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City of Ojai Announces Order Allowing Businesses to Use Outside Areas

On July 23, 2020, the City of Ojai announced an order allowing businesses to use outside areas. The order is intended to allow businesses that were impacted by the State’s order, which closed the indoor operations of many businesses within Ventura County, to reopen. Businesses can apply through the City for a temporary use permit and submit a plan to operate in an outdoor expansion area.

The City is waiving fees for these permits in an effort to help support local businesses that have been impacted by the closure orders.

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Reminder: Face Coverings Requirement in Ojai

The City of Ojai and the State of California require face coverings at businesses or when physical distancing cannot be maintained, with few exceptions (see below for more information).  Residents may contact the City’s Code Compliance Division to report any businesses that are not complying ( or call (805) 646-5581 ext. 117). Businesses may refuse service and contact Code Compliance or call the non-emergency Police line at (805) 646-1414 if customers refuse to comply.

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Reminder: Complete the 2020 Census Today.

By now, you’ve probably seen several messages encouraging you to fill out your Census. According to the latest self-response data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 7/7/20, 61.2% of Ojai residents have completed their Census forms, let’s keep going!

If you have already taken the Census, thank you! Now we challenge you to reach out to your friends and family members and encourage them to fill out their Census forms. It only takes a few minutes to complete and will help ensure our community gets its share of political representation and receive federal funds for vital services,

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State Issues Guidance on Closure of Sectors in Response to COVID-19

(07/01/20) Ventura, CA – As COVID-19 transmission rates continue to rise, Governor Newsom issued guidance today that instructs counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more to close indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult. Within those sectors, those that are not able to continue their business through outdoor operations must close that portion of their business effective immediately for at least three weeks,

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The Small Business Administration Reopens the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance Program Portal

To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.

SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory,

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