As we all work together to “flatten the curve,” the City is focusing on doing what it can to help encourage social distancing. As we near the weekend, and people are eager to get out of the house, we wanted to provide an update on some recent measures we’ve implemented, as well as some things you should be aware of.

The latest statistics, available on VCEmergency.com, show approximately 61 cases of coronavirus in the County, with 2 of in Ojai. We’re hopeful that all of your efforts may be helping to flatten the curve. However, we still need to be cautious, as the next couple of weeks will likely be critical in preventing the spread.

With the implementation of Ventura County’s “Stay Well at Home” order, the City of Ojai has made a difficult decision to close the Skate Park, playgrounds, and sports courts to encourage social distancing as much as possible. We’re hopeful that taking these matters seriously now will help in the long run.

The trails remain open, but the City will be placing reminders asking visitors to practice social distancing. We’ve all seen videos and pictures of crowded trails and beaches in other areas. Please avoid crowds and keep these precautions in mind:

  • Practice social distance, and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

The Farmer’s Market is also scheduled to remain open, as it provides an essential service by providing healthy, nutritious food. We’ll be placing signage at the market reminding everyone to follow the same measures. We’ve also worked closely with the Farmer’s Market to put some additional precautions in place. If you attend, please keep safe and follow the precautions.

You can get more information on these and other measures by visiting Ojaicity.org. We’ve updated our resources page with more information on services available to residents, businesses, and others.

Lastly, we want to remind everyone that many restaurants and essential businesses are still open and providing important services, takeout or delivery food. Our local restaurants are owned and staffed by neighbors and friends. If you can, please visit and support each other, while practicing social distancing.

Stay healthy and safe!