by Visit Ventura
It always seems impossible until it’s done
~ Nelson Mandela
How Do Things Currently Stand in 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 working so hard to address this unprecedented challenge. The brightest minds in the world are working on 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 November 18th, 2020. 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 wear your mask, keep your social distance, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you’re sick.
Looking out for each other, we’ll get through this together.
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 the 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 November 18th, Ventura’s restaurants are not allowed to offer in-restaurant dining. However many Ventura restaurants continue to offer outdoor dining, as well as delivery service and take-out. Please check the individual restaurant websites to see how they are handling the most recent changes. Please see more on outdoor dining below.
Are retail stores open?
Most Ventura retailers are now open for in-store shopping at 25% capacity; many also 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 3 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 allowed to operate outdoors and many are. Many also offer takeout. 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.
Some bright news
Ventura has adapted to the challenges of Coronavirus with creativity. We have closed five blocks of Ventura’s downtown Main Street to traffic, making an easily walk-able downtown more walk-able still. Along the five-block stretch (from the San Buenaventura Mission to Fir Street), restaurants are offering outdoor seating, retailers have moved some of their wares out onto the sidewalks, and you can stroll down the middle of the street (allowing for social distancing). There are also tables with umbrellas and chairs (which our kind city workers will keep clean). Think Europe — by the sea.
Are campgrounds and RV Parks open?
Are barbershops and hair and nail salons open?
Barbershops and hair and nail salons are open for indoor services. Some also offer outdoor services.
Are museums, gyms, and movie theaters open?
No. As of November 17, movie theaters, museums and gyms are closed for indoor operations. Some that can offer services outdoors are. Please call the individual business or check their website.
Can I go to Channel Islands National Park?
Yes, Island Packers is running trips to the Channel Islands. Yes, some things are different. For one, there is limited space on the boats — 40% capacity to allow for social distancing. Please see Island Packers’ website or call 805-642-1393 for additional important information).
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. Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere’s Facebook page is also an excellent source for what is currently happening in the city of Ventura.