The Ventura City Council has again extended a program in which five blocks of downtown Main Street are closed to motor traffic to allow small businesses hammered by COVID-19 restrictions to expand their operations outside.
The Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion Program, also known as “Main Street Moves,” launched June 16 for 30 days and was initially extended by the council until Sept. 15. The latest extension is until Feb. 15, or until the county’s coronavirus pandemic emergency health order expires, whichever comes first.
Under the program developed by Downtown Ventura Partners, the business association for downtown merchants, Main Street from the San Buenaventura Mission to Fir Street is only open to pedestrians and cyclists.
Also closed under the program to motor traffic is one block of South California Street between Main and Santa Clara streets.