Ventura County officials work with business community to begin reopening economy

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Ventura County officials on Wednesday said they are working with the business community to slowly begin reopening the economy, saying they will follow guidelines set by Gov. Gavin Newsom later this week.

“There is some sunshine, there is some optimism, we’re heading in a good direction,” County Executive Officer Mike Powers said during a news conference Wednesday.

He said that officials are meeting all the benchmarks set by the state, like expanding testing and protecting the most vulnerable, ahead of reopening.

“We’re working with the business community to make sure they can hit the ground running,” Powers said.

Newsom announced earlier this week that retail and other low-risk businesses can begin to reopen with new safety measures.

Neighboring Los Angeles County on Wednesday announced florists and car dealerships can reopen with restrictions, and some retail stores can provide curbside pickup starting Friday.

Once some businesses in Ventura County are allowed to reopen, officials will continue to monitor to make sure employees and visitors continue to abide by social distancing guidelines, Powers said.

As of Wednesday, the county had a total of 608 coronavirus cases with 19 deaths.

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