LINKS TO OFFICIAL INFORMATION
For Ventura County: https://www.vcemergency.com/
For Santa Barbara County: https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/
24 new cases of coronavirus for a total of 1,062 in Ventura County. The death toll remains 32 in Ventura County. 20 people in the hospital with 12 of them in the ICU. A total of 23,990 tests conducted in Ventura County. https://www.vcemergency.com/
12 new cases for a total of 1636 (with more than a thousand of those cases at the federal prison in Lompoc). 12 deaths total. 1481 have recovered. 130 active cases, 87 recovering at home, 29 in the hospital with 10 of those in the ICU.
A Message from the Covid Compliance Team
Many local businesses are now allowed to reopen as Ventura County continues to meet the State criteria for Covid-19 response.
There have been many inquiries regarding what workplace types are able to reopen, and what safety measures need to be in place to protect employees and customers as they do so. We encourage you to visit www.vcreopens.com to access information on what workplace types are able to register and reopen or expand services at this time.
There you will find helpful and informative links to help guide you through safely reopening your business. When you select “Complete the attestation form by clicking here”, you will be able to select your industry/workplace type. Once selected, you will see the guidance and template that relate to that particular industry.
We are currently in the Expanded Stage 2 phase of reopening. The state has specifically stated the following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time. Ventura County is not allowed to open these businesses at this time:
We want to share a heartfelt, “thank you”, to each business owner who has been so diligent in response and cooperation during this time helping to slow the spread and flatten the curve!
Should you have any questions regarding a workplace type, business registration or attestation form or checklist, please contact us at CovidCompliance@ventura.org or call (844) VC OPENS (844-826-7367) and we will help guide you through the process.
Please visit www.vcreopens.com to find COVID-19 guidance and to register your business. On this website you will find information about which businesses can open, what steps you should take, and how to contact us if you need further assistance.
CDPH Announces Most Counties Can Reopen Barbershops and Hair Salons with Modifications
Modifications Required to Protect Californians against COVID-19
Only Permitted Activities Are Those During Which Barber or Stylist and Client
Can Both Wear a Cloth Face Covering Throughout, Such as Haircuts, Hair Coloring, Weaves and Braids
Shaving, Facial Waxing, Threading and Facials Not Permitted at This Time
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health today announced that counties that have attested to meeting the criteria for accelerated re-opening may re-open hair salons and barbershops with modifications such as mandatory face coverings for both barbers or stylists and clients. State public health leaders noted that Californians staying at home and exercising caution when out helped flatten the COVID-19 curve. Public health leaders acknowledge that today's announcement is also possible based on statewide indicators such as PPE, testing capacity, hospital surge capacity and hospitalizations.
Permitted activities include services that can be provided with both the worker and customer wearing face coverings throughout the service. These include haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance and hair relaxing treatments.
Salon activities that cannot be done with face coverings on both the worker and client – or that require touching the client's face – such as shaving, facial waxing, threading, eyelash services and facials – remain prohibited at this time in all counties. Likewise, nail salons remain closed.
"Together, Californians have limited infections in our state, and because of that work, many counties may make a decision to restart modified hair and barber services," said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. "However, COVID-19 is still present in our communities and we are still at risk. As we venture outside our homes, it is critically important to keep physical distance, wear face coverings in public, and wash hands frequently to help protect yourself and those around you."
Under the new guidance to reopen, salons and barbers must:
More information about the state's COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health's Guidance web page.
More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.
Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles will reopen 46 more field offices throughout the state on Thursday, May 28, for a total of 71 locations assisting customers with a current appointment at the specific office and limited transactions that require an in-person visit. The DMV has begun rescheduling prior appointments and notifying customers of the new date. The DMV, which initially reopened 25 offices earlier this month, continues to encourage customers to use online services, its expanded virtual services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals.
Beginning Thursday, the following 46 field offices will open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of opening at 9 a.m. Wednesday:
Employees will maintain physical distancing while serving customers with existing appointments and Californians in need of selected transactions that can only be completed in a DMV field office, including:
In order to focus field office services to these select transactions, DMV staff may direct customers to online services and other available options to complete their transactions.
Employees in the remainder of DMV’s 170 public offices will provide services through the Virtual Field Office. The DMV plans to continue reopening these offices to the public in phases during the coming weeks. More information on office openings will be provided on the DMV website.
In addition to physical distancing, employees have access to disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, facial shields, gloves and soap and water. The DMV also is providing hand-washing stations for customer use in select locations. Customers are required to wear a face covering and remain 6 feet apart in line. Customers will also be offered a text message that will allow them to wait outside the building until notified they are ready to be served. Entry into the building will be metered, and customers may experience extended wait times.
Californians who do not have an urgent need to go to a DMV field office should delay their visit.
The DMV continues to provide essential services via mail, online, kiosks, call centers, available business partners and virtually to process critical transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers can use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.
The DMV has taken a number of actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
Ventura County Library system is preparing to implement curbside services.
State guidelines for retail curbside pick-up were modified last week to allow libraries to provide curbside pick-up of materials, and libraries across the county have begun to reopen these limited services. The largest library system in the county, the Ventura County Library, operates twelve libraries and is actively preparing to safely implement curbside services over the next two weeks at most branches.
Public libraries across Ventura County have been closed since mid-March when the State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health issued an order requiring most Californians to stay at home to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 among the population. The state announced these efforts have allowed them to move forward on their roadmap for modifying the statewide order, including allowing public libraries to reopen for curbside pick-up of materials. Public libraries had previously not been allowed to operate under the orders.
Ventura County Library Director Nancy Schram says, "Safely reestablishing access to physical library materials is a significant step toward restoring in-person library services."
Schram says library employees have been performing exceptional work and providing services and programs in the virtual environment during the closure. However, feedback received from the community during the closure of the physical library branches has emphasized the critical role libraries play in providing access to print materials and Internet access in particular. The library is currently working with the Ventura County Library Foundation to raise funds to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks to loan out to community members as part of their lending library.
Check the library's website at www.vencolibrary.org for the latest information and services that are available.
For additional information, contact Nancy Schram, Ventura County Library Director at (805) 256-8535
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The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.
Ventura County Library has 12 locations across the County:
El Rio Branch:
Heritage Valley branches:
Oak Park branch:
Ojai Valley region branches:
Port Hueneme branch:
Ventura region branches: