the Prevention Plan requirement.
Ventura County said it has made progress toward the governor's accelerated path to reopening. These steps have included: hospital surge and personal protective equipment capacity; protection of high-risk patient populations: seniors, long term care facility residents, homeless and most recently expanded efforts in contact tracing capacity and testing.