Pictured: Michael Walker, acting County Counsel for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, during a closed session report out on Jan. 12, 2020. Screenshot of live video. 

by Kimberly Rivers

Ventura County will sue 10 local businesses, including restaurants and gyms, for alleged violations of orders requiring closures due to the pandemic. 

Following the closed session of the Jan. 12 meeting of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, County Counsel Michael Walker reported that the board had voted 4-1 to commence legal action against 10 businesses in the county for failing to abide by state pandemic mandates.

The approved action is being made in response to “repeated violations of the state order and closure orders issued by the county health officer,” said Walker.

The suits will be filed “as soon as possible,” Walker said, responding via email to the Ventura County Reporter, confirming that both the county and county health officer “will be represented by County Council” in these actions. 

Walker listed the following businesses that will be sued by the county: Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut in Oxnard; Allison’s Country Cafe in Ventura; Good Morning Cafe in Camarillo; Anytime Fitness in Camarillo, Simi Valley and two locations in Thousand Oaks; Fitness 19 in Oxnard and Camarillo and Gold’s Gym in Thousand Oaks. 

“The cases seek to compel compliance by the businesses and their owners with the provisions of the state public health order prohibiting indoor operations by gyms and restaurants at this time as well as the closure orders issued by the county health officer to these businesses due to their refusal to comply with these provisions of the state public health order,” said Walker. 

Supervisor Bob Huber (Dist. 4) was the lone vote opposing the action. 

The closed session report can be viewed on the County’s Facebook page HERE.