Posted: Monday, Jan 25th, 2021
Ventura Moves Back into the Purple Tier: What it Means
by Visit Ventura
COVID-19 continues to alter the landscape; a global situation that stretches far beyond tourism and our town of Ventura. First and foremost, our hearts go out to those affected — and our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all those who continue to work so hard to address this unprecedented challenge. The brightest minds in the world are working to bring us out of this. Proving yet again that, in the worst of times, the best of humanity rises.
COVID-19 has also obviously had an enormous impact locally — and it is ever-changing. Below are the latest Ventura updates as of January 25th, 2021. We’ve tried to keep things as simple and clear as possible. For more detailed information please visit venturacountyrecovers.org. You can also call us at the Ventura Visitors Center (805-641-1400) and we will be happy to help you. If no one is in to answer your call, we will return your call as soon as we get your message. The Ventura Visitors Center is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Thank you for caring about Ventura — and each other. Please keep wearing your mask, maintain social distance, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you’re sick.
In working together, and caring about each other, we are moving toward the bright horizon.
Are hotels and short-term rentals open?
Yes. Please call the hotels directly for information. Already have future bookings? Please confirm those bookings directly with the service provider.
Are beaches open?
Yes. Ventura’s beaches remain open for active and passive use; you can sit and sunbathe as long as you keep a safe physical distance of six feet. Congregating in large groups outside of your immediate household is not allowed. Neither are group activities such as volleyball, football, and soccer.
Are parks open?
Yes. Ventura’s parks are open for active and passive use; you can sit and picnic as long as you keep a safe physical distance of six feet. Congregating in large groups outside of your immediate household is not allowed. Neither are group activities such as volleyball, football, and soccer.
Are public restrooms and parking lots at parks and beaches open?
Are restaurants open?
As of January 25th Ventura restaurants are still not allowed to offer in-restaurant dining. However Ventura restaurants are now once again allowed to offer outdoor dining, as well as continuing to offer delivery service and take-out. Please check the individual restaurant websites to see how they are handling these most recent changes.
Are retail stores open?
Most Ventura retailers are now open for in-store shopping at 25% capacity; many also continue to offer curbside pickup and online sales. Malls are open at 25% capacity. Our own Ventura Visitors Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. We are closed to the public, for the moment, on Mondays and Tuesdays. But our online store is open 24/7. Have questions about anything? Call us at 805-641-1400!
For more information on Downtown Ventura businesses view Downtown Ventura Businesses.
For more information on Ventura Harbor Village businesses view Ventura Harbor Village Businesses.
Are bars and wineries open?
Our bars, wineries, and tasting rooms are closed for indoor operations, but they are once again allowed to operate outdoors. Many also continue to offer beer and wine to go. To operate outdoors, wineries, bars, and breweries must offer meals. In short, you must make a small food purchase to have a drink. Again, please consult the business’s individual website for specific information.
Do I have to wear a mask in Ventura?
Yes, please. In accordance with California Governor Gavin Newsom’s state-wide mandate, masks must be worn while in all public indoor spaces. They must also be worn outdoors when social distancing of six feet isn’t possible. So on Ventura’s beaches, you can take off your mask once you get settled on the beach — as long as you’re at least six feet from others. Thank you for understanding — and caring about others.
Are campgrounds and RV Parks open?
Are barbershops and hair and nail salons open?
Barbershops and hair and nail salons are now once again open for indoor services. Some also continue to offer outdoor services.
Are museums, gyms and movie theaters open?
Movie theaters, museums and gyms remain closed for indoor operations. Some gyms are offering outdoor exercise options. Please call the individual business or check their website..
Are playgrounds open?
Yes. Playgrounds remain open. City workers are kindly working to clean them daily.
How can I learn more about Ventura?
Please go to our website for more information www.visitventuraca.com. You are also welcome to stop into the Ventura Visitors Center, currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Are there good sources for COVID-19 related local information?
Yes, lots of them. Visit California provides daily updates regarding the Coronavirus situation, including valuable travel updates. A great source for Ventura County updates is venturacountyrecovers.org.