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Oxnard-- In his April 6 report to the Oxnard City Council, City Manager Alex Nguyen reported that Ventura County enters the Orange Tier starting at 12:01 a.m. on April 7.
The means that retail businesses at full capacity with modifications and malls can open indoors with modifications. Common areas remain closed, and food courts can open at reduced capacity. Places of worship can open indoors at 50 percent capacity with modifications, and family entertainment centers can open at 25 percent capacity for naturally distanced items like bowling and escape rooms. Kart racing, mini-golf, and batting cages are open outdoors with modifications.
Museums, zoos, and aquariums can open with modifications at 50 percent capacity. Movie theaters can open indoors at 50 percent occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Hotels and lodging can open indoors with modifications, including 25 percent capacity at fitness centers and 25 percent capacity at indoor pools. Gyms and fitness centers can open indoors with modifications at 25 percent capacity, and indoor pools at the gym can open at 25 percent capacity.
Restaurants can open with modifications at 50 percent occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer, and breweries and wineries can open indoors with modifications at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Bars, where no meals are served, can open outdoors with modifications.
Outdoor live events can open at 20 percent capacity with modifications, and reservations are required with assigned seating. Live events are limited to regional attendees only, within a 120-mile radius of the venue.
Offices can open indoors with modifications, although telework is still recommended.
Nguyen said it's always important to remind everyone that we're all still in the pandemic.
"We're hopefully at the end of the tunnel and seeing the bright light, but we're not there yet," he said. "As you re-engage in these public activities, please continue to wear a face-covering, observe a physical and social distance, wash your hands as often as possible, and avoid gatherings as best as you can with people outside of your immediate household."
He said the vaccine supply continues to roll out and increase.
"We are currently at anyone who is 50 years or older," he said. "Within two weeks, on April 15, all Californians age 16 and up will be eligible to receive the vaccine. We encourage everyone to do that as soon as your group is eligible."
The city still has the Rose Avenue Clinic site available at 2340 N Rose Avenue in the former Babies r Us site and the South Oxnard Public Health Office at Centerpoint Mall.
To schedule an appointment, visit venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information.
"Even though you are eligible, you need to register to make an appointment," Nguyen said. "The web addresses are available at the county's website, the city's website, as well as the state's public health website."
The Southwinds Youth Center's mini-site continues as the location provides people with their second dose of the vaccine.
"We're hoping they'll continue that effort next month, as the eligibility opens up for more people," he said.
Rent relief is currently available, and if people need to apply, they can call 1-833-430-2122.
"You can apply as a tenant and also as a landlord," he said. "We hope that as many residents and landlords who are in need of this assistance will pursue these funds."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will make funds available for funeral expenses after January 20 if someone passed away from Covid-19.
"They are accepting applications on April 12," he said. "As soon as we get that information, we'll post it on the city's website."
Street sweeping enforcement will resume, June 1.