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Ventura County restaurants open for indoor dining

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - It's been almost a week since Ventura County restaurants were given the green light to reopen indoors with modifications.

The county moved from the most purple restrictive tier of the state's reopening plan to the next level down last Tuesday.

Businesses including restaurants are allowed to reopen indoors at 25% capacity.

Liam Scherlock owns Dargon's Irish Pub in Downtown Ventura. His pub reopened inside the day after the announcement.

"It went really well. Some people were glad to be able to come in, and some people felt better staying outside on the patio so we had a choice," Scherlock said.

Across the way at Limón y Sal, business is booming.

“It is bringing in more people especially people out of our county. It is bringing in people from LA County, Santa Barbara County. People are even waiting up to two hours just to eat at our business," Limón Y Sal Manager Ruben Sanchez said.

Sanchez said the restaurant reopened for indoor service on Friday and it's been nonstop since then.

Many business owners were worried about the weather changing.

“It is a huge relief because we know the Santa Ana's are coming soon and then we know that winter is coming and hopefully we get some rain but it is not going to help outdoor dining so it is nice to have the option that we can stay open and have some indoor dining," Scherlock said.

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