Californians have been staying home since the start of our statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. Westlake Village is laying the groundwork for a safe recovery and reopening of businesses. Below you will find the information and tools necessary to effectively reopen your local business.
The State and County Reopening Framework
Governor’s Plan for Reopening
Californians have been staying home since the start of our statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on a roadmap for modifying the statewide order to reopen. The Blueprint for a Safer Economy is comprised of four tiers with each stage gradually permitting the reopening of various businesses depending on the exposure risk that they pose.
STATE REOPENING UPDATE as of April 6, 2021
As we reach 20 million vaccines administered and COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations have stabilized, California is looking to move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy to fully reopening our economy. On June 15, all industries across the state can return to usual operations with common-sense risk reduction measures such as masking and vaccinations.
We will only progress to this stage if we continue to stay vigilant, keep wearing our masks and getting vaccinated. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access, and vaccine efficacy against variants with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.
What triggers our move Beyond the Blueprint?
On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:
- Equitable vaccine availability: If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years or older who wish to be inoculated; and
- Consistently low burden of disease: Hospitalizations are stable and low, and specifically, hospitalizations among fully vaccinated individuals are low.
What happens beyond the Blueprint?
When California fully reopens the economy, the state will move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Common-sense health measures such as masking will remain across the state. Testing or vaccination verification requirements will remain in relevant settings. Additionally:
- All sectors listed in the current Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart may return to usual operations in compliance with ETS/Cal OSHA and other statewide agency guidelines and standards with limited public health restrictions, such as masking, testing, and testing or vaccination verification requirements for large-scale higher-risk events. In addition, the following restrictions apply (via a narrow public health order):
- Unless testing or vaccination status is verified for all attendees, conventions will be capped at 5,000 persons until October 1.
- International convention attendees will only be allowed if fully vaccinated.
- Schools and institutions of higher education should conduct full-time, in person instruction, in compliance with Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards and public health guidelines.
- Workplaces promote policies that reduce risk, including improved indoor ventilation, and mask wearing in indoor and other high-risk settings as well as remote work when possible without impacting business operations.
- Californians and travelers will be subject to any current CDPH and CDC travel restrictions.
California will also need to maintain the public health and medical infrastructure in these five priority areas:
- Continue to provide vaccinations and be prepared for the vaccination of Californians under 16 years old. It is critical that vaccines remain effective against circulating strains.
- Conduct equity-focused monitoring and surveillance by maintaining adequate testing capacity and strategies for the early detection of cases including variants via genomic sequencing.
- Contain disease spread through timely investigation of cases, contacts, and outbreaks.
- Maintain a statewide plan to scale up resources for isolation or quarantine.
- Monitor hospital admissions and maintain adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and healthcare surge capacity that can be easily mobilized.
The transition from Blueprint
Our strategy is to use various levers and incentives to increase protection of Californians and incentivize vaccination to move us towards community immunity. Since March we have adjusted the Blueprint to recognize the role of vaccines in reducing transmission. These strategies include:
- Reopening and expanding the capacity of outdoor sectors
- Adding the Vaccine Equity Benchmarks to adjust the case rate thresholds for Blueprint tiers
- Allowing increased capacity or numbers of persons allowed, including indoors, with proof of testing or vaccination
- Developing guidance or minimum standards to ensure equity, privacy, and ethical practices are integral in the deployment of vaccination and testing verification methods
- Focusing on equity allocations and implementation plans to improve vaccination coverage in our least advantaged and hardest-hit communities
The efforts Californians have taken to date have allowed us to fully reopen safely so we can move beyond the Blueprint.
L.A. County’s Roadmap to Recovery
The City of Westlake Village is located 38 miles west of downtown Los Angeles and falls within the purview of the Los Angeles County health orders. Los Angeles County is moving toward new standards for a swift and safe reopening in alignment with the State of California guidelines. The Public Health protocols for reopening change at every tier.
As we prepare to gradually reopen, we will apply many elements of the Governor’s Guidance, including, disinfecting, including facilities, vehicles and equipment and physical distancing.
Each business in the City of Westlake Village must review the information provided by the State of California and the County of Los Angeles, which has provided all currently available industry guidance by stage of reopening in accordance with the State’s Resiliency Roadmap. The goal is a create a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.
Businesses owners in the City are encouraged to review the guidance that is relevant to their workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for their industry, and put it into action.
County of Los Angeles in Orange Tier Status for Reopening Starting April 5, 2021
The County of Los Angeles’ reopening plan continues to align with the State’s reopening plan. The County is currently in the orange tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan. The County will continue to provide County required protocols for reopening. Reopening of businesses is contingent upon their readiness to implement and comply with sector-specific guidance under the tiered system approach.
Under the Orange Tier status the following is allowed:
- Bars that do not provide meals will be allowed to open outdoors with distancing, masking and infection control safety measures. Indoor operations are not permitted. Masks are required except when people are eating or drinking. There can be no counter seating and people can eat or drink only when they are seated. Tables must be 8 feet apart, with a maximum of 6 people from up to 3 different households. There can be no live entertainment, television is permitted, and hours of operations are from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
- Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries that do not serve meals can remain open outdoors and can also open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. These establishments will follow the same public health directives as bars for their outdoor areas, however, there are additional requirements for indoor spaces: reservations are required for indoor seating, there is a maximum of 6 people per table and they must be from the same household, and there is no live entertainment or television viewing indoors.
- Restaurants can increase capacity for indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less with continued safety modifications.
- Cardrooms can operate indoors at 25% capacity. There must be 8-feet of distancing between tables and masks are always required. Food and beverages remain banned from card tables.
- Places of Worship can hold services indoors at 50% capacity.
- Fitness Centers can operate indoors at 25% capacity and indoor pools can now re-open. Masks are always required unless swimming.
- Movie Theatres can increase capacity to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Seats must be reserved, and each group must have 6 feet of distance from other groups in all directions. Eating is allowed in only designated areas or in your reserved seat.
- Family Entertainment Centers can open indoors at 25% capacity for distanced activities, such as bowling or escape rooms. Masks remain required.
- Grocery and Retail Stores can increase capacity to 75%, although Public Health strongly recommends grocery stores remain at 50% capacity until April 15 to allow as many grocery store workers as possible get vaccinated.
- Hair Salons, Barbershops and Personal Care Services can increase capacity to 75% with masks required, except for services where customers need to remove their masks. For services where customers must remove their face coverings, staff must wear a fitted N95 or a mask with a face shield.
- Museums, Zoos and Aquariums can be open indoors at 50% capacity.
- Youth and Adult Recreational Sports can apply to Public Health for approval for athletic events, tournaments or competitions that involve more than two teams or multiple individuals.
City of Westlake Village Reopening Protocols
City of Westlake Village Reopening Plan
The City of Westlake Village has created a working plan document and will regularly update it as new orders come into effect. Click to view and download the plan document.
Prior to reopening, All Facilities MUST Take These 5 Steps
- Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific COVID-19 protection plan.
- Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
- Implement individual control measures and screenings.
- Implement disinfecting protocols.
- Implement physical distancing guidelines
Prepare a COVID-19 Prevention Plan
- Begin by reviewing the guidance published by the State of California and the County of Los Angeles.
- Upon reviewing the guidance, perform a detailed risk assessment in accordance with the state guidelines for your industry and prepare a COVID-19 protection plan based on the guidance.
- Implement a site-specific COVID-19 protection plan. This must be kept on site and readily available.
- Complete your industry specific checklist.
- In the event LA County requires documentation to reopen it may be necessary to complete an attestation form.
- Post the industry specific checklist and potentially the attestation at your business to show your customers and employees you have reduced the risk and are open for business.
- An official from the City or County may conduct a site visit to verify compliance.
Alcoholic Beverage Control Notice of Regulatory Relief
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has provided temporary relief measures which remain in place during the COVID-19 emergency.
Relief has been issued to enable licensees with on-sale privileges to reopen their businesses for on-site consumption that is consistent with the Governor’s declarations and orders, as well as other State and local health and safety guidelines:
- Expansion of Licensed Footprint
- Extension of Regulatory Relief for Club Licenses: Type 50, 51, 52
The Notice of Regulatory Relief is designed to support the alcoholic beverage industry in its efforts to assist California in slowing the spread of the virus while assisting the industry in dealing with the economic challenges it is facing as a result. Details can be found at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) website.
Additional Resources for Businesses
Los Angeles County has a dedicated call center for businesses as well as employees to help during the COVID-19 emergency.
Counselors are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to help business owners navigate loan applications and help individuals that were recently laid off due to this emergency.
Contact the Business & Worker Disaster Help Center:
- Disaster Relief Loans
The SBA offers low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital. For more information or to apply online, visit this website, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@SBA.gov
- Recovery Loans
The Small Business Recovery Loan Program provides small businesses (25 or fewer employees) with easy-to-access financial relief to stay afloat and keep employees. Loan proceeds may be used for working capital, including payroll or rent. E-mail questions to BizRecovery@lacda.org.
- SBA Deferments
You may be eligible for SBA automatic deferments through December 31, 2020 if you’re still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters.
- Need help with a loan?
The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) offers one-on-one consultation for non-traditional loans for impacted businesses, capital and tax incentives, and cost containment strategies to maintain operations and avoid layoffs. Email LAEDC at COVID19Response@LAEDC.org.
- Review your insurance policy
The California Dept of Insurance recommends businesses review their business interruption insurance policies and contact their insurance companies to determine what their policies cover with regard to loss of business income due to recent orders suspending business operations. If your commercial insurance claim was denied, request an investigation at Insurance.CA.gov/01-Consumers/101-help.
- Help for employees
California’s Work Sharing Program provides an alternative to layoffs for businesses with reduced work or production. Visit EDD.ca.gov/Unemployment/Work_Sharing_Program.htm
Chamber of Commerce Resources
- The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce also has many resources available for area businesses. Visit their website at https://www.conejochamber.org/.
- The Conejo Valley Small Business Relief Fund was established by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Foundation in partnership with the cities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills. The fund will provide much needed grants to local small businesses as they navigate the financial impacts of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Prevention Resources (Infographics, Flyers and Visual Guides)
- Reopening Signage for your Business (click to download PDF)
- COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide
- Proper Hand Washing Steps
- How to Disinfect your Workspace
- Actions You Can Take to Prevent the Spread of Illness (CDC)
- Travelers’ Health (CDC)
- Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
- LA County Guidelines
Restaurants: Requirements to Apply for Temporary Outdoor Dining Area Expansion
Westlake Village Leadership is Advocating for a Safe and Swift Reopening
Westlake Village Community Focus
What is Open in the City of Westlake Village
- The following businesses, facilities or locations are open across Los Angeles County, including the City of Westlake Village: CLICK HERE FOR LISTING
- Parks: The City of Westlake Village will begin reopening certain non-contact amenities and park areas. Westlake Village has modified its operations to reopen these amenities with strict health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Safety guidelines are required based on the type of amenity, in accordance with the health officer order.
What is the City of Westlake Village Doing to Help the Community?
The City Council and staff are working to help the community reopen quickly while continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the practice of reasonable infection control precautions. Local business recovery consists of:
- Creating a local reopening plan with info graphics and guidelines
- Active participant in Small Business Task Force – Chamber Lead
- Website resources updated regularly at www.readywlv.org
- Evaluating City code modifications to allow for outdoor eating beyond footprint of CUP
- Supporting Conejo Valley Small Business Relief Fund for Westlake Village businesses
- Advertising in the Acorn, City’s Website and Social Media account
- Stay Local, Shop Local campaign
- Promoting Takeout Tuesday
Westlake Village COVID-19 Community Health Impact
While public health is always the paramount of concern for Los Angeles County, our region has performed much better than our neighbors in more densely populated regions of the County. Please see the chart below that illustrates that Conejo and Las Virgenes areas have not seen the same propensity of new cases and deaths as the rest of the county. Even when accounting for the smaller population, the cases and death per capita do not compare to the rates seen in Los Angeles County.
|Metric||Los Angeles County||Conejo/ Las Virgenes*|
* Conejo / Las Virgenes is the combined data for the cities of Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Calabasas.
|Metric||Westlake Village||Agoura Hills||Calabasas|
Access to Adequate Health Care Capacity
In addition to the hospitals within Los Angeles County, our region is served by the Los Robles Health System in nearby Thousand Oaks.
Stay Local, Shop Local!
Businesses are an important part of the fabric of our Westlake Village community and we need your cooperation and partnership to get through this public health emergency. You can help the small businesses you love stay in business by buying their products and services. In fact, many small businesses are operating now. And buying local means you’re not only supporting our community’s businesses, but you will get your products faster than if you ordered them from an online megastore. So shop with them today! For a listing of Westlake Village restaurants that are open for takeout and delivery, click here.