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City of Simi Valley Provides Assistance to Restaurants Offering Dine-In Service and Retail Businesses May Now Allow In-Store Shopping

Post Date:05/22/2020 11:00 AM

CONTACT:  Linda Swan
                    Deputy City Manager
                    (805) 583-6701

Simi Valley restaurants are now able to provide dine-in service to their customers and the City of Simi Valley has created a plan to assist restaurants to seat the most patrons in their space.  The County of Ventura received authorization from the State of California to accelerate reopening of restaurants and retail businesses.  However, compliance with the dine-in service guidelines will reduce the seating capacity in restaurants by almost 50%, creating a financial burden on the restaurant.

To assist Simi Valley restaurants and ease their financial burden, the City is allowing restaurants to temporarily place seating in public spaces and other areas to increase dine-in service to pre-COVID-19  levels  through  the  issuance  of  a  Temporary Use Permit.  To learn more about the Temporary Use Permit process, please visit for the COVID-19 Temporary Use Permit Guide for restaurants. Operators of food facilities can also call the Planning Division at (805) 583-6769.

Additionally, all retail stores with exterior facing entrances can now open for in-store shopping by customers.  Both restaurants and retail stores must follow the State guidelines and must register at  Registration includes the preparation of a Prevention Plan that guides a business to comply with State guidelines.  

Although the County’s progress in achieving public health metrics continues to allow for a gradual re-opening of the economy, the practice of social distancing is still essential for our community members and businesses to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. The required COVID-19 Prevention Plan requires businesses to implement measures that ensure a clean and safe environment for employees and customers.  To obtain more information about the State’s Phase 2 Roadmap to Recovery, please visit  

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