Ventura County health officials are expected to give an update on coronavirus cases and deaths Thursday as the county remains on the cusp of falling back into a more restrictive lockdown.

Following improvements in the case rate, the county moved into the second-most restrictive red tier of the state’s plan earlier this month. This allowed a wide range of businesses to operate indoors once again for the first time in weeks.

Restaurants and movie theaters are able to hold up to 25% of their maximum capacity or 100 people — whichever is fewer — while gyms have been able to reopen at 10% capacity.

But the Ventura County Star reported that local officials learned this week that the county is on track to returning to the purple tier of the state’s reopening plan, when the virus is considered “widespread” and only outdoor operations of many businesses such as restaurants are allowed.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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