COVID-19 has altered 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 impact locally — and it is ever-changing. We’ve tried to keep things as simple and clear as possible, and we will work to keep this page updated as things change. If we don’t answer your questions here, please call us at the Ventura Visitors Center (805-641-1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 your interest in — and caring about — our town. We feel the same way about you, all our kind visitors, which is why your health and safety matters deeply to us.
We are all in this together — and together is always better.
People help people get through hard times
HOW THINGS CURRENTLY STAND IN VENTURA (updated January 29, 2021)
As of January 25, 2021, Ventura, and Ventura County, has moved into the Purple Tier. Step by step, we are marching toward the light…
Are hotels and short-term rentals open?
Yes. Please call the hotels directly for information.
Are beaches open?
Yes. Ventura County beaches are 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 County 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 playgrounds open?
Good news for parents and children, Ventura’s playgrounds remain open. Please wear a mask and keep your safe distance. Thank you!
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 continuing to offer delivery service and take-out. Please check the individual restaurant websites to see how they are handling the most recent changes. And thank you for supporting our local restaurants, in any form you can, in their time of great need!
Are bars, breweries, wineries, and distilleries 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.
Are retail stores open?
Ventura retailers remain 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? Please 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.
Do I have to wear a mask in Ventura?
Yes, please. In accordance with California Governor Gavin Newsom’s state-wide mandate, masks must now 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..
Can I go to Channel Islands National Park?
Yes, and Island Packers is running day trips to the Channel Islands, as well as whale watching trips. Yes, some things are different. For one, there will be limited space on the boats to allow for social distancing. Happy news — Scorpion Anchorage, on Santa Cruz Island, is now open with a new pier, and whale watching is in full swing. From late December through the middle of April, majestic Pacific Gray Whales pass by the Ventura coast. For more information, please visit Island Packers’ website or call 805-642-1393. Perhaps a breath of serenity is what we need. As of January 29th, the Park’s island campgrounds are open again — except Scorpion Canyon Campground on Santa Cruz Island. Please visit the Channel Islands National Park website for reopening status)
How can I learn more about Ventura?
Please go to our website for more information www.visitventuraca.com. You can also use our hotels page to search for midweek hotel discounts. If you come to Ventura midweek, you won’t need the web to see that it’s uncrowded. You are also welcome to stop into the Ventura Visitors Center, currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
How can I read more about Ventura?
Shopping, dining, hiking, beach-going, beer-quaffing, wine-tasting, and all manner of fun in the sun is what Ventura does best. And you can learn about much of that fun in our Ventura Inspiration Guide. Please order our FREE 2020 Ventura Inspiration Guide. Or take a look at our Ventura Virtual Guide.
Are there good sources for COVID-19 related 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.
A final (heartfelt) word
All of this can be overwhelming — and ever-changing — so we’ll finish with what really matters. We know that all of us — from the Visit Ventura team, to our local residents, to our treasured visitors — we are all just trying to do the next right thing. And that it isn’t always easy. So please be kind to each other.
Rising to meet this challenge isn’t just about science. It’s also about caring and heart.
Our President & CEO, Marlyss Auster puts it humanly…
These times are, quite likely, the greatest challenge of our lifetime. Maybe several lifetimes.
But I know Ventura’s spirit — and the world’s spirit — is up to the challenge. We know. We have seen it before. There really is no power like kindness, caring and community. And — plain and simple — the outright refusal to get knocked down.
The best things in life are often about effort — but they are always about heart.
We realize we are all in this together.
Together, we can get through this. With heart and helping hands.