Posted Oct 19, 2020 | By Brittney Hendricks
We’ve missed you and are thrilled to welcome you back! As of Friday, June 12th, Ventura County has officially reopened for leisure travel.
We’ve missed you and are thrilled to welcome you back! As of Friday, June 12th, Ventura County has officially reopened for leisure travel. While we’re excited to welcome you, we also know it’s important that we encourage responsible travel for the health and safety of our visitors and residents alike.
Things will be different for a little while as we navigate this new and temporary reality. While we continue to protect each other from coronavirus, we’d like to make sure you’re equipped with essential need-to-know information while visiting. From local rules and regulations to social distancing friendly activities, here are some things you can expect when traveling to Oxnard, California.
We echo the Visit California Responsible Travel Code that asks visitors to travel with “RESPECT” by committing to seven main points while exploring the Golden State. “We hope this code can serve as a quick resource for travelers on how to stay safe and be respectful of others and of the environment when visiting the State,” said Caroline Beteta, President and CEO of Visit California
Being a safe, responsible, and respectful traveler has never been more important. Accordingly, certain restrictions in California have been enacted to protect residents and visitors alike. Prior to your arrival, please review the latest information from Ventura County Recovers to ensure that you are up-to-date on the most recent public health directives. Please do your best to adhere to the following guidelines:
As of June 18th, face coverings are required in the State of California in high-risk situations. Certain exemptions apply. Although encouraged while in public spaces, face coverings are not required while outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence. Read here for full guidance from the California Department of Public Health.
Practicing social distancing is required. Please remain six feet away from those not in your traveling party at all times.
The best way to reduce their risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:
Please first call your primary care doctor, a nurse hotline, or an urgent care center before going to the hospital. Check online resources like the CDC website if you are worried that you or a loved one has the COVID-19 virus. Do not go to the emergency room of a hospital unless you have deemed that you have an actual emergency. Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the State with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. See the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy for more information. Ventura County has moved to the less restrictive red tier of the system as of October 6. It will continue lifting restrictions once its average daily new COVID-19 cases are fewer than four for every 100,000 residents, approximately 35 per day, for two consecutive weeks.
While we won’t see the return of museums, live events and festivals until test positivity rates improve, as of August 31st, the following businesses are open with modified operations.
We are delighted to share the news that Oxnard restaurants are now able to reopen indoors with restrictions. The Collection, for instance, has reopened indoor dining at 25% capacity, while continuing to offer extended patio space and safe socially distant outdoor dining options.
Citywide, many restaurants are offering takeout and curbside delivery options in addition to al fresco (or, fresh air) dining options for guests. Please call ahead to see what each restaurant is offering, as offerings are subject to change.
Oxnard hotels have been approved to reopen for leisure travel as of June 12th. Hotel rooms must be left vacant for 24 hours after a guest has departed. Please contact your hotel directly to see whether pools, gyms, onsite dining and other amenities have reopened – upon reopening, amenities may be available to guests at reduced capacities, and reservations may be required.
Oxnard is full of incredible opportunities for outdoor recreation and cultural travel. Many recreational businesses in the Channel Islands Harbor have reopened and are accepting reservations. The Mullin Automotive Museum will officially reopen Friday, Nov. 6, 2020; Murphy Auto Museum officially reopened Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The Murphy‘s Muscles & Mojo Morning Car Show returned August 2 from 7am to 9am and will be held monthly every 1st Sunday. News on the reopening of Channel Islands Maritime Museum is forthcoming.
As of July 16, Ventura County bars that serve food and wineries may open outdoor operations. This includes bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries, wineries and wine tasting rooms. Please reach out to each individually to see what they are offering. Breweries include: Casa Agria Specialty Ales; Red Tandem Brewery. Wineries include: Herzog Wine Cellars; Strey Cellars; Magnavino Cellars; Rancho Ventavo Cellars.
Grab a beer on draft from Bottle & Pint taproom inside Annex Food Hall at The Collection at RiverPark. Although the taproom is closed for indoor tastings, you can take your beer to go and head over to the new outdoor dining setup at Park View Court.
The Collection has announced that as of Friday Oct. 9, Century RiverPark 16 & XD will be open to serve moviegoers, with private watch parties (up to 20 guests) available for $99 to $149. Plaza Cinemas at Centennial Plaza in Downtown Oxnard has a reopening date of October 16.
All retail stores are open; many retailers are offering curbside delivery so that shoppers may avoid shopping indoors. Please call ahead to see what retailers are offering. Salons, Barbershops and Malls are able to reopen for indoor services beginning August 31.
Before visiting, we recommend confirming all reservations—especially if you made them in advance of the pandemic. This applies to hotels, restaurants, and attractions, as businesses are reopening at different paces with different guidelines for their guests.
Oxnard is blessed with an abundance of wide-open spaces. Whether you’re visiting the beaches or expansive Channel Islands Harbor, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor environments and activities and still practice safe social distancing. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy fresh air in Oxnard:
Oxnard’s pristine sandy beaches are among the city’s most prized assets. You’ll find intermediate- and expert-level waves to surf along our coastline, long stretches of shoreline to walk and/or jog and plenty of space to throw out a blanket and soak up the sun. Check out our guide to Oxnard’s beaches here.
Rent a bike or surrey from Wheel Fun Rentals, and take a leisurely cruise around the harbor or Oxnard Beach Park. Or, work up a sweat and traverse along Oxnard’s section of the Pacific Coast Bike Route.
Channel Islands Harbor is home to some phenomenal outdoor activities: kayaking, parasailing, electric boating, stand-up paddleboarding, wave running, fishing and more are all recreational opportunities found in Oxnard. For information on what’s open, read our recent reopening article here.
The Collection’s visitors can meander the outdoor walkways to explore and experience the shopping center’s diverse sculptures, murals and other artwork. Artist Skye Sweet recently created a mural with incredibly intricate details and vibrant colors that visitors have to see for themselves.
Downtown Oxnard has a few opportunities for self-guided walking tours. Choose from a 2.5-mile or abbreviated 1.25-mile walk in the heart of the city. Or, head to Heritage Square, where you’ll find a collection of restored Victorian structures built between 1876 and 1912; the square is open daily for self-guided walking tours.
In the event that you do begin to feel ill while visiting Oxnard, here is the need-to-know testing, urgent care and hospital information:
In Oxnard, no-cost COVID-19 testing is available at Oxnard Performing Arts Center at 800 Hobson Way. Please register by calling, or register online. You can contact the center by phone at 1-888-634-1123. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 8am to 8pm. An additional Optumserve State location is open at Thousand Oaks Library. Drive-up testing is available in adjacent cities Ventura, Santa Paula and Moorpark.
There are two urgent care centers in Oxnard accepting patients for Covid-19; these include Las Islas Family Medical Group South at 325 West Channel Islands Blvd (open 7 days/week from 9am to 5pm) and Magnolia Family Medical Center at 2240 E. Gonzalez Rd. (open Monday thru Friday from 8:30am to 5pm). For pre-screenings and appointments, call the hotline at 1-805-652-7660. Additional urgent care locations are available in adjacent cities Ventura, Fillmore, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley.
The main hospitals in our county include:
During an infectious disease outbreak, it’s important to take care for your own physical and mental health. If you are in distress, Ventura County offers a free, confidential health and human services hotline available 24/7 in multiple languages. Call 1-866-998-2243 to talk to specialist in areas including stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol misuse.
We are encouraged by visitors seeking to travel responsibly. We are also heartened by the respect shown to our communities, environment and fellow travelers. Oxnard is here when you feel ready to travel, and we look forward to welcoming you to mix things up. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and appreciate your support of our community!
Southern California native Brittney Hendricks is a travel writer and marketing professional who lives locally with her husband, son and dog. A retired pro dancer and dance instructor, she enjoys staying active by jogging and bicycling the promenades of Oxnard’s beaches.send email