On Tuesday, March 30, 2021 the state of California announced that the County of Ventura could move into the State’s Orange Tier as early as Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:01 am. In the announcement, it was noted that the County has met the requirements for the first week of the two-week time frame in the State’s Orange Tier. If the County meets the requirements during the next review, on April 6, the County will be permitted to move to Orange Tier.

The orange Tier is the third of the four-tier color-coded State system under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The following information has been provided by the County regarding the possible transition.

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 like bowling alleys and escape rooms; kart racing, mini 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: fitness centers can now open indoors with 25% max occupancy; indoor pools open at 25% occupancy
  • 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 in the Orange Tier for 3-consecutive weeks to be able to progress to the less restrictive Yellow Tier.

For more information on what the State allows in the Orange Tier, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/. For further information by industry sector, visit the State’s Industry Guidance website.

The City of Ojai would like to share a reminder: please continue to social distance, wear face coverings and wash your hands often to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These simple measures will help keep our community safe.