More activities, businesses poised to open further April 7 in orange tier

3 30 ORANGECan you say orange? That signals good news for Ventura County as COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to decline. Below is the county chart that shows the state metrics the county must meet to be able to open more businesses and activities. If all goes well, Ventura County should be in the orange tier by April 7, according to county Public Health officials. Learn more at


More local businesses will likely be able to open even further on April 7 when the county moves from the current red tier, which is second-most restrictive, to the even-better orange tier as COVID-19 cases continue to decline and more people are vaccinated.

State Public Health official announced the welcome news on March 30, stating the county of Ventura has met the requirements for the state’s orange tier for the first week of the two-week required time frame.

 If the county meets the orange-tier requirements at the next review on April 6, the move to the orange tier will take effect.


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"This brings hope that we are headed in a better direction,” said County Executive Officer Mike Powers. "The orange tier allows for many of our businesses to expand operations and even allows for outdoor live events." 

Should the state reach the goal of 4 million vaccine doses administered in the most-impacted communities in California, the county could move to orange within 48 hours of that milestone.

All activities authorized under the state's orange tier can resume in accordance with state capacity limits and safety protocols, including:

Amusement parks: Smaller parks can open outdoors with 25% max occupancy or 500 people, whichever is fewer; there must be reservations or advanced ticket sales and only local attendees are allowed (from the same county as the park's location.

Bars (where no meal is served): Open outdoors with modifications.

• Cardrooms and satellite wagering: Open indoors with 25% max occupancy.

• Family entertainment centers: Open indoors for naturally distanced activities such as bowling alleys and escape rooms; kart racing, miniature golf and batting cages are outdoors only with modifications.

• Fitness centers and gyms: Open indoors with 25% max occupancy; indoor pools open at 25% occupancy.

• Hotels and lodging.

• Movie theaters: Open indoors with 50% max occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

• Museums, zoos, and aquariums: Open indoors with 50% max occupancy.

• Offices: Open indoors with modifications though telework is still encouraged.

• Outdoor live events: Open at 20% capacity; reservations required with assigned seating only; regional attendees only (120-mile radius of venue).

• Retail (including standalone grocers): Open indoors at full capacity with modifications.

• Restaurants open indoors with 50% max occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer; only members of same household may share a table.

• Shopping centers (including swap meets and indoor malls): Open indoors at full capacity with modifications; common areas must remain closed and food courts are at reduced capacity.

• Wineries, breweries and distilleries: Open indoors with 25% max occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer; only members of same household may share a table.

• Youth sports: Competitions between two teams are allowed in certain sports according to the state's Youth Sports Guidance.

The state has also issued new guidance for the following activities:

• Outdoor live audience events, including ballparks and stadiums.

• Guidance for commencement and graduation ceremonies.

After reaching the orange tier, the county would need to remain there for three consecutive weeks to be able to progress to the less-restrictive yellow tier, according to Public Health officials.

For more information on what the state allows in the orange tier, visit

For more information by industry sector, visit the state's Industry Guidance website.

State guidance for commencement ceremonies is on the website:

Regarding commencement ceremonies, the site states:

“— All commencement ceremonies must adhere to the following requirements and modifications:

“— All attendees, including school staff, performers, students and families are counted toward any occupancy capacity limit.

“— If multiple ceremonies are planned for a single day, schools must allow for at least two hours between ceremonies to prevent mixing across attendees.

“— Limit attendee groups to a household unit. People from the same household do not need to be six feet apart.

“— Audience seating must be fixed or marked, with readily identifiable signs to indicate by section, row, and seat. Marked seats should clearly define space for individuals with appropriate space per person (no blanket reservations or group areas). 

“— All commencement ceremonies shall adhere to attendance limitations as defined within the current CDPH Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performances Guidance. Outdoor, in-person ceremonies are permissible, consistent with this guidance. If the current county tier the school is operating in does not permit an outdoor, in-person ceremony, see the Alternatives to Commencement Ceremonies and Celebrations section below.”  




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