The County of Ventura provided this update on when the County may move into red tier:

The state has announced that once 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are administered in the most vulnerable communities in the state that the state will modify the case rate requirements. The case rate requirements are tied into the different colored tiers. If the case rate requirement is adjusted and Ventura County meets the metric we will move to the Red Tier on Wednesday the 17th.

Looking forward. Here’s what can be open (following the state issued guidance for each sector) once the County is in the Red Tier:

Hair salons: open indoors with modifications

Retail: open indoors at 50% capacity

Malls: open indoors at 50% capacity and limited food courts

Places of worship: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

Nail salons: open indoors with modifications

Electrolysis: open indoors with modifications

Personal care services (body waxing, etc.): open indoor with modifications

Tattooing and piercing: open indoors with modifications

Museums, zoos and aquariums: open indoors at 25% capacity

Movie theaters: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

Hotels: open with modifications, plus fitness centers can open at 10% capacity

Gyms: open indoors at 10% capacity 6 feet social distancing

Restaurants: open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer

Bars, Wineries, breweries and distilleries: Updated state guidance will be released this week.

Family entertainment centers: outdoor only, like mini golf, batting cages and go-kart racing

Non-essential offices: remote work only

Professional sports: outdoor only at 20% capacity starting April 1

Schools: can reopen for in-person instruction after five days out of the purple tier

Theme parks: can reopen at 15% capacity starting April 1

Live performances: outdoor only at 20% capacity starting April 1

As of now, how a county is categorized depends on the number of new daily covid cases and the testing positivity rate. Here’s how it breaks down:

Widespread (purple): Counties with more than 7 daily new cases per 100,000 residents or higher than 8% positivity rate

Substantial (red): 4 to 7 daily new cases per 100,000 residents or 5-8% positivity

Moderate (orange): 1 to 3.9 daily new cases per 100,000 or 2-4.9% positivity

Minimal (yellow): Less than 1 daily new case per 100,000 or less than 2% positivity

Once 2 million vaccine doses have been administered to those living in the “Vaccine Equity Quartile”, a new set of metrics will be used:

Widespread (purple): Counties with more than 10 daily new cases per 100,000 residents

Substantial (red): 4 to 10 daily new cases per 100,000 residents

Moderate (orange): 1 to 3.9 daily new cases per 100,000

Minimal (yellow): Less than 1 daily new case per 100,000

The County of Ventura has a current case rate of 9.1. If the state administers 2 million doses the County will meet the new state metrics and be in red by March 17.

What can you do to help?

Covid is still spreading in our County. Things are looking better but we all must work together to continue to slow the spread. Wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands frequently, staying home when sick and not gathering are steps that help slow the spread.

Bottom line is we are not in red yet but headed that way.

More info about the state’s tiers at: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/