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Ventura County Drops Lawsuits Against Businesses Which Refused To Comply With COVID-19 Safety Orders

Ventura County has now dropped legal action against five businesses which officials say refused to comply with COVID-19 safety orders.

The county had gone to court to try to stop the indoor operations of three fitness businesses in Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and Westlake Village.  The legal actions also included restaurants in Oxnard and Thousand Oaks which officials say openly defied key safety orders.

Ventura County Supervisors say in light of the county’s move to the red tier, they are dropping the suits as an act of goodwill.  They say the lawsuits were never intended to be punitive, but were efforts to stop the businesses from endangering their customers with unsafe practices.

Supervisors thanked the vast majority of businesses which complied with safety orders.  They noted the businesses were acting in the best interests of the community despite the financial hardships they faced.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.