Note: On Sunday Governor Newsom recommended that bars, brewpubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries should be re-closed in Ventura and several other counties but left the final decision to each county's Public Health Officer. Monday, Ventura County's Public Health Officer said those establishments in Ventura County that the Governor was refering to were never reopened and the ones that were reopened meet the state guidelines to stay open. Below is the news release from Ventura County about the issue...
Ventura, CA – The County of Ventura Public Health Department announced today that brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, wineries and distilleries that serve food can remain open in compliance with the State’s guidance released this weekend. The bars that would have been subject to the State recommended closures were never reopened in Ventura County due to concerns about social distancing implementation. Establishments and customers must continue to be vigilant in following all safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Community spread of infection is of increasing concern across the State and in Ventura County. It is imperative that community members only gather with members of their household remain socially distanced and wear masks in public spaces,” said Public Health Director Rigo Vargas.
The department has issued new guidelines effective 7/1/20 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. When dining at restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, wineries and distilleries:
“Please use extreme caution as COVID-19 is still prevalent in our County. You are much more likely to run into someone who has no symptoms but is positive if you gather with others. It’s important that we collectively work together to stop the spread so that lives can be saved, and businesses can remain open,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.
As part of the State’s efforts to address COVID-19, Governor Newsom ordered seven counties throughout California to close bars and recommended that eight counties, including Ventura County, also close. The Governor cited the social nature of bars, the potential for alcohol consumption to reduce inhibition and impair judgment and the challenges of contact tracing among bar-goers, among the reasons for the action. The State issued guidance allows for bars and similar establishments to remain open if they offer sit-down, dine-in meals. The County of Ventura has only allowed reopening of these sectors with food service therefore the County is in line with the recommended State guidance.
Existing guidelines must continue to be followed:
Stay informed at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.